We have found that people are often intimidated or overwhelmed by the idea of mentoring. So we have created trainings that…
Who We Are
Catalyst Mentoring is a vision to invest in our community’s youth to invest in our community’s future through the power of mentoring. No one gets to the finish line of life having done something great without the support and guidance of great mentors along the way. Unfortunately, for many kids in our community, there is no one showing up in their story and left to their own problem-solving abilities our youth are repeating the stories that they are seeing with their lives.
Our community is facing challenges that are shocking when you look at the statistics. We have double the state average in ACE’S scores (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and double the national average. This means the youth of our community are facing tremendous hurdles, alone. These hurdles leave our youth more likely to use drugs, solve their problems with physical violence, and drop out of school. Add in the Carr fire and a year full of Pandemic and our kids are being set up for disaster.
We envision a brighter future for our community than these statistics report because we KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that there is something we can do to change the trajectory of a young person’s life, and that is for them to have a mentor.
Jenna is a wife of 13 years and mother to four rambunctious kiddos. She has a Master’s degree in social work and a background of working with child-focused non-profits. Jenna is very aware that children are our future and recognizes how important it is that we are investing in them now. She has spent time investing in youth through 4-H as the superintendent of Equine 4-H on Whidbey Island, through time as an instructor and wrangler at Exodus Farms, as a foster parent, and now as an adoptive parent. Jenna joined the Catalyst Mentoring team as the school liaison and became the executive director in October of 2020. Jenna works to address ACEs by advocating for and training mentors. One stable relationship with a healthy adult can help build resilience and hope in youth impacted by ACEs. Mentors can make all the difference!
Robin has been a teacher, coach and mentor for many years. She has a desire to see the next generation reach their fullest potential. Robin was a missionary overseas for thirteen years and had the wonderful privilege of working with students from many backgrounds. Her greatest joy is being a mom to her three children and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Janelle is the Administrative Assistant for Catalyst. She grew up in Redding, so this community is near and dear to her heart. Janelle has several years experience working administrative roles, as well as working with the public. Janelle has a passion to help people and believes the world is changed one act of kindness at a time. We all have families, we all have people we love, so why not do what we can to make the world a better place for them and future generations? That’s why she chose to be part of Catalyst.
In her free time you’ll find Janelle enjoying time with her husband and two children in the beautiful outdoors of Northern California.
Nikki was raised here in Northern California. She has spent the majority of her adulthood working in the nonprofit sector, closely with families in crisis. This work has always been a labor of love for Nikki and so much more than just a job. Getting the opportunity to partner with other people who are committed to positively impacting the children in our community makes coming to Catalyst everyday purpose filled and exciting!
When Nikki isn’t at work you can find her outside on the trails with her 3 Daughters and dog!
Renee was born and raised in Orange County, CA and moved to the SF Bay Area as a freshman in college. She worked in the food and beverage industry in Oakland, CA, for 9 years and learned how to do everything from cook farm to table meals, source produce, manage staff and appreciate working hard for something she loves. She moved to Redding this fall 2021 with her husband, 7 month old daughter, Charlie, and her Border Collie mix Harvey to settle down and be closer to nature. After the birth of her daughter, Renee decided it was time for a change, so when she found Catalyst, she jumped all in, bringing a heart for bettering childhood outcomes and a drive to show up for her community.
Jenney is originally from Los Angeles, she and her husband moved to Redding in 2004 and have called Redding home since then. She and her husband are raising four boys here in the Northstate. Jenney has a passion to see people step into their full identity. She loves community and building healthy relationships. Jenney has a variety of administrative experience from working in education, healthcare, owning her own business with her husband, and partnering with other nonprofits. She loves bringing solutions, organization and efficiency so that quality and excellence are a part of every experience. Joining the Catalyst Mentoring team was an easy yes as it brings together her love of community, healthy relationships and the ability to partner with a nonprofit to see young lives positively impacted.