December 2015 Newsletter

Brandon Knight of the Phoenix Suns putting a smile on New Pathways faces !


New Pathways for Youth is very excited to announce that it is receiving grant funding from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in support of our mission to empower at-risk youth to fulfill their potential through mentoring and life skill development.

New Pathways will use the Pulliam grant to complete our Transformative Mentoring Program, expanding college and career readiness mentoring to all our youth participants and increasing our support of youth through the age of 21 when they are successfully rooted in either college or career pathways.

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has committed funding to vital programs that improve parent and caregiver child-rearing outreach. 

The funds we receive from the Piper Charitable Trust will ensure continuity between the enrichment kids receive at New Pathways and the lessons they will learn in the home. 


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Last Tuesday evening, November 24th, was a night that 50 New Pathways families will never forget. Brandon Knight, star point guard for the Phoenix Suns, dished out his biggest assist of the season, donating 50 Thanksgiving dinners to some of our neediest families.

The energy was amazing! Brandon and his family were on hand to pass out the Fry’s “Thanksgiving In A Box” packages that included turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pie and all the fixings.

There was music and dance courtesy of the Phoenix Suns Solar Squad. And we can’t forget “Go,” everyone’s favorite dunking gorilla provided laughs and a helping hand. Brandon and the entire Phoenix Suns community embody the vision of New Pathways and the giving spirit of the holidays! 

Read more and check out a gallery of photos from the event at


This month, we are initiating a new format for our Transformations Society Profile. The Transformations Society is an inspired group of individuals, businesses and foundations committed to growing the impact of New Pathways for Youth. The Q&A provides a candid look into the people and organizations that make New Pathways’ vision a reality.

Bettina, why New Pathways for Youth?

There are countless reasons to love New Pathways. I admire your holistic approach because it has proven to work. NPFY utilizes an evidence based curriculum with our most vulnerable youth. New Pathways has repeatedly demonstrated incredible positive outcomes. Through this programming, young hearts and minds are given the opportunity to explore and commit to their own path and roadmap for success. 

Couple this approach with a passionate and compassionate staff, and it is a recipe that needs to be expanded with funding in our community. NPFY positively and fundamentally transforms lives. The statistics don’t lie.

What inspires you?

Of course, my precocious kids, my mother who went back to school at age 50 after raising 7 unruly children, and Katniss Everdeen. I want to be Katniss!

Why is mentoring so important to you and what do you think makes a great mentor?

It is critical to share experiences and impart stories to learn from one another. Every good idea takes time and is built on trust and relationship. A great mentor is someone who is grateful, solution driven and possesses the ability to actively listen.

What is your advice to those still sitting on the sidelines?

If you don’t find your voice, someone will speak for you. Take risks. The only failure is not trying!

Who was your childhood hero?

The Peanuts Gang! Particularly Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Snoopy is just cool, has a great laugh, and such a remarkable imagination. Charlie Brown is my hero! Literally, nothing ever goes his way, yet he never gives up. He is the eternal optimist, full of hope no matter the circumstance. He falls down and always gets back up. Always.

To learn more about our Transformations Society visit


1. Dollar-for-Dollar Tax Credit Giving

Donate up to $400 per married couple or $200 per individual to receive this tax credit on your Arizona state filing tax. Please consult your tax advisor for further details.

Last year we raised more than $25,000 with our tax credit offer. This year, let’s make it $30,000!

Reaching this goal will enable 70 new youth and mentors to participate in our intensive retreat where together they explore and declare new possibilities for their bright futures.

Your contribution is guaranteed to transform the life of at-risk youth in your community!

2. Adopt A Youth

From now through December 11th, make a big difference in the lives of our youth, by adopting a youth’s holiday wish list and ensuring them a joyous holiday season with a wrapped gift to open. Your contribution will provide them with the resources they need to fulfill their full potential.

  • Contact Katie Thorson to receive a wish list.
  • Gifts must be dropped off at our center by Friday, December 11th to ensure timely delivery.
  • Gifts on the wish lists range from $25 to $35.
  • Sibling wish lists will be available for those individuals who want to adopt a family.
  • Each gift must be wrapped with the name of the youth on the package.
  • Gifts will be distributed to youth the week of December 14th.


Did you know that New Pathways for Youth provides almost 10,000 meals annually to feed food scarce communities? We are proud of our partners like Raising Cane’s®, who provide meals for our youth and families during workshops and enrichment activities, ensuring they receive the nourishment to focus on learning key life skills.

Our Life Skill Development Workshops  and enrichment programs offer youth the chance to participate in activities that help them grow their social and academic skill sets, learn effective decision making processes and set realistic goals for their near and long term success.

Other restaurants like Raising Cane’s® that are looking to make a difference in their community can now do so through New Pathways by providing meals during our Life Skill Development Workshops and parenting sessions.

Partners will receive special benefits including personalized recognition on social media and on the New Pathways for Youth website, a personal thank you from our mentors and youth, as well as exposure to an audience of over 70 business executives and professionals from diverse backgrounds and industries.

Contact NPFY’s Director of Fund Development, Marlo Apple to get involved today!


On Sunday, December 6th, join more than 250 attendees for the Indo-American Cultural & Religious Foundation of Arizona’s 12th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Charity Walk. The event begins at Fiesta Ramada, Kiwanis Park in Tempe and will be coordinated by Mira Marwah, a youth volunteer at New Pathways for Youth. 


Pre-registration is requested but not required.

To register, visit 

This fundraiser benefits New Pathways for Youth. To make a donation, visit


New Pathways For Youth Annual Breakfast

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Stay tuned for details on our exciting Annual Breakfast at the Phoenix Museum of Art!

Dave Trout Golf Tournament

Friday, April 8, 2016

The 7th Annual Dave Trout Golf Tournament will take place Friday, April 8th at the Camelback Golf Club. Join us for a fun filled day of golf and fun in memory of Dave Trout.

The tournament was created by Dave’s friends and co-workers to honor a beloved man and to keep his spirit and charity work alive. The funds raised will benefit local charities, including New Pathways for Youth. 

Register to participate at and while you’re there, enter the Rolex Watch Drawing to win a Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner!