Junior Mentoring Programs

A caring adult sharing everyday experiences with a child seems so simple, but it is so incredibly important. It’s what JUMP is all about! Join us—the local leader of one-to-one youth mentoring—in delivering friendship, hope, and love to every child involved in our program. Whether you volunteer with or donate to JUMP, you will change lives, including your own. Be a part of something amazing!

ENROLL

Take the first step. Become a Mentor or Mentee.

ABOUT

Who we are and
what we believe.

CONTRIBUTE

It IS better to give than to receive!

make a difference in a child's life

CARING SHARING FRIENDSHIP

BE A PART OF SOMETHING AMAZING!

Contribute

It IS better to give than to receive!
We are committed to providing successful mentoring relationships to all children in need! We contribute to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all. Our generous supporters allow us to reach more children who need the support and guidance. A donation to JUMP is a wise investment in the future. Dollars raised go directly to support children in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
Contribute with our paypal link below or if you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor please contact us @ director@jumpwv.org or call 304-263-5522.

Our success results from the generous contributions of time and support from the community. For as little as 3-5 hours, two times a month, you too can be a part of a beautiful relationship with a child. This is all the time we ask of you to devote to a child.

  • Let us know you're interested.
    Give us a call at 304-263-5522
    Send email to director@jumpwv.org or
    Stop by our office. We are located at:
    420 S. Raleigh St. Martinsburg, WV 25401
  • Complete a Volunteer orientation and application process.
  • You can also fill out the Mentor Information Form.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Have access to a vehicle and provide a copy of driver’s license and insurance
Maintain a stable lifestyle and are in good general health
Must be emotionally mature and possess responsible judgment
Display appropriate motivation for volunteering and work within agency policy and guidelines
Submit to a criminal and sexual offender background check
Supply three references

JUMP requires that you visit your child at least twice a month.  

If you can devote more time, that is wonderful and the agency supports that.  In between visits we encourage telephone contact as a way of keeping in touch.  

The agency also asks for a one year commitment to the program.  We are please to say many matches last much longer than that.  

This might not sound like much time, but as long as contact is consistent, you can make a huge difference.

The professional staff at JUMP provides support and guidance to mentors, children, and parents in an effort to ensure greater success in matches. As a volunteer, you are never left to cope with any situation alone. Our staff is always here to help with any problems or concerns, no matter how big or small the problem may seem.  

Please don’t hesistate to call us with any questions

When establishing a friendship, it is important that you spend time together “getting to know each other.” Therefore, the agency recommends these types of “relationship building” activities:

Chores as a team/Projects, Grocery shop, Jigsaw puzzle, Bake or cook a meal, Build bird house, bookcase, or go-kart, Lawn or garden care, Teach or learn a new skill together (first aid, art, language, sport, music), Wash your car, Help with school work.

Outings could include: Your place of employment, Library, Park, Sports related (bike, swim, hike, ball, walk, tennis), Museum, Zoo, Shops of interest (antiques, crafts, hardware), Police or fire departments or Cultural events (concert, play, dance).

Regular support

Availability: as close as a telephone call or email

Response to volunteer concerns or difficulties in relationship

Acts as a mediator or liaison with family and volunteer if problems arise

Helps volunteer deal with changes within child’s family

As part of the Shepherd Campus Program, you are required to spend 2-3 hours twice a month with your child. 

One activity will be of your choosing. The other activity will be agency arranged. You are not required to attend this activity, but it will give you the opportunity to meet other mentors and children.

You are contracted for one full school year, running August/September through April/May. If you are able, we encourage you to continue your match beyond the one year and remain in contact over school breaks.

Match supervision is a must. It is imperative to a match that all parties have consistent contact with the Match Support Specialist in order to keep the agency informed of the progress of the match and any issues of concern. 

If you are interested in more information regarding this program, please e-mail Ashley at directory@jumpwv.org or call us at 304-263-5522. We would be happy to schedule an enrollment interview or answer any questions you may have.

Become a Mentee

The children in the JUMP program come from all socio-economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. Their personal backgrounds, interests, aptitudes, and needs vary greatly. Some are having trouble at home or at school; others are simply in need of guidance and friendship. 

Both the child and parent/guardian are interviewed by a staff about the child’s relationships with parents, peers, siblings, and teachers, and about the child’s interests and needs. This information is made available to the volunteer during the pre-match consultation so the volunteer may have an opportunity to accept 
the match or not, based on the information provided.

Must reside in Berkeley, Jefferson, or Morgan County

Age six to seventeen at time of application

From a family situation which lacks the involved and supportive participation of two parents, or the child has an expressed need that parents or relatives cannot meet

Has desire to be in the program

Capable of establishing a one-to-one relationship with a volunteer, have the ability to relate to a volunteer

Has a parent/guardian capable of permitting and facilitating the development of the one-to-one relationship with a volunteer

Complete the application process

When establishing a friendship, it is important that you spend time together “getting to know each other.” Therefore, the agency recommends these types of “relationship building” activities:

Chores as a team/Projects:  Grocery shop, Jigsaw puzzle, Bake or cook a meal, Build bird house, bookcase, or go-kart, Lawn or garden care, Teach or learn a new skill together (first aid, art, language, sport, music), Wash the car, or get help with school work

Outings: Visit your Mentor’s place of employment, Library Park Sports related (bike, swim, hike, ball, walk, tennis), Museum, Zoo, Shops of interest (antiques, crafts, hardware), Police or fire departments, Cultural events (concert, play, dance).

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the program, please complete the information form found here.  We look forward to having you.

ABOUT US

Making a difference since 1974

Since 1974, Berkeley County Youth Services Center, Inc. has been helping to make a difference in the lives of children and youth in our community. Doing business as, Junior Mentoring Programs (JUMP), we serve children, aged 6-18, who are primarily from single parent families. We currently serve 130 children, with approximately 60 waiting to be matched with an adult mentor.

We can't do it without you.

Our success results from the generous contributions of time and support from the community. For as little as 3-5 hours, two times a month, you too can be a part of a beautiful relationship with a child. This is all the time we ask of you to devote to a child.

Meet Our Team

Ashley Kilmer, MSW
Executive Director
akilmer@jumpwv.org

Ashley joined Junior Mentoring Programs as an intern in August of 2007. Upon her graduation from Shepherd University, with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in May of 2008, she was hired as a full-time staff member. While working as the Enrollment and Match Specialist, Ashley completed her Master's Degree in Social Work at Salisbury University in May of 2010. Ashley became the Executive Director in November of 2012. Through high school and her undergraduate degree, Ashley worked as a teacher at Nikki's Child Development Center in Berkeley Springs. At her church, Ashley teaches the 3-5 year old Sunday School class and directs VBS.

Board of Directors

Board of Members

Proudly serving Jefferson, Berkeley, & Morgan Counties

EVENTS

Please check back frequently or follow us on Facebook for event updates!

18th Annual Teeing Up Fore Kids

Golf Tournament to benefit Junior Mentoring Programs

Monday, May 13, 2019  11am – Registration/Lunch sponsored by Chick-fil-A

12pm – Tee Time/Shotgun start with dinner and awards to follow

The Woods, Hedgesville, WV 

Contact Us

We are located at:

420 S. Raleigh St.
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Phone: 304-263-5522

Fax: 304-263-5522 (call first)

You can also click here to fill out our contact form to get more info.

 

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