PATHWAYS! July 2020
Star’s Scholarship: Transforming What’s Possible
For our youth, transformation begins with opening the possibilities of the future and expanding what was once thought as impossible.
For Star, it was a college education. When Star joined the New Pathways program in 2016, higher education wasn’t on the table. But with the support and encouragement of her mentor, Lauren, she started to dream. Lauren worked alongside Star to dive into New Pathways’ evidence-based curriculum, and apply it to their daily lives.
Star learned more about herself and how resilient she truly is. She pursued her personal goals, began to open up, and broke through barriers along the way. One by one, new possibilities kept emerging in her life. Star became the first in her family to receive a high school diploma.
The leadership qualities, academic record, and outgoing character Star developed through the New Pathways programs opened the possibility to pursue a college degree – and people took notice. Thanks to our friends at the Phoenix Suns and the Helios Foundation, Star was surprised with a four-year scholarship to her dream school, Northern Arizona University!
What once seemed impossible became a dream, an intentional goal to work toward, and then a possibility. Now, it’s Star’s reality. We are so proud of Star and Lauren. Don’t miss Star’s reaction to the surprise reveal – it’ll make your day.
Data-driven results: What we’re learning from mentors about deepening our impact
This spring, we conducted our annual mentor survey, hearing from over one hundred of our mentors about their experience supporting youth on their personal journeys. As a result, we know that our mentors – and in turn, our youth – are more supported today than ever before to realize their greatest human potential. We also know that it is the direct impact of our data-driven approach and the dedication of our investors.
“I am beyond impressed with all of the training and the wide spectrum of what is covered at NPFY.” – New Pathways Mentor
These results are core to our program improvements because we know that youth outcomes directly correlate with mentor efficacy. Our youth are most empowered to overcome cycles of poverty and adversity to fulfill their greatest possibilities when we invest in support for our mentors.
When last year’s survey showed a need to strengthen the program team in order to better support our mentors, our investors enabled us to meet that need. Because of that intentional investment, today over 90 percent of our mentors feel that:
- Staff are very willing to help them
- The New Pathways team are concerned about how well their match is going
- Staff would provide help with activities and things to do with their match
- Their training prepared them well to be an effective mentor
We are already hard at work meeting opportunities for additional training and support for mentors and their youth that were highlighted in this year’s survey, including:
- Ensuring mentors and their youth are able to access the topics covered in workshops at the time they need them by developing webinars on budgeting and finance, nutrition, internet health and safety, and a range of topics that arise in the day-to-day lives of our youth.
- Providing specialized training for mentors so they are equipped to talk with their youth about hard-to-discuss topics such as substance abuse, sexual activity and mental well-being.
- Amplifying support for youth to meet their goals by providing additional training on goal settings and strategy and enhanced accountability in commitments to personal goals.
“New Pathways has already made incredible changes and I really look forward to taking advantage of all the opportunities that NPFY is providing. I believe the agency is stronger now than ever.” – New Pathways Mentor
At New Pathways for Youth, we cultivate evidence-based hope. That means the data and science behind what we do is truly at the core of our work; we use research to inform the ways in which our program grows, changes, and evolves, so that the ways in which we support our matches and tend to the human spirit together are always backed by contemplative and intentional strategy.
If you’re not yet a New Pathways investor, please consider visiting npfy.org/donations to support these vital program improvements that make a tangible difference in the life of our youth.
How you can make a bigger impact in 2020
You can help a young person unlock new possibilities this tax season! The new CARES Act provides a perfect opportunity to make a transformational change and lower your tax burden. Consider investing in New Pathways for Youth today – you’ll provide the tools and resources youth need to break the cycles of poverty and adversity. Here’s what you need to know:
- You can receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on your federal taxes when you make a charitable donation in 2020: up to $300 per person and up to $600 for married couples.
- You can claim this deduction even if you won’t itemize your 2020 return. This is an “above the line” deduction, meaning it reduces your adjusted gross income (and thus your taxable income).
- You can invest more if you itemize! The existing cap on cash contributions has been increased to 100% of adjusted gross income.
- The existing deduction cap for corporations has been increased to 25% of taxable income. This new deduction cap is only applicable to cash gifts going to a public charity.
As always, please consult your tax professional for additional details.
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Impacting Futures Briefing
Learn all about how we are disrupting poverty and creating impact for our youth, their families, and their communities. They are held virtually:
- the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.
- the third Friday of each month at 7:30 a.m.
- the fourth Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m.