The Paper of Montgomery County, in cooperation with the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, will weekly be bringing its readers stories of young Montgomery County boys who are currently in need of a mentor through the Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP). All names and some situational details have been changed to protect the confidentiality of our clients. This is the third story installment.

The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau's Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP) works diligently to meet the needs of the children on its waiting list for a mentor.

The majority of the waiting list includes boys who need an extra male role model in their lives. Some of the boys come from homes with a single mom; some come from homes where they are being raised by their grandparents or another member of their extended family.

Casey has grown up in a home with a single mom. He has never had any interaction with his father. He says that he wants a mentor because his dad isn't part of his life, and he wants someone who can be a friend and help teach him things. He's never had that type of interaction and would thrive when given that opportunity.

Casey is 13 and likes to just hang out, play video games or watch movies. He likes to listen to music, play board games, ride bikes and go to museums. He lives in the South Montgomery school district.

"Casey is a nice laid back boy who really just wants someone to spend time with him and who can be a positive male role model to him," JUMP Program Manager Jill Hampton said.

JUMP tries to match adult mentors with a mentee who shares similar interests. The process of becoming a mentor is an interview with program staff in an effort to get to know what type of person you are and what activities and things you enjoy doing.

"We want to make matches that last and thrive," Hampton said. "In order to do that we like to get to know you so we can make a match that will last."

Becoming a mentor is easy. The first step is to call or e-mail Hampton at 362-0694 ext. 12 or She can review the program further with you and discuss the interview and screening process. She can also share with you ways that mentoring can help change your life, as well as the life of a local youth.

The Juvenile Mentoring Program is a program of the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau.