What is the JourneyUP Mentor Program (JUMP)?

When you come to JourneyUP Mentor Program, it’s like a friend giving you advice. It’s about helping you know what you should do, but not forcing you to change. They tell you what’s better for you in life because they are your friend.
— Angel, 19-year-old JUMP participant



The JourneyUP Mentor Program (JUMP) builds meaningful relationships for youth by matching them with a trained volunteer mentor to help them transition to independent living.  These mentors build long-lasting friendships with the youth, as well as help them to access community resources.

Workshops & Activities:

Twice a month life skills workshops and activities are provided to help JUMP participants learn and practice skills basic to successful adult living.  Some of these topics include finances and taxes, getting and keeping a job, finding and accessing community resources, healthy relationships, coping skills, and many more. 

Activities in the community are also provided to help youth with healthy recreational activities and to build relationships with their mentors and fellow program participants.

Group Mentoring:

Group mentoring is our 6-month program for youth in custody focused on building healthy mentor relationships and teaching essential life skills. During each bi-monthly session,  the goal is to teach a new life skill while connections develop amongst the group of youth and mentors. After the sessions are complete, the youth can continue their mentorships through JUMP outside an organized meeting.

What is a mentor?

Mentors are positive role models, advisers, and supporters for youth who are transitioning to adult living. A mentor and youth (ages 14-24) are matched in a one-to-one friendship that they help choose. They socialize and spend time together each month, usually about 6 to 8 hours. Mentors can help youth develop life skills and accomplish goals with the support of JUMP services and activities.

Mentoring Matters


Build friendships
Mentors meet with a youth monthly for at least one year

Have fun
Mentors laugh, play, and have new experiences

Mentors remember birthdays, celebrate successes, talk through  problems, etc.

Mentors are committed, positive role models

Mentors come to group activities and trainings

Mentors assist youth to overcome barriers to success

Keep an open mind
Mentors practice non-judgment and the respect of others’ values

Create a community
Mentors help youth find resources, meet new people, and expand their opportunities

Rely on support
Mentors access professional services from JUMP