This morning nearly 500 community leaders and influencers joined together at the New Pathways for Youth Annual Breakfast More Than Hope. Necessity. to witness the incredible transformations youth are experiencing through our mentoring program. The emotion in the room was palpable as youth and mentors shared how mentoring is a necessity to overcoming the adversities they experience.
Central to this year’s event, and imbedded in our theme, More Than Hope. Necessity., was the landmark study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how this research is informing our transformative mentoring services. This study has been instrumental in recognizing the correlation between early traumatic experiences and high-risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, less success in school and work, and even early death. The greater number of ACEs a person has experienced, the greater the likelihood of lasting effects. Of all the youth served at New Pathways for Youth, 100 percent have identified four or more ACEs at enrollment. The good news? The study identified that a relationship with a stable, caring adult can reverse the toxic impacts of ACEs.
For those served at New Pathways for Youth, whose ACE scores put them at higher risk for chronic health conditions and susceptibility for high risk behaviors, our mentoring program is More Than Hope. It’s a Necessity. With their mentors’ stable and caring presence, coupled with our life skill development workshops and case management, our youth are changing the trajectory of their lives and choosing a new pathway.
We were honored to stand with our youth as they powerfully shared their stories of transformation with our community. To learn more about ACEs and how the research is creating transformations in our program, please watch here: More Than Hope. Necessity. video
Those attending our More Than Hope. Necessity. breakfast event this morning had double the reason to invest with a challenge grant to double any donation today.
The challenge grant was made possible by five generous investors committed to matching dollar for dollar raised up to $50,000 at the breakfast and throughout today! We spoke with some of these New Pathways champions about their belief in transformative mentoring and how it impacts the lives of our youth today and generations to come. Here is what they told us:
1. Why do you choose to invest in New Pathways for Youth?
Richard S: I believe in the transformation mentoring curriculum: It is mentoring kids to change the way they think about themselves and their future. This is hand up and not a hand out. The kids need to make the change in order to change the family cycle dynamic.
Ron & Robin: We have chosen to invest in New Pathways for Youth because we have seen firsthand the amazing potential of the youth when they start believing in themselves and are shown a path to succeed. These youth come from challenging circumstances and seeing the difference New Pathways for Youth and all of the mentors make in their lives is so rewarding. It is an investment in the future of a youth who often wouldn’t otherwise see a future for themselves. Their potential is powerful and worthy of investment.
Richard B.: What is more important than investing in our youth to help them thrive in the future? By going to the annual breakfast, Liz and I have been inspired by both the efforts of the mentors and the successes of the youth, who might very well never have been successful without the program. Thank you, New Pathways for Youth for giving me the opportunity to help serve our community in this way.
2. Why did you choose to put the match challenge together?
Richard S: I believe in the program so much that if we can get enough donors to support more kids in the program then my match will be double the kids we serve.
Richard B: I have always been inspired and have worked successfully with matching programs in the past. At an event it can be inspirational to others that some care enough to commit significant funds to make possible the expansion of this most worthwhile program, providing hope for a better future for our youth.
3. What advice do you have for those on the sidelines, wondering how or if they should get involved?
Richard S: Get involved and see what the kids are doing for themselves at New Pathways for Youth; it will change your life as well.
If you missed the breakfast, you can still help us meet and exceed this challenge by making your own donation and provide More Than Hope. Necessity. for the 500 youth in our transformative mentoring program!
You can even triple your impact by getting dollar for dollar tax credit on your Arizona taxes--$400 for individuals and $800 for married couples!
We need you! Right now, thirty-five youth from Camelback High School are waiting for a mentor. They are committed to transforming their lives just like the youth who shared their stories at our annual breakfast More Than Hope. Necessity. earlier today.
Your commitment is urgent. We only have 15 of the 35 mentors ready to be matched with the youth.
Will you help us close the gap? Will you be the caring adult who provides a stable relationship for these youth to begin their recovery from adversity and start a new pathway?
Join us for a Mentor Introduction Session to close the gap for these youth! 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.
Our Dave Trout Golf Tournament is Coming!
Find Your Way to Get Involved!
New Pathways for Youth Dave Trout Golf Open
Friday, March 23, 2018
Registration Opens: 6:30am
Camelback Golf Club
7847 N. Mockingbird Ln., Scottsdale, AZ 85253
- Sponsor – Would you like to get your company in front of hundreds of golf enthusiasts and New Pathways for Youth supporters? Consider sponsoring the golf event! Sponsorships begin at $1,500.
- Golf – Love to golf and support transformative mentoring at the same time? Foursomes are still available! Foursomes are $1,100. Two-somes and individual player entries are also available.
Enter to win a Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner! Hurry, limited tickets are available and are sure to go fast! You don’t want to miss out. Tickets are $100. Drawing will be held on March 23rd, need not be present to win. Click here to purchase tickets!
Spring into Action In-kind Drive
It’s that time of year again! Our Spring into Action Drive is here! These supplies are vital in ensuring that our youth have what they need to fully engage with our program and services.
- 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
Contact Mary Beth Gregory at email@example.com or 602-422-9260 to make a donation.