JourneyUP Mentor Project
The JourneyUP Mentor Project (JUMP) assists youth to develop life skills, accomplish goals, and find resources to become independent by providing access to adult mentors and to basic services such as housing, employment, educational opportunities, medical and dental, and mental health services.
How it works...
Mentors are positive role models, advisors, and supporters for youth who were formally in foster care or facing homelessness. A mentor and youth (ages 17-24) are matched in a one-to-one friendship that they help choose. They socialize and spend time together each month, usually about 4-8 hours. Mentors can help youth develop life skills and accomplish goals with the support of The JUMP services and activities. To learn more or to see upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, visit the www.JourneyUP.org page.
To see the JourneyUP Mentor Project Wish List, click here.
Through the JourneyUP Mentor Project or JUMP, we supply foster teens leaving state custody with move-in kits to help them as they take their first steps into the adult world. Many youth aging out of foster care may not be able to return home, and most choose to leave state custody when they turn 18 years old. According to national statistics, without reliable support systems these teens face a higher risk of homelessness, early pregnancy, incarceration and unemployment than their peers.
CBI started this program created specifically to support youth leaving foster care by providing an array of basic household items in a 30-gallon plastic container. From a first aid kit to a pillow and blanket to pots and pans, JUMP Kits are distributed across the state, each valued at $130.
In 2014, an estimated 130 teens will age out of foster care and transition into adult living. Using these JUMP Kits, this population will have a healthy start to furnishing their first home.
Division of Child & Family Services
Annually, CBI partners with The Division of Child & Family Services to support their Youth Leadership Summits throughout the state. Summits are provided for youth preparing to age out of foster care and give them the opportunity to learn skills they’ll need as they become adults.
At the Summit, youth also participate in a Youth Speak-Out where they are able to share their foster care experiences with each other, administration and lawmakers. Youth appreciate this opportunity to help promote change in the system.
Youth say that they feel empowered by being surrounded by other youth at the Summit who are just like them; they no longer feel alone.