October 2017 Newsletter

Our youth do as we do, even if that means stepping out of their comfort zone. We have youth participating in our new Speakers Program where they expand on the skills they have practiced and cultivated in workshop and focus those skills into public speaking and speech writing. These youth, along with their community of mentors, work as a team to prepare, craft and execute their speeches about their experience at New Pathways and how they are shaping their future with the life skills they have learned and developed.

The intention of this program is so much more than our youth just writing and public speaking. It is a vehicle for them to tell their story and the possibilities they are creating for themselves. Whether to an audience of 10 people or 200, these youth practice what they have learned by sharing their stories in the community and growing with each step they take.

This is the New Pathways mission at work—creating opportunities where life skills are developed and practiced. The youth’s commitment to success has inspired us all and they can’t wait to tell you about what they have accomplished. Have an opportunity for the youth and their mentors to share their story and inspire others to answer the call of mentoring? Let us know! We have youth ready to inspire!

Juan came to New Pathways last year looking to make a change in his life. He was struggling in school, staying out late, and making unhealthy decisions. He thought that he didn’t have what it takes to make a change until he met his mentor. Juan and his mentor formed a strong bond and he began to take accountability for his actions. Focusing on workshops and school was now more important than the party that was going on that weekend. Workshops provided Juan with life skills that impacted his decisions and led to positive outcomes . This is what the Arizona Tax Credit makes possible.

Juan came to New Pathways last year looking to make a change in his life. He was struggling in school, staying out late, and making unhealthy decisions. He thought that he didn’t have what it takes to make a change until he met his mentor. Juan and his mentor formed a strong bond and he began to take accountability for his actions. Focusing on workshops and school was now more important than the party that was going on that weekend. Workshops provided Juan with life skills that impacted his decisions and led to positive outcomes . This is what the Arizona Tax Credit makes possible.

Be a force for change in your community while making your tax season a breeze! $400 for individuals and $800 for married couples will impact the lives of so many youth in our community. Support our youth and make your tax deductible contribution today!

Tax Credit Donation!

What inspired you to make an impact at New Pathways for Youth?

My husband, Erich and I, mentor together. I went to the annual charity breakfast in 2015 and heard an NPFY youth speak about his background and experience in the program. When I heard his story, I knew right then that we had to get involved. Erich grew up in similar circumstances to many of the kids in the program and though he was on the waiting list as a kid through another mentoring agency, he aged out before he got a mentor. When I told Erich about the breakfast, we signed up and have never looked back.

2. How have you gotten involved?

We are involved in the organization in a few different ways. First, we’re mentors! Erich and I have been matched with a youth named Ryan for two years. We consider Ryan a part of our family now and it has been a joy to get to know him and help him see what’s possible in his life. I also mentor a youth named Crystal and she and I have been matched for about 6 months.

We also participate in additional programs through NPFY. Erich and Ryan are currently participating in a speaker’s program through NPFY to learn public speaking skills so they can share their own stories with potential donors and mentors. All of us participated in a summer program for youth to learn job skills. DPR Construction partnered with NPFY to help teach resume writing, interviewing and presentation skills. We are very proud to report that Ryan earned a $2,500 scholarship and paid internship with DPR based on his success in the program.

Aside from our volunteer work, Erich and I have also gotten involved in securing the future of NPFY by including them in our estate planning. This year, we updated our trust to include NPFY as a beneficiary. We are still young and plan on being around for many more years, but it was important for us to officially include NPFY in our legacy.

3. Why is it important for you to invest in our community?

For us, it is absolutely critical to invest time and resources back into our community. Erich is a Phoenix native and I’ve lived here for 25 years, so we definitely call this place home. We only live four miles away from NPFY’s center, so this is really our backyard. We want our community to be diverse, inclusive, successful and safe and one of the best ways I can think of to make that happen is to connect with our youth and share our talents and time with them.

What advice do you have for those on the sidelines, wondering how or if they should get involved?

Mentoring with NPFY is a real commitment and it can be challenging. But, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives and we belong to a beautiful community filled with inspirational people. With that said, here’s our advice:

To anyone that feels they don’t have the training or expertise to deal with at-risk youth: that’s fine! NPFY is set up to provide the support for any situation that you might run into. You DO NOT need any expertise in childhood development, etc. The staff and the community at NPFY all come together to address any shortcomings we might have as mentors in that area.

To anyone who says they don’t have time: you do! Erich and I both have demanding careers and are involved in other community projects. Elizabeth Andrew says it best: “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” Everyone is busy, but we can all be a little creative and carve out a bit of time each week to invest back into our community.

Rehab Burger Therapy

Orchid house at the Brickyard, 21 E 6th St. #146 Tempe, AZ 85281


Join us at Rehab Burger Therapy on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 5-8 pm for a give back night! 10% of all proceeds from the evening will be donated to New Pathways! Come out and have a great meal for a great cause!

Have you thought about mentoring? Of course you have! We have 50 youth ready and waiting for their mentor. Are you ready to transform their lives? Join now!

Become a Mentor

Help us Grow


Give your green thumb to a good cause! We are seeking a seasoned gardener to plant seedlings for the fall. The volunteer gardener would oversee the garden and create activities for Afterschool Program youth to learn about plant life cycles and be a part of the harvest.

Lend us a hand!

Share Holiday Cheer with Our Youth this Season


With the Holidays fast approaching, we are ramping up for our Annual Adopt a Youth drive. Most of our youth live in poverty so gifts around the holidays often don’t happen. Make their holiday season memorable and sponsor our youth today!

• Contact Brian at bbickes@npfy.org to receive a wish list
• Individual or Sibling wish lists are available
• Gifts on the wish lists range from $25–$35
• Each gift must be new and wrapped with the name of the youth on the package
• Gifts must be dropped off at our community center by 4:30pm on Monday, December 11, 2017 to ensure timely delivery

Adopt a Youth!