#ItBeginsWithMe…and yesterday something truly special began for all of us. More than 450 community transformers—leaders, mentors, youth—gathered to say, in unison, “It begins with me.” We heard Nacho’s story of perseverance in the face of incredible odds. How mentoring came into his life and changed, in that moment, his entire life’s potential. His mentor, Brock, also shared a touching message from abroad. He expressed the importance of giving back to his community and the amazing and unexpected rewards that have grown out of his and Nacho’s relationship.
We also heard, in a different way, the commitment of supporters to transforming more lives. Sponsors, match challengers and investors leveraged their resources to create a collective impact of $300,000. Their generosity to their community is enabling us to serve more than 100 youth. In addition, 10 breakfast attendees have already committed to becoming mentors. That means you have the opportunity to become one of the 90 additional mentors we need to meet our current youth waiting list.
We’d like also to thank our Breakfast sponsors: Alliance Residential, Elliot Homes and our friends, Keith Mardak and Mary Vandenberg. Their selfless service enabled our vision of the day to come to life.
The Annual Breakfast is both the culmination of a year in transformation and a look forward to the road ahead. It’s a celebration of our youth—their lives, accomplishments, and aspirations. It’s also a celebration of our mentors. Without their selfless service to the community, our mission of empowering youth to reach their full potential would be impossible.
Want to learn more about the breakfast and how you can invest in our community? Click on the link below. We can’t wait t hear from you!
Brad Jones is the President of Delta Construction Inc. and a member of our Transformation Society. He has been part of the New Pathways family since 2016.
Brad, why did you choose New Pathways for Youth and how did you get involved?
My wife and I were invited by a current NPFY board member to last year’s Annual Breakfast. We were moved by both the organization and the youth we saw at the event. While there are so many great causes out there, we like that our involvement at New Pathways has such a direct impact for both the mentee and the community in which we live.
Why is it important to you to give back to the community?
There are so many reasons. In general, I feel it’s important to help others in the community that may not have been given the same opportunities as we have. It is all of our responsibilities to ensure everyone is on a level playing field.
Delta is a small business that relies on the skills of our community member to be successful. Many youth in our community encounter opportunity gaps in their day-to-day. We need to open doors for them and teach them how working hard toward their goals is the best investment they can make for themselves and their families.
photo courtesy of Delta Construction
Where did Delta Construction’s culture of giving come from?
We have always believed that—as a company, a family and as individuals—we become better within ourselves when we take the time to help others. As a company, we all bring our different skills and efforts to make an impact in the lives of our local families and we know that our sum is truly greater than our parts.
What’s your advice to other individuals or businesses still sitting on the sidelines?
Our future is in the hands of our youth. We owe it to them to share what we know and give them a chance to see how bright their futures can be. Being involved with New Pathways for Youth renewed our belief that we could make a difference. We just had to get out on the field and play!
What’s one thing that most people probably don’t know about you?
We have six rescue dogs—in all shapes and sizes!—and two amazing boys of whom we are very proud.
ARE YOU LOOKING TO MAKE THE SAME KIND OF IMPACT AS BRAD AND DELTA HAVE MADE ON OUR COMMUNITY?
THEN LET’S CHAT!
Thanks to our generous friends at Leslie’s Pool Supplies, we have the opportunity, once again, to do some incredible things for our community!
From now thru May 1st, Leslie’s will match every dollar donated by our mentors up to $10,000. That means a potential impact of up to $20,000!
C’mon and take the Mentor Match Challenge! Help us reach our goal of expanding mentoring to more youth in the coming year.
Looking for a way to make a big impact in your community but don’t know where to start? Mentoring can be a gateway for both mentor and mentee into a world of civic, academic and social possibilities. New Pathways makes it easy for mentors from all generations and backgrounds to break the ice and become an effective and caring source of support for our community’s at-risk youth.
Click on the link below to learn more and sign up to attend a mentor introduction. If you’re reading this newsletter, and you’ve come this far down the page, you’re the exact kind of person we’re looking for to help close opportunity gaps for our youth.
2017 Dave Trout Open
Join us for a day on the links, Friday, March 24, 2017 to help raise funds for our transformative mentoring program!
Register now to reserve your tee time and to purchase raffle tickets for a chance at winning a stunning Rolex Submariner watch!
Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Check-in begins at 6:30am and the first groups tee off at 8:00am. Visit www.npfy.org/dtopen to register and sponsor youth transformation on the green!