Joel Nomdarkham

I am Joel Nomdarkham and I am happy to be serving as a BACK2LIFE mentor.
I've been a part of the project for 3 years and I can admit I've grown significantly as an individual. I decided to join the movement because of how unique it was. It gives me the opportunity to lend my time and effort to a cause "full time", thus giving me the chance to leave a valuable impact on someone else's life.
The B2L movement really means a lot to me, as it allows me to put my skillsets to use. I've guided one mentee who's left the facility and immediately took on another, who has now become my little brother. He is quite talented and I make every effort to be there for him at every session, because he motivates me to. He has big dreams and I plan to help him achieve them. He leaves in September 2017 and I am very proud of the man he has become, thanks for the BACK2LIFE Programme.

Marvin Moulton

BACK2LIFE means the world to me. There is no other organization/ family I would like to be a part of.The work we do is second to none. Transforming the lives of young men that society has turned its back on and forgotten is priceless.

I know what it is like not to have a father in my life, like the typical Jamaican home I grew up without a father and life was rather cruel and unforgiving to me. With all of what I went through I vowed to never become a statistic in the country and to spend my life teaching other young men to fight against the status quo. So much so I enrolled in college and did a double degree in theology and guidance and counselling.

While in school I was told of an organization that shared in my dreams and passions of bettering the lives of young men and giving them a meaningful shot at life. I was there at the first recruitment meeting at the Mico University College. One of the best things that happened to me while being at BACK2LIFE was being paired with my own mentee.

I have been mentoring for quite some time now but doing it as a member of BACK2LIFE gives a new dimension to things. I actually feel as if I'm making a difference in the life of a youngster. I'm filled with excitement, purpose, and a burning desire to listen, share and encourage my mentee. The highlight of my Saturday is going to Rio Cobre. Man, I so wish this was like my actual job. This is what I want to spend my life doing; training and building my nation’s future leaders.

Marvin Moulton

Romane Elliston

[When] I was given a mentee…this grand opportunity was bestowed upon me to influence the life of someone. Paul* my mentee is a young man who has a love for music. He writes songs and enjoys performing them. Personally, I am not a fan of dancehall music, but through my interaction with Paul, I have developed an appreciation for the genre. I would often ask Paul about his inspiration for writing, and his story would always connect us in a unique way. His story allowed me to appreciate his music and what it means to him. While I am still not a fan of the genre, I have learnt to appreciate it. In fact, one of Paul’s songs that resonates with me is ‘Living the Life I Live Today’. This song has been a motivation to me in so many ways. It has encouraged me to enjoy the life which I live today, as I pursue my career and go about my personal life.On another note, my professional development has been realised through the training which I received from BACK2LIFE. This phenomenal and profound understanding has transcended all aspects of my life.

All in all, my experience at BACK2LIFE is priceless.

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