KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A heartwarming new program is bringing together high school students on the autism spectrum and canines.

Jumping for Joy is a six-week training program where the students get the chance to teach former Animal Welfare Society shelter dogs agility. Each week, students are paired one-on-one with a dog, many of the dogs are certified therapy dogs.

Students interact socially, grow communication skills and learn to problem solve. It not only builds confidence and self-esteem, but most importantly they get build a relationship with the dog.