The JUMP Program: Current Status
JUMP's main focus is to promote the
advancement of education by providing free tutoring to children identified as
having difficulty in math. In particular, our aim is to reach children from
low-income families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford private
Working with certain partner
schools across Toronto, JUMP recruits, trains and schedules volunteer tutors to
work with elementary-level students in need. These students are identified and
referred to the program by their teacher or school administrator.
JUMP currently works
with 14 elementary schools in the City of Toronto:
As well, in January 2003 we launched a pilot program with the York Detention
Centre, a secure custody and detention facility located in downtown Toronto.
The 36-bed facility serves youth from ages 12 to 15, and the participating
students meet one-on-one with a JUMP tutor every Saturday afternoon, and
Originally envisioned as a
one-on-one program, JUMP is also helping in the classroom.
Near the end of the
2000-2001 school year, several teachers from Queen Victoria, one of our
partner schools, approached us. They had observed remarkable changes in
the students enrolled in JUMP and were interested in learning
more. We agreed to conduct a small pilot project: teachers
would be trained in the JUMP approach and, with the support of trained
tutors once a week, would teach JUMP math to their classes. By the
end of May 2002, 10 teachers at the school were using the JUMP
Encouraged by the overwhelming success of this new format, we expanded the
in-class program to include 3 additional schools for the following school
year: Carleton Village, Essex and Lord Dufferin. As a result, during the
2002-2003 school year, we worked with a group of supportive teachers to
bring the JUMP program to more than 50 classrooms! For the 2003-2004 school
year, we have added 3 more schools (Brock Jr., Nelson Mandela Park, and
Perth Avenue) to bring our total number of schools running the in-class
program up to 7.