Transformative Mentoring is an intense and intentional mentoring typology that transforms the negative thought patterns and behaviors in our youth’s life, opening them up to a world of possibilities some may have never thought available to them. This type of mentoring is especially effective for the youth we serve, youth with four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences.
How are these transformations possible? For many of our youth, the transformation begins at the three-day intensive retreat. Mentors and youth participate in the retreat together getting matched on the third day to begin their mentoring journey. This retreat is like no other experience our youth may have had. Through experiences like our cross the line activity, youth begin examining the thought patterns and negative self-talk that led to the choices they made in the past. The power of the curriculum and activities allow our youth to be honest about their current circumstances, identify possibilities for the future, and gain a sense of belonging and community—to realize for the first time that they are not alone.
The power of connection and community is a vital component of our curriculum and retreats. This community connection, which begins at the retreat, is carried through and into our monthly workshops, where our matches meet in cohorts, and continue to build that community togetherness which surrounds and supports our youth. This sense of community is a vital component of the stability and care New Pathways for Youth provides for our youth, starting with their mentor and expanding to the community.
Transformation. Possibility. Intensive. Intentional. For New Pathways for Youth, these are not buzz words or niceties. They are necessary program components for our young people to mitigate and reverse the negative impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences and open the opportunity for a new pathway in their life.
- What inspired you to make an impact at New Pathways for Youth?
I had been in the corporate work force and in executive leadership for several years and I know I had a lot of help along the way from other leaders and colleagues that mentored me and believed in me. I also was very active in mentoring my employees, so they would realize their career aspirations. I understand the power of mentoring and having someone guiding you in life that believes in you and who you are.
We have always believed in serving others. Both our families have experienced the impact of trauma and abuse; so in many ways we can relate to the challenges of the kids in the program. Our first exposure was sponsoring a table with our friends and colleagues at the New Pathways Annual Breakfast and listening to the life stories of the kids we serve. It was one of the most powerful and inspirational moments for the two of us, knowing we are positively impacting the kids and give them the opportunity to make better choices and realize their future potential.
- How have you gotten involved?
We have gotten involved with New Pathways for Youth by advocating mission and vision amongst our family, friends, and colleagues. We have volunteered in after school STEM events at the New Pathways center. Making catapults with the young kids was an absolute blast!! We also have been part of the founding members of the NPFY Transformations Society. I have been an active board member the past few years, as well.
- Why is it important for you to invest in our community?
It’s about sharing our talents and treasure with those less fortunate and our high-risk kids need a voice and a hand. Part of what drives us is our faith but also how we were raised. New Pathways and its transformational mentoring approach solves two issues in our society. First, they address the human component, by providing kids that have faced real trauma and tough set of circumstances at an early age with real life skills development and tools they can use the rest of their lives. Second, there is a society return on investment by taking kids that would most likely end up incarcerated which costs on average $85,000 per year. By sending these kids through our program at NPFY it costs about $3,500 per year per child. That is a much better return. Why wouldn’t you want to be part of an organization that makes that happen?
- What advice do you have for those on the sidelines, wondering how or if they should get involved?
First – I would ask someone if they have enjoyed success in their life, did they do it alone or did they have people along the way coach them or mentor them. Take that and understand our kids want the same opportunity. Also take an hour out of your life and come down to the New Pathways For Youth Center and attend a community briefing and hear firsthand about the New Pathways mission and vison and how the program works. Nothing feels better than being part of an organization that transforms lives and gives kids hope and path forward. We offer three options to get involved: volunteering, mentoring, and financial support.
There are many challenges in today’s society that many of us watch and complain about it, or even more so, think someone else will solve that problem. We believe that getting directly involved is what works. I think Theodore Roosevelt said it best in his infamous Man in The Arena Quote as to why it’s necessary to get involved in your community:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Your time is almost up!
You only have until April 14th to make a donation to New Pathways for Youth and get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your 2017 Arizona taxes. The time to act is now! What are you waiting for? New Pathways for Youth is 100% philanthropically funded. Your donation will make a difference in transforming the lives of our 500 youth without costing you a dime!
Don’t Delay! Donate Today!
Our Spring Into Action Drive is here!
Organize a team at work, your church, or your neighborhood to help meet our program supply needs. These supplies are vital in ensuring that our youth have what they need to fully engage with our program and services.
Donations can be dropped off at New Pathways for Youth during the week of April 30th. Please contact Mary Beth Gregory at email@example.com to arrange for a donation drop off.
Supplies needed are:
- sports balls- basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, kick balls, whiffle balls, softer baseballs
- flag football belts, baseball bats (plastic), hula hoops, jump rope, sidewalk chalk
- card games, board games and puzzles for ages 5-16
- educational games and tablets (Leap Frogs)
- tickets to sporting, concert, and theatrical events
- admission passes to museums, galleries, and parks
- $20 gift cards to movie theaters, music stores and department stores for awards and recognition
- granola bars, individually packaged snacks like trail mix, gold fish, etc.
- paper products-toilet paper, paper towels, copy paper
- bottled water
We need you! Right now, fifty youth from Garfield Elementary School are waiting for a mentor. They are committed to transforming their lives and need a stable, caring adult to empower them to fulfill their potential.
Are you committed to changing a community for a generation? Will you be the caring adult who provides a stable relationship for our youth to begin their recovery from adversity and start a new pathway?
Join us for a Mentor Introduction Session! Introduction sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. and on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at 1001 East Pierce Street, Phoenix.
Child Care Volunteer
Transform a parent’s life! Volunteers offer childcare to allow parents to attend workshops and develop the skills they need to effectively support their youth’s development.
Volunteers can play board games and sports, do crafts, or simply spend time with the school-aged youth. The time you give allows parents to develop essential skills! Volunteers must have a valid Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card. We have many opportunities to contribute to our parent program this month…feel free to sign up for a shift, or two, or three!
- Wednesday, April 18, 5:45pm-8:45pm
- Saturday, April 21, 7:45am-12pm
- Saturday, April 21, 12:45-5:15pm
- Sunday, April 22, 7:45am-11am
- Sunday, April 22, 11:45am-3:45pm