The Jumpstart Program
Jumpstart group mentoring is an after-school program that serves elementary, intermediate, and middle school youth in Morgan and Johnson County. During these after-school sessions, youth learn valuable life skills while building positive relationships with their peers and Youth Connections mentors. Youth have a safe after-school environment where they can focus on character development, learn essential skills, and have fun! Our curriculum is based on life skills lessons developed by the ARISE® Foundation as well proven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming. In 2014, Youth Connections began implementing STEM curriculum into our evidence based ARISE® lessons.
To introduce our students to STEM activities, Youth Connections began providing Lego Education™ robotics programming to our local schools. During the summer of 2015, students will also learn to build SeaPerch™ underwater robotics kits with Youth Connections mentors!
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. Youth Connections is proud to have a certified ARISE® Master Trainer on staff with subsequent training to Program Coordinator.
Youth meet at their school weekly for 16 weeks each semester (32 weeks a year) with Youth Connections’ staff. Youth also have an optional summer program available to them. Each group meets weekly for 1 ½ – 2 hours to focus on social and emotional development as well as essential life skills.
For more information on the Jumpstart after-school program please contact our Program Coordinator at (317) 738-3273.
For more information on ARISE®, SeaPerch™ or Lego Education™, click on the logo.