Dec, 2019 – New Pathways for Youth Receives more than $1,000,000

From Five Local Philanthropic Partners
in Support of Five-Year Plan to Double Footprint

New Pathways for Youth (NPFY), a 30-year old non-profit dedicated to interrupting chronic poverty in the lives of our community’s most at-risk-youth, has announced the next milestone in its 30-year history. Five local philanthropic partners have invested in the organization’s Capital Program Expansion, a strategic plan that looks to double impact and footprint over the next five years. The partners include Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, BHHS Legacy Foundation, Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and Thunderbirds Charities.

“We are honored that these long-respected Arizona institutions are investing in our future and the future of our youth,” says Christy McClendon, New Pathways for Youth CEO. “Their investment in our vision personifies the type of impact and transformation that is possible with our community of support.”

In a move to develop and build the organization for the future, NPFY staff and board of directors developed an expansion goal of $5.7 MIL to reach and serve more youth by recruiting 1,500 total mentors over the next five years and increasing personal development, life skills and 1:1 mentoring programs. Plans will double staff by adding more focused skill sets including coaching and development for mentors, case management and curriculum development.

“New Pathways for Youth has an outstanding formula of mentor training and building long-term
relationships between mentors and mentees. They help at-risk youth move on to college or the
workplace. Their work in this community is vital and we’re pleased to support them in expanding their reach to more Valley neighborhoods,” said Carol Peden Schilling, trustee chair, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

NPFY has raised $3.9 MIL towards their $5.7 MIL goal for the Capital Expansion Project, which kicks off with the purchase and renovation of a nearly 11,000-square-foot building at 901 E. Jefferson in downtown Phoenix. The new building will feature a 100-person course room, 25 and 20-person smaller workshop rooms, case planning rooms, community gathering room and kitchen, staff and leadership office space and conference rooms and an outdoor recreation space and courtyard. Move in is expected first quarter of 2020.

About New Pathways for Youth

New Pathways provides targeted programmatic support to youth and young adults ages 12-21. 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 a connected community 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. In 1989, our first program served 40 youth. We have since grown to serve more than 6,500 youth since our beginning.