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.
One mentor, Nigel Bowe, also serves as the Program Director of The Choice is Yours, operated by JEVS. Nigel’s vocation – mentoring youth – became his avocation, thanks to a wonderful mentor from his past. Here were his full responses to questions posed about the value of mentoring.
Q. What does mentoring mean to you?
A. Mentoring to me, means being able to be a support system to an individual that 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.
Q. What’s the most valuable thing you learned as a mentor?
A. 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, understanding 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.
Q. Do you, yourself, have a mentor? If so, what’s the most valuable thing you learned from them?
A. Yes I did, The mentors I have or had always emphasized making good sound decisions, take pride in whatever task is before you. Listen and treat people with respect. And never be afraid to ask a question, and that talent will never override an excellent work ethic.
To read more takes on mentoring from our team, click here.