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About New Pathways for Youth

Thirty years ago a small group of thoughtful, committed Phoenicians decided to change their world. They knew something different was possible for teens who are at risk; they could transform and breakthrough their difficult life circumstances, which often included poverty, drugs, and violence, to create the future they wanted. These trailblazers believed to their core that these adversities didn’t define a person and that with the right skills, mindsets, and network of caring adults – anything was possible! In 1989, these beliefs became the cornerstones of the founding of New Pathways for Youth.

Over the years, we have grown and evolved. Where we once served 40 youth a year, we now serve over 400. Nine years after that first retreat, we expanded our programs to serve preteens. Three years ago, we expanded our retreat as the cornerstone of our successful model, ensuring that everyone in our program had access to the personal development curriculum upon which we were founded.

What has never changed, never wavered, is the bedrock of our organization – a commitment that all youth, no matter what, are empowered to fulfill their potential. We take this responsibility seriously and are proud to bring intention and innovation to this vision, ensuring that our programs are grounded in the latest research in youth development and mentoring.

Today New Pathways for Youth serves youth, ages 12-21, experiencing poverty and four times the adversity of other youth—adversities such as parent incarceration, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, and high school dropout. Through 1:1 mentoring in connected communities of other mentors and youth and evidence based personal development and life skills retreats and workshops, our youth create breakthroughs in self destructive thought patterns that lead to actions consistent with the future they want. We have transformed more than 7,000 lives since our founding.




Christy McClendon
(602) 422-9261

Deborah Thompson
(602) 422-9274

Nicole Szymkowski
Executive Assistant
(602) 422-9271

Lorena Armenta
Operations Coordinator (& Reception)
(602) 422-9273

(602) 422-9259


Jessica Green
Director of Development
(602) 802-8265

Marlo Dykeman
Corporation and Foundation Grants Manager
(602) 422-9268

Farrah Fiegener
Mentor Recruiter
(602) 422-9262

Roxanne Majeski Hiller
Development Assistant
(602) 422-9272

Genevieve Villegas
Events and Communications Manager
(602) 422-9260


Briana Clark
Match Program Manager
(602) 422-9278

Mark Garcia
Training and Curriculum Manager (& Facilitator)
(602) 422-9279

Safia Malow
Program Assistant
(602) 422-9270

Ace Richmond
Program Services Project Coordinator
(602) 422-9258

Shiloh Serna
Mentor Screener and Trainer
(602) 422-9267

Andrea Solis
Bilingual Intake Coordinator
(602) 422-9264

Program Coordinators

Alejandra Ruiz
Senior Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9265

Rachael Hartzell
Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9281

Milan Jokanovic
Bilingual Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9263

Charles Pratt IV
Bilingual Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9276

Judy Schultz
Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9275

Board and Leadership


  • Jennifer Murray
    Community Volunteer
  • John Williams
    Vice Chair
    Ricondo & Associates, Inc.
  • Tim Beatty
    ASU Polytechnic School, Ira Fulton School of Engineering
  • Joshua Shade
    U.S. Bank


  • Gaurav Auditya
    AssetMark, Inc
  • Jason Cook
    Interior Logic
  • Sean Cummings
    The Opus Group
  • Lauren Frank
    Freeport McMoRan
  • Joe Gaudio
    United Health Care
  • Waseem Hamadeh
    HOH Investment Group
  • Robin Hilgart
    Hilgart Wilson
  • Jon Hupp
    Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC
  • Rocco Mandala
    CB Richard Ellis Capital Markets
  • Andrew Norris
    Ricoh USA
  • Allen Plunkett
    Phoenix Staff
  • Cathy Teeter
    CBRE, Inc.

Emeritus Council Members

  • Wendell Cook
    Chairman, Interior Logic
  • Shannon Albert
  • Cherie Bond
  • Angela Copeland
    APS, Retired
  • Carol Cox
    Community Volunteer
  • Jim Dew
    Dew Wealth Management
  • Al Evenson
    Homestead Land Co.
  • Julie Frisoni-Shumway
    Frisoni Public Relations
  • Mary Gaudio
    Community Volunteer
  • Cal Gauss
    Community Volunteer
  • B.A. Golston
  • Kathleen Holmes
    Provident Funding
  • Jim Krohn
    Alliance Residential
  • Adam Lang
    Snell & Wilmer, LLP
  • Reena Marwah
    Healing Minds, PLC
  • Deborah Ostreicher
    Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
  • Les Peterson
    Mayor of Carefree
  • David Rousseau
    Salt River Project
  • Richard Saldivar
  • Mark Voigt
    Voyager Properties
  • Cathy Todd-West
    General Motors

Leadership Committee Members

  • Beth Blankenship
    Arizona Public Service
  • Ross Grainger
  • Rick McCartney
  • Michelle McGinty
    DRA Collective
  • Jennifer Shue
    Wage Works
  • André St. Pierre
  • Wayne Teeter
  • Nicholas Velasquez
    Cox Communications

Our Investors

=TS Founding Member=2016-17 Member=2017-18 Member =2018-19 Member

HEROES • $75,000 and above

CHAMPIONS • $50,000 – $74,999

ROLE MODELS • $20,000 – $49,999

ADVOCATES • $10,000 – $19,000

ALLIES • $5,000 – $9,999

COACHES • $1,000 – $4,999

  • Karen Smith
  • Avila Retail Development and Management
  • Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy
  • Donald & Donna Devine
  • Tom & Linda Cheney
  • Desai, Roopali & Hardin, Jay
  • Executive Council Charities
  • Association of Benefactors
  • Southwest Gas Corporation
  • Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • General Dynamic Mission Systems
  • Boeing
  • BNSF Railway Foundation
  • Andrew Cohn
  • Robert & Therese Wilson
  • Antonya & Chris Williams
  • JM Realty Advisors LLC
  • David Lueth
  • Bernard & Muriel Lauren Foundation
  • DP Electric
  • Phoenix Staff
  • Bank of the West
  • Inspired Networks
  • Paradies-Lagardere
  • Corgan Associates
  • Interior Logic
  • Kitchell
  • DPR Construction
  • Dominic & Jessica Jarrett
  • SmithGroup JJR
  • Allen & Angelica Plunkett
  • John & Vicki Panhuise
  • Timothy & Katherine Beatty
  • Sean Cummings
  • DWL Architects + Planners
  • Snell & Wilmer, LLP
  • John F Long Foundation
  • Hill International
  • Cassin & Cassin LLP
  • ACE Parking
  • Ann & Michael McCartney
  • Impark
  • Steve & Stephanie Grauer
  • Sundt Construction
  • Jeffrey & Julie Shumway
  • SuperShuttle
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates
  • Bryan Taute
  • LAM Holdings
  • Mike & Cindy Harris
  • Jim & Victoria Lauer
  • C & S Companies
  • Honeywell
  • Michael Bryant
  • David Wolfswinkle
  • Dolores Miller Charitable Endowment In Memory of Carlyle Miller
  • Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • William & Linda Langer
  • Mark & Michele Voigt
  • Coppersmith Brockelman, Plc
  • Network For Good
  • Acacia Capital Corporation
  • Nancy Swanson
  • Kathryn Bradley
  • Arizona Center for After school Excellence
  • Pete Gorriaz
  • David Schwartz
  • Marty Hedlund
  • Cynthia & Thomas McDonald
  • Dan & Amy Tyre
  • Alex & Robin Bertolini
  • Norris Design AZ LLC
  • Dominique Damarell
  • Mike & Dee Redwine
  • Kohl’s Department Stores
  • Bryan & Nicole Amarel
  • Jill Stadum
  • Kenneth & Heather Steiness
  • Jeff & Marie Seaman
  • Washington Federal Foundation
  • Jennifer Shue
  • Kurt & Lachele Mangum
  • Stephen Duplantis
  • Jennifer L Farrell
  • Anthony Valenzuela
  • David Murphy
  • Julie & Barnier, Jerry Johnson
  • D.L. Withers Construction
  • B.A. & Irvin Golston
  • Matthew & Valerie Pesch
  • Asher Gunter
  • Tyler & Nancy Anderson
  • Joshua Shade
  • Jolene & Conlin, Andrew Dance
  • Dan Spinogatti
  • Clear-Comm Consulting
  • Charles Schwab Foundation




Who We’re Looking For

We are excited to expand our Program team to include highly qualified professionals passionate in the following areas:

Program Case Managers:

  • Coaching, developing, and supporting adult mentors in mentoring relationships with high risk youth to reach college and career success
  • Project and case planning with youth and their mentors to define clear steps to break cycles of poverty and adversity so that youth can achieve the future they want
  • Maintaining a coaching and developmental mindset that allows youth and mentors to have breakthroughs in self destructive thought processes that lead to long term results
  • Connecting guardians and families to resources necessary to create familial stability, allowing youth to fully invest in program outcome achievement
  • Nurturing relationships with all clients (youth and mentors), with end goal of youth realizing their full potential
  • Engage in personal development to represent our model with integrity

What You’ll Do

We’re looking for team members to help lead our program impact by supporting the implementation of our unique program model to create transformation in the lives of each youth we serve. Key service elements include: reinforcement of personal development, life skills, and college/career readiness curriculum through case planning and project planning; supporting workshops and retreats; mentor coaching, development, and support; and informing/referring caregivers to essential services.

What You’ll Need

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education or Non-profit or a related field
Speaking, writing and reading fluency in both Spanish and English languages.

At least 3 years of professional related experience in a youth-serving non-profit organization.

Arizona Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance eligible or approved Valid Arizona driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, and daily access to personal vehicle.

You’ll Really Catch Our Eye If You

Have a master’s degree in Social Work, Non-profit or like field. Interested parties can email their cover letter and resume to rberg@nfpy.org and cmcclendon@nfpy.org.



View our financial documents:

Form 990   Financials View our Annual Report