The Junior URM Mentoring Program (JUMP) is one of the many support programs offered through the NWDP to serve as a diversity pipeline in healthcare and STEM careers. The JUMP program is a one-week summer enrichment program for rising 9th and 10th grade high school students. Thirty high school students, who demonstrate an interest in the areas of science, engineering, technology, math or health professions, will be selected. The NWDP selection process is competitive. In addition to demonstrated leadership skills, students must also have a high aptitude for science/mathematics and technology. Preference will be given to students who reside in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The JUMP program includes workshops and interactive activities that are designed to expose students to the expectations in healthcare/STEM careers.
From Monday through Friday throughout the one week, students will be involved in in various workshops, research projects, peer–mentoring tasks, and STEM focus excursions. Some materials and items covered by the program are: course materials (textbooks, pens, pencils, calculators, etc.), laboratory materials, clinical/STEM shadowing, transportation to clinical sites and field trips, and mandatory science focused excursions.
“Joining this program has given me exposure to various things such as engineering, human anatomy, and networking with professionals in the stem and healthcare fields.”
“The JUMP program was a great environment with full of kids that want to learn and explore just like me.”
The JUMP program was the first time that I learned about genetics. I remember being so fascinated by the instructor talking about DNA and RNA with a double helix model in her hand