Caden hopes for outdoorsy mentor


Editor’s Note: The JUMP program, which is a part of the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, is recruiting volunteers to be mentors for the youth of our community. In an effort to help potential volunteers feel more confident about the process, the JUMP program is sharing a series of profiles on children who are on the waiting list with Journal Review readers. The names and ages of the children have been changed slightly for their privacy. 

Caden is the oldest child out of a family of four children. He is 12 years old and living in a single-parent home. His mom says he is a good and well-mannered boy. He can be shy at first, but once he gets to know you he is outgoing and makes friends easily. He really likes sports and outdoor activities.

Caden would like to be on a basketball team, he likes to play at the park, climb things and read books, especially Harry Potter books. If he could learn something new, it would be to get better at math and science. A fun day for him would be to go to an amusement park and eat at Arby’s. When asked what he would like to do if he were matched with a mentor, he said play basketball and do things outdoors.

“Caden is a nice kid and I think he would really benefit from someone who likes outdoor activities,” said Jill Hampton, JUMP program manager. “He can be quiet and shy at first but I found him to be extremely nice and it was easy to talk to him. I believe once he warms up to a person, he will be more talkative and a lot of fun to be around.”

If you are age 21 or older and would like to become a mentor, contact Hampton at 765-362-0694, ext. 103 or email at  

To learn more about the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, visit or visit their Facebook page at

The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau is a United Fund Partner Agency.


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