New Pathways for Youth (NPFY) promoted Nick Jensen to development manager as it expands its team, striving to serve over 1000 youth in Central Phoenix. This organization matches youth with mentors to create stable, nurturing relationships that encourage youth to realize their full potential.
Volunteering as a mentor with NPFY in 2017 allowed Jensen to see the value that a positive adult mentor can have on youth, inspiring him to apply for the development coordinator role in 2021. Jensen is utilizing his master’s degree in nonprofit management to create community wide change, in hopes of improving the lives of countless Phoenix families.
Prior to the promotion, NPFY staff encouraged Jensen to voice his opinions and grow his skills as a leader. This prepared Jensen for a greater accountability in creating fund development strategies and increasing the donor base.
“My ultimate goal in this position is to increase our visibility in the public as a leader in the community helping youth achieve amazing things and being seen as a true leader in the youth development space,” Jensen stated.
Director of Philanthropy, John Patris-Browne, oversees that NPFY receives the funding and sponsorships needed to continue the mission. Prior to Patris-Browne’s onboarding, Jensen was the sole member of the philanthropy team, taking responsibility of the entire department and its donors.
“Nick stepped up for the organization and our donors during that time,” Patris-Browne stated. “Each day Nick wore multiple hats to ensure the work was being done at the highest level, Nick’s promotion to philanthropy manager allows him to make an even more significant impact on the partners, staff, volunteers and supporters of New Pathway’s mission and the youth we serve.”
The role of development manager includes building relationships and implementing strategies to increase the NPFY donor base and online fundraising totals. This position is key to NPFY expanding its reach and providing the necessary resources to Phoenix youth.
“I feel privileged to be a part of our expansion and growth plans to serve more youth, I’m just hoping I can play my part in making that reality possible,” Jensen said. “Everyone here has such a deep reservoir of passion, and you truly feel a part of something larger than yourself, a part of a community working toward the same goal and mission.”
In the coming years, NPFY wants to serve 1000 youth in the Phoenix area, providing mentors who help youth realize unwritten possibilities for their future. This includes creating 1000 individualized case plans designed for each unique dream.