Teaching and guiding are at the heart of many programs at JEVS Human Services. In honor of National Mentoring Month in January, we asked some of the great mentors across JEVS about what mentoring means to them, their roles in the lives of young people, and the impacts they’ve observed in our program participants’ journeys toward bettering their lives.


Nigel Bowe, Program Director
JEVS Human Services
Mentor for The Choice is Yours program operated by JEVS

“Mentoring to me, means being able to be a support system to an individual who doesn’t have that someone they can go to with their LIFE issues, pains, and concerns. Mentoring has put me in a position to pass on the knowledge that I have acquired through my trials and tribulations of life. The most valuable thing I’ve learned as a mentor is that when you’ve thought you’ve seen it all, or heard it all, it’s not the case. The youth we mentor now are dealing with a whole new set of issues that weren’t present when I was growing up. Mentoring now means you need to be able to meet individuals where they are, understand their lives, and the environments, and things that they were brought up in. And to always emphasize on what can be accomplished despite the current circumstances. The best quality a mentee can have, is the ability to Listen, Trust Others, and to see a Future of success beyond their current circumstances.”


Emma Earle, Computer Instructor
Tustin Rec Center–Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department
Mentor for JEVS TechServ Scholars program“The young adults I mentor, TechServ Scholars, are learning IT and STEM skills that they can then teach to elementary school kids coming to after school programming at our rec center and centers throughout the city. I try to teach them that when you have an opportunity like this, you seize it. I wanted to introduce them to everything related to computers, their components, operations, as well as using technology for music production, photography, videography–useful and fun things that the Scholars are interested in. I like to mentor because as we teach we can learn at the same time. I’ve developed great working friendships with the mentees. I’ve watched them–some a little timid at first–blossom and grow. One of my mentees, Khadija, is ahead of the curve; she has a good attitude and likes trying new things. Eventually, I’d like to have the children at the center teach Khadija something. Then mentoring goes full circle.”


Diana Cohen
Mentor for JEVS Project WOW program

“I really wanted to spend my free time volunteering. My father-in-law Bob Cohen [a long-time JEVS board member and donor], suggested that I mentor the youth in JEVS Project WOW. The young adults in the program didn’t have the same upbringing as my kids. Many  don’t know how to be motivated or to keep going. I talk to them and listen, and try to have them understand they can be a value to society. That being in the program is more than just completing their education; they are learning life skills. Project WOW helps them to get a 2nd…3rd…4th chance. I’ve been helping the program participants to get their high school diploma through the Penn Foster online system. It’s rewarding because they know they need to get their diploma to get a good job, support their kids, make it in life. I get them to talk about their goals and dreams, because if you tell enough people you are going to do something, it reaffirms that they need to get it done.”


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