At New Pathways for Youth, we believe through creating breakthroughs in their self-destructive thinking in a supportive, connected, and caring community, our youth can achieve the future they want. As they create breakthroughs and develop belonging in a community of other mentors and youth, they open themselves up to new possibilities. That is why we are committed to ensuring youth are exposed to both college and career options that allow them to break the cycle of poverty through more than livable wages.
Three years ago, DPR Construction became our first workforce development partner. Youth accepted into this program, along with their mentor, are paired with a DPR ally. This triad meets regularly to explore careers inside the construction industry and develop career building skills. To complete the program, our youth have opportunity for summer internships and scholarships with DPR.
For many of the youth that have participated in this program, a whole new future opened up for them. They never knew the vast and diverse career options construction could offer.
This month Anthony accepted a scholarship from DPR to support his construction management program at ASU.
This year, we’re celebrating that our workforce development partnerships have extended to Alliance Residential. Alliance Residential created a program to provide job training and work experience to our youth. Xiclali is a shy, quiet junior in high school. She is devoted to her family and wants “to make something of herself” so that she can help her parents and siblings. She and her mentor have been exploring post-secondary options, including tours of ASU and UofA. She applied to Alliance Residential because saw this as an opportunity to gain work experience and explore a possible career opportunity. However, what she is receiving is way beyond what she thought was available to her.
Xiclali is learning skills that will serve her the rest of her life. She is becoming less shy and opening up to other people. She shared, “I’m getting outside myself and relating to people more. I like helping them out.”
When asked what her favorite part of her experience is, she replied, “Everything!” Thank you DPR and Alliance Residential for stepping up to create opportunities for our youth!
If you would like to discuss our workforce development initiatives, please call Richie Berg, Director of Programs at 602-258-1012.
We are so excited to profile CoBiz Financial and their Biz Bash event! This year New Pathways for Youth is a beneficiary of this annual event, an evening big on fun and short on speeches!
Biz Bash was born out of a desire to disrupt the “typical” fundraising gala. Steve Bangert, CoBiz Chairman and CEO, brainstormed with his team of how they could raise important funds for community organizations, invite their friends, AND have a good time.
In 2001 the Biz Bash was created. It combines music, mingling, a unique silent auction, and delicious food – all to raise money for a great cause. The Biz Bash was well-received and quickly became known for being more black t-shirt than black tie, more dancing than programming, more epicurean than etiquette and just MORE fun. Since its inception, the Biz Bash has raised more than $5.5 million for local non-profit organizations in Arizona and Colorado.
You are not going to want to miss this year’s event! Biz Bash entertainment will feature Scottsdale-based 10-piece power horn band the Groove Merchants. With one of the most versatile rhythm sections around, their concert is all live, featuring the greatest dance music from Motown to today’s top-40 hits. Their infectious performance is energetic and pure fun!
Save the date and join us on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. for an unforgettable night to benefit our youth! There are several ways to get involved, follow the links below to participate. We’ll see you there!
Help us fill our volunteer gap at any one of these upcoming activities and projects!
Roll up your sleeves and help beautify the center! We are looking for volunteers to deep clean and organize program spaces to keep the center functional for our youth, parents, and mentors. We are also looking to freshen our courtyard space with new flowers and other plants.
- Number of Volunteers: 5 – 10+
- 2-4 hours; time is flexible between 9am – 5pm, Monday - Friday
Child Care Volunteer
Make parent transformation possible! Volunteers provide childcare to allow parents of participating youth to attend workshops and develop the skills they need to effectively support their children’s development.
Volunteers could play board games and sports, do crafts, or simply spend time with the school-aged youth. The time you volunteer in childcare allows our parents time to develop themselves! Volunteers must have a valid Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card.
- Number of Volunteers: 2 – 4
Wednesday, August 15th, 5:00pm-8:30pm