The Jumpstart Program

 Research indicates that between the hours of 3pm-6pm youth are at the highest risk of engaging in juvenile delinquent behavior if youth do not have the networks of support to channel their time productively.  The Jumpstart Program works with middle school youth in Morgan and Johnson counties to invest in the prevention of juvenile delinquency by keeping youth engaged.

Jumpstart offers middle school youth a safe after-school alternative where youth focus on character development and learn essential skills to help them succeed in school and life – while having fun!  Our curriculum is based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets for Youth and a meta-analysis of research and a skills building curriculum developed by the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.

Youth meet at their middle school weekly for 16 weeks each semester (32 weeks a year) with a Youth Connections Group Mentor.  Each group meets for 2 hours to focus on social and emotional development as well as essential life skills.  Youth are referred to our program by their school counselor, probation officer, parent, or other community partner.

For more information on the Jumpstart Program please contact our Programs Manager at (317) 738-3273.