January 2016 marks the 15th anniversary celebration of NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH.
New Pathways for Youth is a proud supporter of this and all initiatives bringing greater public awareness to the importance of mentoring and to the youth who depend on their mentors to achieve a brighter future.
To celebrate our mentors and their transformative work in the community, let’s take a closer look at one of our own who took the plunge and became a mentor when he decided he wanted to do more with his spare time.
New Pathways for Youth: Jon, why did you choose to become a mentor?
Jon Hupp: I wanted to do something that would make a direct impact on an individual in our community. One day I heard a story on NPR about the value of mentoring. A lightbulb went off and I decided that’s what I wanted to do!
NPFY: What has surprised you the most about mentoring?
Jon: I was driving my mentee, Devon, home one day and asked him if he needed anything for the school week–school supplies, some new clothes and maybe a pair of shoes. His answer: a bus pass so he could get to school. The kids whom everyone would think need everything we can give them really ask for very little.
NPFY: What is the most important thing mentoring has taught you?
Jon: Perspective. I had no idea the real effects of poverty, substance abuse and instability on kids until I got involved with New Pathways. The quote, “be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,” now has an added layer of meaning.
NPFY: What is your advice to someone who’s thinking about mentoring?
Jon: Just do it. You’ll never realize how great an impact you could make on someone’s life until you try it.
NPFY: What is your favorite thing you and Devon have done together? Anything you’re looking forward to?
Jon: It’s simple, but my favorite thing is just throwing a football or Frisbee ini the park. In the future, I’d really like to take him hiking in Prescott or Flagstaff.
NPFY: And last but not least, who’s your favorite superhero?
Jon: Batman. There is no equal!
As we start the new year, here’s a small window into what we do, who we serve and what an investment in New Pathways means for the health and future of our community. Numbers only tell a small part of a much larger story–of perseverance, relationships and transformation. Get in touch with us to become part of the bigger story transforming PHX!
National Mentoring Month originated in 2002 as a joint effort between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to focus national attention on the need for mentors and how everyone–individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits–can work together to increase the number of mentors and assure positive outcomes for our young people.
New Pathways for Youth is leading the charge in Arizona, creating opportunities, growing partnerships and walking in step with our communities to ensure our youth reach their full potential.
Each year since its launch, National Mentoring Month has been a big deal, receiving strong support from US Presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Other big supporters include former President Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, General Colin Powell and Usher. I mean, c’mon. USHER!
National Mentoring Month Goals
National Mentoring Month’s goals are our goals, along with strengthening local networks to create a foundation of support around our youth.
Recruit Mentors and Volunteers
Promote the Growth of Mentoring.
All of this is only possible with the support of individuals like you–volunteer, mentor, donate–you’ll be amazed at how the smallest contribution of time, money or effort can lead to the biggest of transformations.
Special NMM Events
- January 14th is “I Am A Mentor” Day
New Pathways has something special planned for each day. So stay tuned!
It’s a day for mentors to share their stories.
- January 18th is the MLK Day of Service
It’s a day that’s all about showing how important mentoring is to the community.
- January 21st is “Thank Your Mentor” Day
Are you lucky enough to have a mentor in your life? “Thank Your Mentor” Day is a chance to show them your appreciation.
DEB, WHAT SURPRISED YOU THE MOST ABOUT MENTORING?
I was surprised at how much I wanted to give, having been worried about how much time I thought mentoring would take. In the end, I chose to give a lot more time.
MARLE, WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF DEB?
I thought she was very beautiful in the way she sees the world. Being 7 years old, I understandably had a narrow view of what life could be. But Deb showed me there were multiple paths life could go down. I remember thinking that was pretty awesome.
DEB, WHAT VALUABLE LESSON HAS MENTORING TAUGHT YOU?
It’s taught mehow incredible these kids are! Despite being dealt a tough hand, their outlook and resilience is amazing.
MARLE, WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT HAVING A MENTOR?
The best part is having someone who is both your best friend and a role model. My mother nurtures me and gives me guidance, but a friend is different. Their advice is more candid and less instructive. With Deb, I have the best of both worlds!
DEB, WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO PROSPECTIVE MENTORS?
My advice is DO IT! My job requires 50-60 hours a week and I’m very committed to my family time. And yet there’s still time for mentoring. It will fit in, no matter how busy you are.
Mentor Appreciation Night
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Join New Pathways for Youth in celebration of our mentors during National Mentoring Month! Attendees will enjoy pregame cocktails and appetizers at The Duce before they head over to Talking Stick Resort Arena to see the Phoenix Suns take on the Indiana Pacers.
This event is open to mentors and their guests.
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! It’s a celebration of our mission, our youth and our mentors who make incredible transformations happen every day.
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 http://bit.ly/1TlkLjs
Participants can also enter the drawing to win a Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner! Visit bit.ly/1n6ceXM to purchase raffle tickets.