What is JUMP!

Juniors Undertaking Manhattan’s Possibilities (JUMP!) is a volunteer opportunity for young professionals to make lifelong connections with youth via monthly engagement opportunities. Relationships are cultivated through day-long trips and service projects.

Volunteer one Saturday a Month from 9am to 5pm

  • Mandatory Orientation – October 26, 2023
  • November 11, 2023
  • December 16, 2023 – Holiday Service Project
  • January 20, 2024 – Service Project
  • February 10, 2024
  • March 16, 2024
  • April 13, 2024
  • May 18, 2024

Please note: Any Volunteer or Trip Lead absence must be communicated to Grand Street Staff up to one month in advance

Currently Seeking Trip Leads and Volunteers

Interested in volunteering? Contact us!

JUMP! Trip & Volunteer Leads

A JUMP Trip Lead commits to planning each trip and engagement activity for the year. They remind volunteers of upcoming trips and events, and stay in touch with Grand Street Settlement staff. They communicate highlights or challenges, and facilitate engagement events for volunteers – like dinners or drinks after trips. Trip Leads are also expected to attend trips and engagement activities, and to ensure interactions are age appropriate, safe, healthy and inclusive. Finally, Trip Leads provide constructive feedback to volunteers if needed.

JUMP! Volunteers

A JUMP Volunteer is required to attend trips and engagement activities and provide healthy, safe and inclusive interactions with participating youth. Volunteers are also expected to provide constructive feedback to their JUMP Trip Lead about youth interactions or trips/engagement activities.


  • 85% attendance 
  • Attend the Volunteer Orientation in person September 21
  • Volunteers must be fingerprinted and pass the sex offender background check (faciliatedby GSS).

Join us at Taste of the Lower East Side

this May!

All JUMP Volunteers are invited and encouraged to attend Grand St. Settlement’s annual fundraising event, Taste of the Lower East Side, each year in May. Taste of the Lower East Side is one of the best charity events in New York City. It was started in 2000 by JUMP volunteers. It serves as a fun celebration to end the JUMP year, and proceeds from the event fund the next JUMP year. JUMP volunteers are welcome to join the planning committee for Taste of the Lower East Side, but it is not required and all volunteers receive one complimentary ticket to the event.