Jump-Starting Our Youth (JOY) Foundation was incorporated on April 28, 2010. The Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Cultural empowerment and educational enrichment is the focus of our organization. Connecting people and impacting the surrounding community is an integral part of our mission. The Foundation was established to promote programs designed to improve the quality of life for Middle Georgia citizens by providing services to individuals that promote the social welfare, academic excellence, and cultural enrichment of the citizens in the Middle Georgia community.
The thrust of the Foundation encompasses the following three programs:
* Fine Arts Scholarship
* Man of the Year Award
* Dream Job Apprenticeship Program (DJAP)
The Fine Arts Scholarship is awarded to a qualified Houston County graduating senior who plans to further their education at a college or university pursuing studies in either art, music or theatre.
The purpose of the Man of the Year Award is to increase awareness of the impact men have on our youth as they help mold and shape their future. Nominations are accepted from Houston, Peach, Pulaski, and Twiggs counties.
The Dream Job Apprenticeship Program (DJAP) is a two-week summer enrichment program for fourteen to sixteen year old students in Houston County (from low to moderate income) to explore various careers by engaging in hands-on work based learning in an occupational setting.