As the summer months roll in and temps begin to rise, let’s take a look at the place we call home, the Garfield neighborhood.
For More than 25 years, New Pathways for Youth has worked to transform lives and build bright futures in this vibrant community, one of the Valley’s oldest.
That’s right, people have been calling this spot just east of downtown home since long before Arizona was even a state. For those of us who know it best, Garfield is a place of contrasts, where new and old live side-by-side and cultures intersect.
In recent years, like much of the Valley, the area experienced boom and bust. But now there’s a different kind of resurgence taking place and New Pathways is situated right at the epicenter.
Look around and you’ll see a community transforming. Only weeks ago it was just announced that the owners of the popular Welcome Diner and Gallo Blanco restaurants will be investing in the area, setting up new digs that are sure to be as popular as their current hot spots.
Garfield—an area beset by child homelessness, hunger and domestic violence—is seeing a new wave of Phoenicians drawn to the urban core and looking for ways they can invest time, money and services to make a big impact on those around them. By finding new ways to partner with individuals, businesses and organizations New Pathways for Youth is building bridges between Garfield’s residents, new and old. With the effort of our team and hundreds of dedicated mentors and volunteers, New Pathways is lighting the spark to ensure better outcomes for Garfield’s youth.
Come check out what’s going on at New Pathways and be a part of something BIG!
Sheryl Pehrson is in her first year mentoring Amonté. She looks forward to many more years involved at New Pathways.
Sheryl, what was your first impression of Amonté and how has that impression changed over time?
I know it sounds corny, but it was love at first sight! He’s a charming, funny and such a sweet, gentle young man. My impression has not changed much but I do see him more through his eyes, going through real world problems. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to guide him through life’s adversities.
What makes New Pathways and the community around it so special to you?
NPFY’s mission speaks to my heart. Helping others by being a good role model is something I have always tried to do. New Pathways for Youth has given me the tools through advanced training, support and workshops to help me do what is best for Amonté and others.
Is there anything that has surprised you about mentoring?
Mentoring has been a joy and merging lives with Amonté has been a natural process. Probably what surprises me the most is the fact that New Pathways receives very little support from the government. Everything we do and wish for in the lives of these youth is made possible by the generosity of sponsors, volunteers and individual donors.
You’ve found a way to double your impact at New Pathways. Tell us about that.
When I realized how much NPFY relies on donations for its programming, I wanted to find out how I could help them help Amonté and other kids like him. I discovered that my employer, like many others throughout the Valley, has a pre-tax incentive program allowing me to make a contribution before taxes to the charitable organization of my choice. By giving financially and volunteering my time, I’m doubling my impact and making New Pathways sustainable for Amonté and all the other faces that have stolen my heart!
Visit the rest of our website to learn more about New Pathways’ transformative mentoring program and discover how simple it can be to make a big impact on your community!
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New Pathways received amazing support from those who took advantage of Arizona’s charitable tax credit. It allowed individuals to contribute up to $200 and families up to $400, and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax break come tax season.
Well, we’ve got some great news!
With the recent passage of SB1216, Arizona lawmakers have unlocked your giving potential, doubling these levels to:
It’s never too early in the year to make your tax-deductible donation to New Pathways for Youth.
Help us fill our volunteer gap at any one of these upcoming activities and projects! Get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
Father’s Day Party
Host a celebration, card/craft-making for caregivers of after school program youth.
Number of Volunteers:
Play in the dirt while you get our garden ready for harvest! You’ll help our youth learn about the plants, their life cycle, garden maintenance and where our food comes from.
Number of Volunteers:
2 hours per month
Summer Program Field Trips
Chaperone field trips, ensure safety, and fun.
Number of Volunteers:
Got a few hours to spare?
Arizona Trout Camp 2016
June 10–12, 2016
Join Arizona Trout Camp for an unforgettable weekend! Enjoy three days of fishing and fun on picturesque Cyclone Lake, not far from Pinetop, AZ. At 8300′ in elevation and not open to the public, this lake is well known to anglers for its incredible scenery and variety of trout.
Your $475 fee grants you the following:
- all meals
- private lake access
- fishing permits
- showers and toilets
- and more…
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Have some out-of-this-world fun!
Join ARIF, ARCA and 250 guests for an exciting day of “Out of this World Bowl-Con” bowling event. Dress up as your favorite sci-fi character and help raise money for our amazing youth!
You’ll have the opportunity to take part in the 19th Annual Charity Bowling Tournament and Silent Auction. Last year’s event raised nearly $16,000 to help kids in our programs stay in school!
Oops! Looks like the tournament is all sold out. Stay tuned for more great opportunities to transform lives!