Recently, Tara Mullen, E3 Power Center City Program Director and Director of Youth Engagement for JEVS Human Services, received the prestigious Ron Coun Award, from the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS).

The Ron Coun Award, first established in 1992, is in honor of Coun, the first JVS professional to serve as president of the Jewish Communal Services Association of North America. A dedicated teacher and mentor who led by example, Coun’s commitment to Jewish vocational services and professional development lives on, as his award recognizes an outstanding young professional in the field, who has dedicated their work to concern for the worth and value of humanity.

This year’s recipient, Mullen, has been with JEVS for three years – and possesses more than a dozen years of experience working with opportunity youth in Philadelphia. Launching and directing the JEVS E3 Power Center City Program, she develops, measures and refines programming to support Philadelphia’s at-risk youth as they transition to adulthood. Her responsibilities include recruitment, interviewing, staff development and goal-setting for the program, which currently serves approximately 300 members and has become a cornerstone of JEVS’ extensive youth programming.

A graduate of Temple University, Mullen’s focus on individualized, consumer-directed outcomes – achieved through the reduction of barriers in young people’s lives – has allowed the program to meet and exceed educational and employment benchmarks in each of its first two years. Her work ethos and believe in a strong one-on-one system with open dialogue promotes engagement and retention of at-risk learners, and serves as a shining example of IAJVS tenets and JEVS Human Services’ overall mission of making hope happen.

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