York Jump – Start is directed by York Police Chief Douglas P. Bracy and steered by an Advisory Board of volunteers, including, a District Court Judge, community business representatives, social service providers, educators, police officers and many other dedicated individuals. It is endorsed by the Judicial System and the Department of Corrections / Juvenile Probation. The program offers itself to the community and is represented in the Communities For Children campaign.

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Youth will be required to perform community service for 5-10 hours depending on severity of crime committed.  Youth have the option of choosing approved sites from the York area.  The end of the eight-week curriculum must complete community service. 

Through this service, youth will have the opportunity to re-establish themselves back into the community.  Youth will develop skills such as responsibility, respect for themselves and others, and understand their capabilities. It will give youth an opportunity to give back to the community.




A Mentoring and Decision Skills Program for Youth

 "It Takes a Village
To Raise A Child"

                               - African Proverb

Jump – Start encourages students, parents, schools, business organizations, faith communities, and law enforcement to work together to find common ground, mutual respect and accountability. It is our hope that we may build the framework for positive change for our youth and our communities.

Mission Statement:
The York Jumpstart Program, a collaborative effort between police and community volunteers, is for first-time juvenile offenders of non-violent crimes and at-risk youth offering a positive alternative to court hearings and punishment.  The goal of Jump-Start is to build self-esteem and develop decision-making and life skills through mentoring. Community service options will give youth the opportunity to re-establish and reintegrate themselves into the community. 

Program Objectives:

  • Reduce the number of repeat juvenile offenders
  • Immediate consequences after the offense
  • Youth are answerable back to the community
  • Community accepts ownership of its youth and their problems
  • Promote communications and interaction between youth, families, and community
  • Provide closer supervision of youth while on Informal Adjustment 

For a more in -depth look at the eight week program



For More Information Contact

School Resource officer
Jamie R. Rooney

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What is a Mentor?


How to become a Mentor
It’s easy! Pick up an application at the York Police Station, complete it and return it to the station. You will be contacted for a brief interview and will need to agree to a criminal background check. It is also advisable to attend a class or two, plus any mentor trainings offered.

Program sessions are held on Wednesday’s from 6:30-8:00 p.m., with a short de-briefing discussion following. Mentors are expected to attend all sessions, with the exception of emergencies or prior arrangements.




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