Pacheco observes that during her childhood, mentoring seemed second-nature. “It was natural to follow the lead of the older women.” However, she feels the structure changed during the tumultuous 60s. “People didn’t trust anyone over 30 anymore,” she says.
Jolene Slazas, a member of the Grace Brethren Church in Orange, Calif., never felt a call to work with girls.
“Her life has changed because women have mentored her,” says Teressa. Jenna and her husband became instrumental in the young church, and today she leads the women’s ministries. She is also a strong advocate for adoption.