College JUMP (Journey Upward Mentoring Program)

Refugee Youth Project’s College JUMP (Journey Upward Mentoring Program) was created in 2015 through a partnership between the BCCC Refugee Youth Project and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in response to the need RYP staff saw among its students for more college preparation. Undergraduate students volunteer as near-peer mentors to 11th- and 12th-grade refugee students in Baltimore City and County. Mentors and mentees meet on a weekly basis to go over college exploration, application, and preparation. They also participate in monthly events and/or workshops, aimed to expose students to various aspects of college life. Ultimately, College JUMP strives to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to gain admission and feel prepared for success in postsecondary institutions.

At this time, all program volunteers are UMBC students, but College JUMP hopes to expand to other colleges and universities in the near future.  This project is funded and supported by the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic and AmeriCorps VISTA.

Meet the 2017-2018 Leadership Team!

Alexis-Logan Brown

College JUMP (Journey Upward Mentoring Program) Coordinator

Alexis Logan-Brown is the current AmeriCorps VISTA coordinator for College Jump and serves as the primary liaison between UMBC and the BCCC Refugee Youth Project. Continuous interaction with stakeholders from both organizations and additional community partners enables College JUMP to build its capacity with the goal of increasing applications, acceptance, and attendance of refugee youth in colleges and universities. Alexis is a graduate of the College of Charleston where she majored in International Studies, Political Science, and Psychology and looks to continue her service through refugee awareness and advocacy.

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Nour Aboumatar

Fundraising Coordinator

Nour Aboumatar currently serves as the Fundraising Coordinator for College JUMP and works on the financial needs for the program. Nour works to schedule fundraiser nights and apply for funding in order to keep our program running. A seasoned member of the team, Nour has been with the program for three years and helped with the program’s formation. Nour is currently studying Biology and Public Health and is looking to work in the medical field in the future.

Madeline Dement

Events Specialist

Madeline Dement currently serves as the Events Specialist of College JUMP, coordinating monthly events such as college visits and college access workshops for students participating in the program. A sophomore global studies major at UMBC, Madeline has focused her studies on international development and relations and hopes to eventually pursue the Peace Corps and other career international aid opportunities.

Luwam Gebreyesus

Mentor Support Specialist

Luwam Gebreyesus serves as Mentor Support Specialist is to help provide mentors with the tools and resources needed to successfully assist mentees with the college exploration, application, and preparation process. Luwam has been part of RYP for almost a year now. Luwam is a Human Administration ad Public Policy major at UMBC and started off as a mentor and transitioned into the leadership team earlier this year. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking and spend time with her brothers. Luwam’s thrilled for the upcoming year and can’t wait to see College Jump bloom!