The Jumpstart Program
Jumpstart is a group mentoring program that serves elementary, intermediate, and middle school youth in Morgan and Johnson County. Group sessions are held during lunch and as an after-school program. All groups are focused on helping youth learn valuable life skills while building positive relationships with their peers and Youth Connections mentors.
The Jumpstart lunch program provides a small group environment that focuses on character development, social skills, and having fun! Curriculum includes life skill lessons that align with the ARISE® Foundation’s evidence-based curriculum. The after-school program has a deeper focus on proven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming while still incorporating life skill development.
In 2014, our students were introduced to STEM activities through the Lego Education™ robotics programming. During the summer of 2016, Jumpstart hosted it’s first QUEST CAMP, a free STEM camp for grades 3-8. Students participated in hands-on activities such as building marble roller coasters, making a lava lamp and, with the assistance of Holly Ward from Irving Materials, Inc., creating concrete forms.
By intertwining life skills curriculum and “hands-on” approaches in STEM programming; youth are able to grasp a better picture of “real world” scenarios in order to become more successful as they get older.
During the school year, youth meet at their school weekly for 16 weeks each semester (32 weeks a year) with Youth Connections’ staff. Lunch groups are held once a week during the regularly scheduled lunchtime for each grade level. After-school groups meet once a week for 1.5 – 2 hrs at the end of the school day. Some schools do provide transportation through activity buses at the end of the group.
For more information on Jumpstart programs please contact the Program Coordinator, Adam Bauer.
For more information on ARISE® or Lego Education™, click on the logo below..