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Meet Trailblazer Janea Waters

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janea Waters.

Janea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always had a passion for helping others. I grew up with both of my parents. I have always been an individual that others flock to in order to discuss challenges they may experience. I went to school to receive my Associate Degree in Psychology and my Bachelor Degree in Sociology. I also went to school to receive my Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling but ended up failing the last class. Upon failing that class, I gave up and started trying to think of another option. I became a Probation Officer and upon meeting so many younger individuals that did not have any goals or values I came up with the idea to start a mentoring program. As a result, I Can Mentoring was birthed.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Haha, smooth road, NOT AT ALL!!! There have been countless tears, heartaches, and pain. Upon receiving the news, I had made it to the very last class of my Master Program and I failed, I wanted to just give up completely. I had no clue which way to go. To be totally honest with you, I did give up. However, I knew that I still had lives to touch. My advice to young women today is just because one door closes and things do not go as planned find another door. I prayed and talked to God and realized that my plans are not His plans and I have to trust Him to lead and guide me no matter what I think “should” be happening. We have to go for the things that God has placed in us because of the lives that are attached to our calling. Always remember the only one that can kill your dreams is YOU!!!

We’d love to hear more about I Can Mentoring.
I CAN Mentoring was started in May 2018. It is a program that specializes in building our future (children). So many of our children experience so many struggles that are often ignored by others, I CAN Mentoring is a way for them to express themselves. We teach young people to believe in themselves. We allow our children to discuss their struggles openly and help them to think about solutions to their problems. We also teach social skills, etiquette, responsibility, and much more. We require the involvement of the parents in order to enforce the tools that are taught in each session. I and the Vice President of the company are committed to telling our stories in hopes to show the children that we all have experienced trials and tribulations and have overcome them. We encourage all children to be themselves while teaching them to be the best version of themselves.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
MY MOTHER!!! I have watched life beat her down but despite everything, she continues to stand. She had breast cancer and I never heard her complain. She prayed and pushed daily. In 2009, both of her parents passed, but she did not give up. She kept pushing. No matter what life brings her way, she never ceases to pray and praise God. Praise truly is her weapon. My mom has always been an individual that will give her last just to see someone else smile and this is a trait that I am honored that she passed on to me. However, the most important thing that she has taught me is that no matter what comes my way, if I keep God first, all things are possible.

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