Last week, New Pathways for Youth (NPFY) held its annual Stories of Transformation Breakfast that left everyone in attendance inspired from the youth’s stories of change and resilience.
Arizona Mayor, Kate Gallego recognized New Pathways for Youth and the difference its making across the Valley, stating the importance of organizations like these for the Phoenix community. Following her speech, Emmy award winning journalist Carey Peña led the program as MC for the morning.
Peña introduced four matches to play a “Mentor Mentee Match” game: Peña would ask these matches a question like “what is your mentee’s favorite snack?” and see if the match would agree on the answer. This left the crowd laughing as some matches had very different responses on what their mentee’s favorite snack really is. The game ended with “what is your mentee’s best quality?” and it was clear that mentors knew exactly what their mentee’s best qualities are. Mentor, Farrah and her mentee, Marcelino both wrote “resilience” as his strongest quality. This match then debuted a video on the history of their relationship following the game.
Following the video, Farrah and Marcelino discussed how NPFY made a difference on both of their lives. It was an emotional conversation that left the crowd tearing up and inspired.
The event concluded with CEO and President Dr. Karen D. Johnson giving a heartfelt speech about how her mentee, Xavier, aspires to show generosity and take care of his family, as well as his community. She ended the morning with a note on gratitude for all of the people in attendance, and for their contribution to the New Pathways for Youth organization. Overall, the Stories of Transformation Breakfast was a great success.
Thank you to everyone who was able to come and enjoy eggs, bacon and transformation!
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If you missed out on the magic, watch the video below to hear from Farrah and Marcelino about the difference NPFY made on their lives.