PATHWAYS! December 2019

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December 2019 Newsletter

Young Adult Youth Summit - Program Launch Bridges Gaps to Adulthood
As a part of our vision to deepen impacts in the lives of our youth, we launched our first two Young Adult Youth Summits this year. The goal of the Summits are to sustain success and ongoing transformation for our youth as they move from high school to young adulthood.  

The Summits were launched to bridge the gap for our youth between the ages of 19 and 23 who are completing their high school diploma,  attending university or a community college, and career building.  This period in life is often one of great transition and presents unique life challenges.

Created as an extension of the curriculum taught in our high school workshops, the quarterly Summits help our young adults adjust their goals for this new phase of life and engages our mentors with tools on how to support a young adult learner.

We currently serve 81 young adult youth. Hear some of their voices:

“The Young Adult Summits have helped me start to navigate from childhood to adulthood and what it is I want in this new chapter in all aspects of my life, especially in relationships.” — Michelle Z.

“The Young Adult Summits help me understand that to be able to complete a goal that you have been trying to do for a while without your wanted results requires some sort of intervention–whether this is assessing your level of commitment or addressing a concern that is hindering your progress. Addressing these issues is as important as learning how to create organizing and planning tools.  I’m learning new ways to think and approach real life issues in adulthood.”  – Jennifer H.

One way for you to contribute to these young adults and invest in their journey is through Arizona Charitable Tax Credit giving. Click on the link below to learn more!

Charlie and Jana Sample have been a steady supporters of New Pathways for years.  But at a critical moment in our history, Charlie sat down with our CEO Christy McClendon to introduce his friend Ed Lesser to our mission.  Both men and their families share a passion for supporting youth in creating better futures. 

During the coffee meeting, Christy shared more about our mission and the Board’s recent commitment to a Capital Expansion Program.  The vision intrigued Charlie and he challenged Christy McClendon with the simple question of “what would it take to have a building our kids deserve.”  What happened next put us on our new journey to impact. 

Charlie Sample and Christy

Not only did Charlie help us dream bigger for our youth, he and Jana committed our first $1 million dollar donation and his friend Ed and his wife Emily backed up his investment with an additional $300,000.  These two donations from long-time friends and advocates for youth kicked off the Capital Expansion Program and led us to finding our new home.

On behalf of all of the future youth that will make their own memories in the new building, the youth that will learn to believe in their dreams, THANK YOU, friends, for helping us launch the capital campaign that day.

Here’s a clip of Christy telling the story of Charlie and Ed’s generosity at our recent Transformations Society event:

Inspired by the Sample’s and Lesser’s generous spirit?

Learn more about joining our Transformations Society.

Click here to learn more about mentoring at New Pathways!

Mentor and Volunteer Recruitment

Now Recruiting Mentors for 2020. Kick off the new year by registering for a January Mentor Introduction session. Make an Impact, Transform a Life.

Johnny and Jordan

We are committed to doubling our impact for our youth!  And, we need you now more than ever! Over the next few years, our goal is to increase our mentors in the organization to 1000. Become a mentor, changes lives…including yours! Many of our mentors come into the experience not knowing what to expect and leave having been changed forever.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, feel free to reach out and attend one of our mentor introduction sessions, every Tuesday at 12:30 pm and 6:15 pm and the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 am.

Click on the link below to take that first step to becoming a mentor.

Click here to learn more about mentoring and volunteering at New Pathways!
Everyday we are making progress on our new home.  It is so exciting to see the transformation of the space!

View of construction activity at our new community center in Downtown Phoenix!

The team at New Pathways are getting ready to make our move and look forward to welcoming all of you at our Grand Opening in March. Stay tuned for more details.

To learn more about our new home, click on the link below.

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Are you 70 years young? Special Giving Opportunity for our +70 Supporters

Avoid taxes on transfers from your IRA of up to $100,000 by supporting New Pathways.  A donation to our mission can fulfill some or all of your required minimum distribution for the year and reduce your taxable income even if you don’t itemize deductions.

  • You must be 70 ½ years old when you make the transfer to NPFY.
  • The transfer must be direct from your IRA to NPFY.
  • The deadline for taking RMDs is December 31 or April 1, depending on your age.

Leave a Legacy That Breaks Cycles

Consider leaving a legacy to continue breaking the cycle of poverty and chronic adversity for area youth and their families for years to come. Join a special group of donors who have included us as a beneficiary in their estate plans by listing New Pathways for Youth in your will, trust, life insurance, or retirement plan.

Call to discuss IRA donations or your ideas for legacy giving at 602-802-8265.

Call us at 602-802-8265


New Pathways Annual Breakfast

February 25, 2020

Save the Date for our 2020 Annual Breakfast!
Join us February 25, 2020 for the most inspiring morning of the year! Hear the stories that shape New Pathways and experience the journey our youth and mentors take to transformation.

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Click here to learn more about mentoring at New Pathways!

Dave Trout Open

April 17, 2020

Time to dust off those putters and practice those fist pumps. Join us April 17, 2020 for the Dave Trout Open supporting New Pathways for Youth. We need sponsors and golfers. 

Get ready for the 2020 Dave Trout Golf Tournament!

For more information or to volunteer for this event, click here!

Click here to get involved!