• Devon Mitchell

#MentorMeet: Jayde Bahrami


Meet Jayde Bahrami, the Restoration Programs Manager at Tidal Influence, an ecological consulting firm, where she helps plan and lead wetland restoration and education programs in her hometown of Huntington Beach and surrounding areas. 

What are you passionate about? 

“Something that I’m passionate about is just overall making a difference. Whether that be on a small or large scale, community based or even internationally, and specifically to do with the environment. I just, I love that. I feel like it’s something that every human, every species, has in common. We’re all here on this planet and if I can make a difference or inspire someone to make one change in their life, even just making their voice heard.”

.

.

What does “mentoring” mean to you?

“Mentoring to me just means inspiring someone and being there for someone to guide them through whatever they want help with. Whether that be active or passive. Guiding someone through the hard times, pushing them, and making them realize their potential. These programs at the wetlands have been a great opportunity for me to do that for others, and going from an intern and then all the way up to the person that is now the mentor, teaching these students who were in my place, has been really rewarding and it’s nice to see it come full circle and see how you can be a mentee and a mentor at the same time.”

.

.

How are you staying connected with others?

“I know a big emphasis this year is social distance, social distance. But I remember reading in the beginning: it’s more about, not social distancing, we have so many different social avenues to stay connected these days. It’s more about physical distancing. I think we’ve been able to stay connected, in a way, even more so because people have been able to find different avenues. For work, I mean we’ve kind of just changed how we interacted. Now with my coworkers, we’re on the phone every day making sure we’re getting things done. FaceTiming or we’re on Google Doc’s writing reports, making sure we’re doing it all together. Where as we would normally be separated at our own computers and almost more distanced. I feel like in a way we’re even closer and we’re connecting even more.”

.

.

Is there someone in your life who has been a mentor to you in an unexpected way?

“I always thought I would come across this life mentor, which I don’t believe has happened, but the way I see it is that I have a ton of different mentors. Whether that be my best friend Dana, her mom, she’s like my second mom to me. She helped me with college. She helped with life things. She has great advice and she’ll just stick it where it hurts. She’ll just really make you open your eyes and see what your potential is and I love that.”

.

.

What is one positive thing you’ve seen come out of the challenges we have all been facing during 2020?

“I think people have realized that change is good and it’s good to be taken out of your comfort zone. It’s really made us see, on a larger scale, that there’s a lot of different things in place, whether it be economically, socially, environmentally, that can change and need to change. Also, on a smaller scale, I think people are starting to realize, within themselves, just their habits. There’s a lot of things that we can change; that we can adapt. COVID isn’t just one thing. All these things in 2020 aren’t just “2020 things”. It’s things that have happened, that are going to continue on to 2021 and for years to come. It’s going to take a while. But we can start, now that people are starting to realize things more, we can be more open to change and hopefully start working towards these things.”

.

.

What other small businesses/nonprofits do you admire?

“Well besides the one I ended up working for, I also interned with this group called East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice. They’re an environmental health and justice nonprofit that focuses on creating a healthy environment for underserved and underrepresented communities within East Long Beach and LA. And then also Algalita in Long Beach. They focus on youth communities, to teach them how to make a difference in the sustainability world, to use less plastic and create more of a circular economy and production. Both those two are great, they combined my two favorite things: environmental justice and sustainability.”

.

#MentorMeet

Don’t Miss Out. Subscribe Today. 

QUICK LINKS
CONTACT US

Phone: 714-202-7440  |  Email. info@mentormelearning.com

9121 Atlanta Ave, #327

Huntington Beach, CA 92646

© 2019 by Mentoring MeLearning. Proudly created by The Design Fuzion

FOLLOW US
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey Facebook Icon

Mentor Me Learning is proud to be fiscally sponsored by OneOC.  All donations are tax deductible with federal 501(c)3 tax id # 6105817804.