The Mentoring Effect
NPower New Jersey Recipient of Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award
In 2021, NPower New Jersey was the proud recipient of a two-year gift from Bank of America to support nonprofit leadership and sustainability through its Neighborhood Builders program– a signature philanthropic program that provides funding and leadership training to nonprofits that are advancing economic mobility and building up underserved neighborhoods.
The generous gift also included a year of leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader at the organization and an opportunity to receive relevant skills development to help nonprofit leaders address current and future community challenges. Alongside NPower NY/NJ Executive Director Helen Kogan, New Jersey’s Kendall Givens, who serves as the Professional Development Manager, was chosen as the emerging leader to participate in the leadership training.
Since 2004, through its Neighborhood Builders and Neighborhood Champions programs Bank of America has invested more than $285 million in 92 communities across the U.S., partnered with more than 1,400 nonprofits, and helped more than 2,800 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills. View full press release here.
Meet Kendall Givens
Kendall Givens who completed the immersive leadership training this spring shared a few impact reflections from her experience:
His story resonates with me because most peoples’ journeys will not be a straight line to success. It can be taxing, and you may even give up for a while, but if you pick yourself up and allow someone to help you during those vulnerable times and continue to put in the work you will succeed.
This story exemplifies the resilience and determination our students bring to the program and take with them into their careers.
I decided to pay it forward by mentoring because people benefit from the help of others. Many mentors have helped me find a path and by offering my own experience and listening to the experiences of a mentee, I can help them find one too.
—Graham from NPower New Jersey