When a JUMP mentor finishes his or her year-long commitment as a mentor he or she may choose to continue the mentoring relationship, or end the relationship. The choice is easy for many mentors.

"Sometimes there really is no choice," JUMP Program Manager Jill Hampton said. "Several of our mentors would never dream of ending their match after the one year time commitment. The relationship they have with their mentee is just as important to them as it is to the child."

In some instances, mentors have personal reasons that do not allow them to continue the match, which is what happened to Jessica's previous mentors.

Jessica is 13 years old and lives in a single-parent household. She is very polite and friendly, and she joins in on whatever is going on around her.

"A lot of adults are leery to be matched with teenagers," Hampton said. "But Jessica is not the typical teenager. She attends church and has been a part of the 4-H program for several years - and she has been involved in the JUMP Program since she was 6 years old."

Hampton said that Jessica still wants to be matched with a mentor - she misses having that extra person in her life that she can open up with and develop a friendship with. Jessica enjoys crafts, cooking, scrapbooking and she really enjoys any new activity. The ideal mentor for Jessica would be someone who enjoys crafts and other creative activities.

The process to become a mentor is simple. Applicants may visit www.mcysb.org and download an application form the YSB's website. After the application is completed, staff will contact you to set up an interview. The interview is to help staff get to know the applicant on a personal level, so they can be sure to match you with a mentee who has similar interests.

If you would like additional information about the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau and its JUMP Program, contact Jill Hampton at 362-0694 ext. 12 or e-mail her at jillhysb@sbcglobal.net .