This is the fourth installment in a series of profiles for children on the waiting list to be matched with a mentor in the JUMP program.
The JUMP program is part of the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau. The program matches children from the community with adult volunteers. The purpose of this program is so that children can have another caring, positive role model to spend time with them.
“Doing fun activities together and trying new experiences has been shown to help our youth stay in school, stay away from alcohol and drugs and to have a higher self-esteem,” said Jill Hampton, JUMP program manager. “Because of this, it is so important that we invest in these kids and their future. Not only is it good for the children, but adult volunteers benefit as well. People who volunteer and help others are happier, healthier and more active. So volunteering is a win/win situation for everyone.”
This profile is of a girl on the agency’s waiting list. Her name and age have been changed slightly to protect her privacy.
Megan is a 10-year-old girl who lives in a home with a single mother and two other siblings. Megan’s mom describes her as having a great attitude at home and says she is outgoing, funny and smart. She said Megan is an outdoor person who also likes crafts, painting, chalk drawing and shopping. Megan is great at art and loves to write stories. Although her dad is not in the picture, a close family friend is moving away and her mom felt this would be a good time to get Megan a mentor.
Megan likes school and her favorite subjects are reading and science. She enjoys jumping rope, playing with her hula hoop, making crafts and jewelry, playing board games, swimming, fishing and playing outside. When she grows up she hopes to be a doctor or a teacher. If she could be anyone in the world, she would love to be an explorer. Megan said that if she had a mentor she hopes it would be someone who likes doing crafts and making things.
“Megan is very sweet and it is easy to talk with her,” Hampton said. “I feel she would be a great match for just about anyone and that she would be a lot of fun to be around.”
If you would like to become a mentor to Megan, contact Hampton at 765-362-0694, ext. 103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau is a United Fund Partner Agency.