Guide our scholars by serving as a mentor, known to us as journeymen and journeywomen. Men and women ages 21 and older can serve with the Jonesville Academy. In approved cases, WKU students ages 18 and older may serve as journeymen/women. Multiple mentors work with a group of scholars in their designated age group.


Journeymen/women are expected to volunteer 3-6 hours a month in their mentoring role. The Jonesville Academy uses a group mentoring model, which involves 2-4 journeymen/journeywomen who serve with a specific age group. Journeymen and journeywomen attend at least one Jonesville Academy meeting month to connect with scholars, and they are asked to participate in mentoring events during the year. Past activities include Thanksgiving basket shopping, Silver Bells project, Nashville and Memphis field trips, WKU football games, and more. They also attend journeymen/women meetings 2-3 times a year. Journeymen and journeywomen are also expected to represent the organization online and in person and be supportive figures for the scholar at school, when applicable.  


  • Cleared background check
  • Experience working with youth, other than family
  • Good communications skills
  • Ability to work well with a team as well as independently
  • Positive attitude
  • Dependable 
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Adaptable/flexible
  • Passion for working with youth
  • Good time management
  • Ability to remain in the role for the entire academy year.

Next Steps

Those interested in being a journeymen/journeywomen should complete the application by July 1. Applicants will be asked for at least two references. A review committee will select applicants for interviews. After the interview, a background check is required to complete the process.

Jonesville Academy Program Dates and Times

September 2024 – May 2025

Fall 2024 – September 14 (Opening Day), September 28, October 12, October 26*, November 9, November 23, December 7, and December 14 (holiday project/event). 

Spring 2025 – January 19 (tentative Tie Ceremony), January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19, and May 3* (if needed as a makeup day).