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STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS

Two YES Students “Return Home” as Junior Mentors

Na’Caira Amhurst

Na’Caira Amhurst embodies a creative and innovative spirit unique to YES. Na’Caira was first introduced to YES through its Virtual Mentor Initiative designed to help students with their virtual pandemic learning experiences. After the program concluded, Na’Caira continued working in various cosmetology settings to refine her hair design skills.

 

Because of her hard work and focus, she is graduating early and preparing to attend college. In preparation for her post-secondary journey, she reconnected with YES for program opportunities. In doing so, she recently joined YES’ Business Education Partnership Program where she will design a cosmetology program for youth during YES’ afterschool “Power Hours.” She will facilitate her curriculum, assume a mentorship role, and pursue her licensure as a Temporary Nursing Aide before she continues her education at IUP or CCAC. Way to go, Na’Caira.

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis similarly embodies what YES hopes its students achieve. Jason was first introduced to YES through its Diversion 2000 Program. After successfully completing the program, he became an active member of YES’ Voices 2 Men Program.

 

After some time away to focus on sports, Jason has returned to YES as a Junior Mentor! He is currently designing and leading Voices 2 Men sessions, developing 1-hour workouts for his peers to participate in during the summer, and offering wise words of advice to his peers. Jason recently committed to Lackawanna Junior College to play football and study engineering.

 

He is currently a Senior at Woodland Hills High School where he is a Varsity Wrestler and Football player. Welcome back — and way to go, Jason!