PATHWAYS! November 2019


November 2019 Newsletter

Valley Partnership Community Project - Creating Unity
On November 2, more than 150 volunteers descended upon our new home at 9th street and Jefferson to build out the Inspiration outside Courtyard. Valley Partnership selected New Pathways as the recipient of their 2019 Valley Partnership Community Project to design and build this much-needed courtyard addition for our future space. The courtyard was not included in the original plans due to costs, but now with the help of Valley Patnership our mentors and youth will now enjoy a welcoming outdoor space for social bonding and connection to nature.

“What an incredible experience this year,” said Cheryl Lombard, president and CEO of Valley Partnership. “The team of volunteers were truly humbled by the mission and impact of New Pathways and grateful for the opportunity to give back. The project exposed our members and community to the impact mentorship and how they can make a difference in these at-risk youths lives.”

Thank you to Valley Partnership and this group of community members and leaders for showing your support for our mission. It proves what is possible when work together to champion our youth.

If you want to learn more about New Pathways’ growth plans and how to get involved, please contact Christy at

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Transformations Society - Reflection and Hope

New Pathways for Youth celebrated the last event at their current headquarters in the Garfield District.  More than 150 Transformation Society donors joined together to reflect on the past 30 years of impact and learn more from youth and mentors about the exciting plans for the organization.  This committed group of donors is looking into the future with great excitement as they prepare to move into their new home and double their impact for our community.

Transformations Society Profile - Rocco Mandala

Rocco Mandala has been a champion for our youth for years. Rocco’s efforts in creating Rocco’s Pin Pals and the support that event has provided our youth and our mentors is a shining example of the creativity, strength, and energy our Transformations Society members provide to New Pathways. We had a chance to sit down with Rocco last week and hear his story and learn how he became a pillar of our community.

Rocco's Pin Pals

What motivates you to give your time and resources to advancing the mission of New Pathways?

The mission is very personal to me.  As a young adult I was mentored by many caring adults outside of my family unit. Their interest in me and my future success was critical to shaping my journey.

What personal experiences drive your desire to give back?

I love seeing the transformations that are possible once our youth start believing in themselves.  Amazing things happen.  Watching these transformations over the years is what keeps me committed to New Pathways and our youth.  The possibilities are endless.

What is the Board doing (or would you hope to see the Board do) to advance the mission/vision of New Pathways?

I continue to be impressed with Christy McClendon and the incredible leadership she has shown in advancing the mission of NPFY.  The board’s commitment to doubling the organization’s impact is to be applauded.  The work of this organization is so important to the future of our community.  I look forward to helping the board meet their goals and spending time in the new building!

What advice can you give to encourage others to get involved with NPFY to become a volunteer or supporter?

Mentoring through NPFY is a large commitment of time.  However, that’s not the only way you can help advance this incredible mission. Think about who you know that may connect with our youth.  I continue to be amazed by the connections and collaborations that emerge from Rocco’s Pin Pals bowling tourney.  It shows what can happen when a community comes together for a shared passion.

Inspired by Rocco’s story and interested in joining our Transformations Society?

Get in touch with us!

Click here to learn more about mentoring at New Pathways!

Mentor and Volunteer Recruitment

Our youth need YOU! Become a mentor and changes lives…including yours! Many of our mentors come into the experience not knowing what to expect and leave having been changed forever.

Mentoring fosters growth, improves lives, changes outcomes and brings hope to at-risk youth in local communities affected by challenges.

Last year, our mentors provided more than 60,000 hours of mentoring. Everything from social and emotional support to academic and career readiness, mentoring can be something different in every scenario and means so much to the youth we serve. We have tools, training, and an amazing support staff to help you every step of the way.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, feel free to reach out and attend one of our mentor introduction sessions, every Tuesday at 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 or volunteer.

Click here to learn more about mentoring and volunteering at New Pathways!
Holiday Drive - Make the Holidays Special
Make our youth’s holidays bright with a special gift! This year we are collecting Care Kits and $50 gift cards for our youth between the ages of 12-21 years old. Give the gift of joy this holiday season!

Recommended Care Kit Supplies

Caddy or carrying case filled with FULL SIZE quality items of:

  • Body wash
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Face wash
  • Body spray
  • Body lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Loofah or wash cloth

Recommended Gift Cards

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Kohl’s

Please package kits in a caddy with a bow and label the kit by gender (male or female). Please arrange for all gifts to be delivered to New Pathways for Youth by Tuesday, December 3, 2019. If you have any questions or would like to arrange delivery of your gifts, contact Genevieve at (602) 422-9260 or

We were thrilled to host a hard hat tour for NPFY VIPs to check out the evolving space.  And, excitement was definitely in the air. Fox 10 and Channel 12 joined us to share our amazing progress.

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

As construction continues to progress toward completion, we’re beginning to see the possibilities of all possibilities taking shape!

Be sure to attend our Grand Opening on March 27, 2020! In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted…

Tax Credit Giving - Enhanced for 2019

The Arizona Charitable Tax Credit is a great way to get through tax season with a smile on your face. Here are some of the details:

1. Get your money back!

Your AZ Charitable Tax Credit gift reduces your taxes dollar-for-dollar as a credit, not a deduction. In other words, donations of up to $800 will be applied as a credit on your state tax return.

2. Everyone Qualifies

No itemizing needed! If you file state income taxes in Arizona, you qualify to claim the Charitable Tax Credit, simply by giving to NPFY!

3. Take Multiple Tax Credits

You can take advantage of multiple tax credits in the same filing year: Charitable Tax Credit, the Foster Care Credit, Private School Tuition Credit, Public School Tax Credit, and more!

4. Up to $800 in Credit

For tax year 2019, couples filing jointly can give up to $800 maximum (individuals can give up to $400). Any donation amount up to the maximum is appreciated! The deadline to give is now April 15, 2020 for tax year 2019.

Talk to your tax professional and click below for more information!

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SAVE THE DATE: NPFY Annual Breakfast 2020

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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SAVE THE DATE: Dave Trout Golf Tournament

April 17, 2020

Get ready for the 2020 Dave Trout Golf Tournament!
Time to dust off those putters and practice those fist pumps. Save the Date, April 17, 2020 for the Dave Trout Golf Tournament supporting New Pathways for Youth.

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

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