J.U.M.P.! (Juniors Undertaking Manhattan’s Possibilities) Volunteer Program
J.U.M.P.! is a group mentoring program that occurs one Saturday a month from October to June each year. Volunteers are young New York City professionals who accompany children and teens on recreational and cultural outings around the metropolitan area. For Grand St. Settlement’s participants, these Saturday outings offer an opportunity to see and experience the city with mentors and role models. Each year, approximately 75 volunteers and 90 children and teens take part in J.U.M.P.!
In addition to monthly trips, volunteers help plan our annual Taste of the Lower East Side event which raises more than $350,000 to support J.U.M.P.! and other Grand St. Settlement youth programs.
Mentors at Grand St. Settlement’s Computer Clubhouse
Grand St. Settlement regularly seeks volunteers in our Computer Clubhouse during school year. Volunteers assist youth participants in learning new technology, multi-media projects, and homework help. Computer Clubhouse hours are Monday – Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. We require a commitment of 2-3 hours, one day a week, for at least 3 months.
What would I do as a Clubhouse Mentor? Mentors participate in many activities at the Computer Clubhouse, but it’s important for Clubhouse volunteers to understand that Mentors help youth express themselves through technology. Clubhouse Mentors support youth as they connect their interests with the computer technology skills they need to express those interests.
Are technical skills necessary to be a good volunteer/Mentor? Not at all. The most important skill a Clubhouse Mentor can possess is the ability to work well with youth. Knowing about computers and/or the software titles is great but what the youth need is consistent caring adults. The Computer Clubhouse is about building self-confidence, exploring creativity and gaining life skills. Without technical skills you can still encourage a Member, and one of the most powerful things for youth to see is your willingness to learn right along side them.
This year the Computer Clubhouse celebrates its 10th birthday. Check out this special birthday video made by Clubhouse participants.
Corporate Volunteer Projects
Grand St. Settlement is open to working with corporate volunteers to design projects that fit the interests of volunteers and the needs of our organization. Past projects have included mural painting, arts & crafts with young people or senior citizens, gift wrapping during the holiday season, and helping out with large events. If you are interested in organizing a corporate volunteer event at Grand St. Settlement, please email