JUMP for College strives to equip youth ages 14-22 with the skills needed to successfully attend and graduate from all different types of post-secondary education. Staff members do this through building relationships, facilitating workshops, and meeting individually with the youth. Educational advisors first meet with each young adult to identify their strengths and their goals. Then the youth are assisted in creating an academic plan that will help them reach the goals they have set for themselves. Every week, educational advisors visit La Paloma group homes to provide reading and writing skills tutoring. Thanks to community support and donations, participants also are provided with opportunities to experience a number of cultural outings, including NFL games, theater productions, and ballet performances.
In early 2013, JUMP for College started an after school tutoring program where youth are provided with a safe space to complete homework and receive academic assistance. When compared to their peers, youth in foster care have higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness, score lower on standardized tests, and are twice as likely to be held back a year in school. Tutoring is crucial in helping these youth to become academically successful.