Positive Adult Leaders in Society (PALS)
PALS provides positive adult role models to youth ages 5-15 who are experiencing homelessness. By partnering with transitional homeless facilities we receive referrals for youth who would benefit from the help of a mentor. Mentors commit to seeing their youth for one hour per week for a minimum of one year. Many of our mentors choose to remain in their youth’s life well beyond that year mark.
Mentors are provided training, support and coaching. There are also monthly enrichment activities and community building activities. Our mentors report that they not only enjoy mentoring but also building a community with others who love to help youth.
Mentoring works! Our youth and their families report an increase in grades, an increased trust in adults, and stronger family relationships. In addition mentors give the youth an opportunity to view life outside a shelter.
LifeRoads (formerly New Pathways) is a curriculum-based mentoring program for Phoenix area at-risk teens between 14 and 17 years old. This program teaches youth how to set and achieve goals. It teaches tools that youth can apply in their lives to make better choices.
The program is kicked off with a four-day intensive retreat for mentors and youth. Mentors and youth then have twice monthly mandatory workshops. In addition, mentors meet with the program manager once a month for a workshop. Mentors are asked to make a one-year commitment.
LifeRoads is one of the few Phoenix area programs that provides mentors for teens. Participants report improved/maintained grades, increased trust in adults, and decision making skills.
Exceed is a school-based program for high school students. Mentors help teens focus on a goal of graduating high school. The workshops and support provided in this program are focused on the college readiness process from grades to college applications to financing an education.
Mentors are matched with a high school freshman and are asked to commit to one year with the hope of remaining with their youth until graduation. Mentors must contact their youth once per week. Monthly meetings are held at the school for the mentors and youth.
Participants report improved/maintained grades, increased trust in adults, and decision making skills.
Quest Scholars (formerly Quest for Kids) is a mentoring program that helps high academically achieving students who are attending a Title I school. The goal of this program is to support students through high school graduation and support them to be competitive in their college application process. These low income students may otherwise not have scholastic support or college expectations provided at home.
The youth are matched with a mentor when they are in fifth grade and ideally the match remains in place through high school. The mentor and youth are given support through workshops, enrichment opportunities, and community service opportunities. A staff member helps them with scholarships, completing financial aid forms, and choosing the right university for the area they wish to study.
Garfield Neighborhood After School Program
New Pathways for Youth is located in the Garfield Neighborhood, one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the country. Less than 50% of the residents graduated high school or own their home. The Garfield Neighborhood After School Program provides licensed daily after school care for youth ages 5 to 15 at the New Pathways for Youth Community Center.
Youth come to the New Pathways Community Center after school and during summer break. They receive homework help, participate in structured activities, take field trips, are provided a hot meal, and most importantly they have a safe place to go during non-school hours
Youth who attend this program do better in school, report increased literacy and have a safe place to focus on homework.
We are always looking for partners to create after-school activities and provide a safe learning experience for these youth. Please contact us if your company could help us in any way.