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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 tutoring.

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 Monday evening.

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 approach.

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.