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About New Pathways for Youth

At New Pathways for Youth, we’re awakening the full human potential to bring about individual and community transformation. Through a holistic development program and 1:1 mentoring within community groups, we guide our youth as they discover renewed outlooks on life and realize unwritten possibilities for their futures.

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

Nicole Szymkowski
Executive Project Manager
(602) 422-9271

Manny Nieto
Administrative Assistant
(602) 422-9267

(602) 422-9259


Mark Teetor
Director of Operations
(602) 422-9269

Farrah Fiegener
Mentor Recruiter
(602) 422-9262

Heidi Parmenter
Operations Coordinator
(602) 422-9258


Marlo Dykeman
Director of Philanthropy
(602) 422-9268

Nick Jensen
Development Coordinator
(602) 422-9268

Roxanne Majeski Hiller
Development Assistant
(602) 422-9272

Mary Kate Nacke
Communications Coordinator
(602) 802-8269


Briana Clark
Program Director
(602) 422-9278

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

Alejandra Ruiz
Program Manager
(602) 422-9265

Erin Sitz
Program Assistant
(602) 422-9270

Program Coordinators

Beatriz Aguirre
Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9276

Julie Morris
Program Coordinator
(602) 802-8266

Emily Nunez-Eddy
Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9281

Adriana Salles
Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9277

Judy Shultz
Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9275

Emily Taracena
Program Coordinator
(602) 422-9267

Board of Directors

  • 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
  • Jason Cook
    Interior Logic
  • Robin Hilgart
  • Julie Johnson
  • Rocco Mandala
    CB Richard Ellis Capital Markets
  • Shar Najafi-Piper
    Copa Health
  • Andrew Norris
  • Allen Plunkett
    Phoenix Staff
  • Cathy Teeter
    CBRE, Inc.
  • Bobby Walker
    DPR Construction
  • Robin White
    Define Mortgage Solutions, LLC
  • Christopher Yakscoe
    Remarkable Health

Advisory Council

  • John Graham
    Sunbelt Holdings
  • Maria Baier
    Phoenix Suns
  • Christy Burton
    Burton Family Foundation
  • Joe Gaudio
    United Health Care
  • Howard Grace
    W.M. Grace Companies
  • Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick
    Aspen Institute
  • Marty Hedlund
    Sundt Construction
  • Ron Hilgart
  • Sintra Hoffman
  • Jenny Holsman-Tetreault
    US Foods
  • Michael Jesberger
    Terra West Communities
  • Dr. Larry Johnson
    Guttman Community College
  • Patty Johnson
    Connections Marketing & Communications
  • Derek Kirkland
    DPR Construction
  • Bill Langer
    Langer Investments
  • Christine Mackay
    City of Phoenix
  • Tammy McLeod
    Flinn Foundation
  • Adriana Murrietta
    Pharos Foundation
  • Bettina Nava 
    OH Strategic Communications
  • Steve Ortega
    Leslie’s Pools
  • Arturo Perez
    U.S. Bank
  • Cheryl Ruggiero
    Thunderbirds Charities
  • Charles Sample
    Community Volunteer
  • Andrew Skipper
  • Greg Vogel
    Land Advisors
  • Antonya Williams
    McCarthy Building Companies
  • Gerald Wissink
    BHHS Legacy Foundation

Emeritus Council Members

  • Wendell Cook
    Chairman, Interior Logic
  • Shannon Albert
  • Gaurav Auditya
    AssetMark, Inc
  • Carol Cox
    Community Volunteer
  • Sean Cummings
    The Opus Group
  • Jim Dew
    Dew Wealth Management
  • Al Evenson
    Homestead Land Co.
  • Lauren Frank
    Freeport McMoRan
  • Julie Frisoni-Shumway
    Frisoni Public Relations
  • Mary Gaudio
    Community Volunteer
  • Cal Gauss
    Community Volunteer
  • B.A. Golston
  • Jon Hupp
    Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC
  • Adam Lang
    Snell & Wilmer, LLP
  • Deborah Ostreicher
    Distinguished Communications
  • Les Peterson
    Mayor of Carefree
  • David Rousseau
    Salt River Project
  • Richard Saldivar
  • Mark Voigt
    Voyager Properties
  • Cathy West

Leadership Committee Members

  • Shaquin Albrow
    Phoenix Suns
  • Ruben Alonzo
    Arizona State University
  • Beth Blankenship
    Arizona Public Service
  • Mary Curtin
    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP
  • Candace Diehl
    Maricopa County Education Service Agency
  • Ryan Delaney
    US Bank
  • Anna Ducote
    Choice Hotels International
  • Pearl Esau
    Shan Strategies
  • Rachelle Giles
    Goodman Schwartz Public Affairs
  • Jason Gillette
    Guild Health Group
  • Ross Grainger
  • Melissa Farley
    Stronger Today
  • Jacqueline Hollkamp
  • Kathy Hoffman
    Arizona Department of Education
  • Jonathan Hupp
    Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC
  • Nick Jensen
  • Kyle Kennedy
    Bell Bank
  • Heather Kruse
    Phoenix College
  • Mike Livingston
    The Vanguard Group
  • Cheryl Lombard
    Valley Partnership
  • Rick McCartney
  • Albert Miller
    Culture Mind Cinema
  • Jeffrey Ostreicher
    JIO Law
  • Janice Palmer
    Helios Education Foundation
  • Bobby Patrovic
    Solar Mosaic
  • Veronica Salcido
    AdTalent LLC
  • Bahar Schippel
    Snell & Willmer LLP
  • Peter Schirripa
    Zip Recruiter
  • Jennifer Shue
    Orora Group
  • André St. Pierre
  • Wayne Teeter
  • Michael Thal
    Lang and Klain, PC
  • Katya Troyky
    Norton LifeLock
  • Jay Twitchell
    Arizona Public Service
  • Dylan Whitwer
    NAI Horizon

Our Investors

=TS Founding Member |=2016-17 Member | =2017-18 Member | =2018-19 Member | =2019-20 Member | =2020-21 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

  • U.S. Bank Foundation
  • Karen Smith
  • Avila Retail Development and Management
  • Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy
  • Michelle and Tony Brancato
  • Donald & Donna Devine
  • Camelback Kiwanis
  • Krueger Family Foundation
  • Tom & Linda Cheney
  • Desai, Roopali & Hardin, Jay
  • Evergreen Development Foundation
  • 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
  • Phoenix Staff
  • Inspired Networks
  • Andrew and Lori Norris
  • Paradies-Lagardere
  • Corgan Associates
  • Cindy and Mike Harris
  • William Bendix and Joyce McCune Bendix
  • Intel Volunteer Grant Program
  • Interior Logic
  • Kitchell
  • DPR Construction
  • Dominic & Jessica Jarrett
  • Deborah and Jeffrey Ostreicher
  • SmithGroup JJR
  • Allen & Angelica Plunkett
  • John & Vicki Panhuise
  • Barclay Development Holdings, LLLP
  • Timothy & Katherine Beatty
  • Sean Cummings
  • Wanda Kolomyjec and Todd McFarlane
  • Brad and Anne Jones
  • DWL Architects + Planners
  • Snell & Wilmer, LLP
  • John F Long Foundation
  • Hill International
  • Cassin & Cassin LLP
  • ACE Parking
  • Chris Yakscoe
  • Marc and Therese McGowan
  • Ann & Michael McCartney
  • Impark
  • Steve & Stephanie Grauer
  • 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
  • Xavier and Laurie Montoya
  • 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
  • Anuj Mathur
  • 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 Johnson & Jerry Barnier
  • 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
  • Safeway Foundation
  • United Way of Lee County
  • Ian and Ellen Whitmore





For the past 30 years, New Pathways for Youth has served youth 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 community cohorts and evidence based personal development and life skills retreats and workshops, our youth change the trajectory of their life. In 1989, our first program served 40 youth. We have since grown to serve over 400 youth annually and more than 6,500 youth since our beginning.

Current Job Openings:

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Bilingual Youth Enrollment Coordinator