Garfield mural titled “Knowledge Breaks Down Barriers Created by Ignorance” by Raul Gonzalez
Spring is always an exciting time of year for us at New Pathways. But this year we’re turning things up a notch as we expand our transformative mentoring program into our very own neighborhood. The Garfield Historic District has been our home for the better part of 30 years. In that time, we’ve watched the neighborhood transform and find life in the people who contribute to its vibrant culture. But despite the area’s rich history, it’s a place that suffers economically and many Garfield youth lead difficult lives in extreme poverty.
Life expectancies are far below average for the region, 60 percent of residents do not speak English and nearly half of all residents have not completed school past the eighth grade. Our youth bring with them incredible determination and dedication to the work they do, improving their lives. But many lack the social, emotional and academic support they need to truly succeed in our community. Simply giving them access to a caring mentor who can help steer them through life’s challenges contributes immensely to them reaching their full potential.
It’s an investment in the future success of our community that some mentors are able to fulfill in only a few hours per month. The impact is tremendous, it’s widespread and it’s something we feel everyday at our community center in the heart of Garfield. Now you have the opportunity to make an impact by becoming a mentor. It’s easier than you think. Come in for one of our Mentor Introduction Sessions, held every Tuesday evening at 6:15pm and on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30am at our community center on East Pierce Street.
Click the link below to learn more and begin to grow your impact in our community.
Mary and Joe Gaudio came to Phoenix two years ago looking to make an impact on their community. They discovered New Pathways and the rest is history.
Why New Pathways for Youth? How did you become involved with our organization?
Mary: While raising our kids in Texas, I became an active volunteer in our community. In addition, I spent two years as a substitute teacher. In all of those roles, I realized the great impact caring adults can have in the lives of children. When we moved back to Phoenix two years ago, I was looking for an opportunity to engage in the community and came across a newsletter for NPFY. I immediately felt a connection and made the call to find out more about becoming a mentor. It was the best call I ever made!
Why is it important to you to give back to the community?
Joe: A strong communtity is a benefit to everyone. We have a responsibility to do what each of us can to strengthen our community and give back to those less fortunate than ourselves. Giving back can take many forms, such as volunteering, providing financial support and becoming a mentor—we all have an opportunity to play a role in making our community stronger. This applies not only to individuals, but also to businesses and other organizations, as well.
Joe, as CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona, your support of New Pathways goes beyond your and Mary’s personal investment. Where did UnitedHealthcare’s culture of giving come from?
Joe: At UH, we have defined cultural values of Integrity, Compassion, Relationships, Innovation and Performance. These values represent who we are and influence how we operate as UH employees in our day-to-day. They are reinforced on a continuous basis starting with the highest levels of leadership.
What’s one thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
Mary: I’m a pretty open book, so there’s not a lot that people don’t know!
Joe: I collect G.I. Joe’s—my favorite toy growing up. Specifically, the Action Adventure Team, early 1970s!
What is some advice you can give to other individuals or businesses still sitting on the sidelines?
Mary: Change starts with you! It’s not enough to wish the world to be a better place. We can all make a difference in ways great and small.
Joe: Social responsibility should be at the core of all businesses, regardless of industry. By making it so, you will strengthen your business while you strengthen your community.
Want to learn more about the Transformations Society? Click the link below!
This Mother’s Day, you can sponsor a parent or parents as they go through our Parent Workshops. $50 is all it takes to help a mother of one of our youth as they go through our 10-week program and gain valuable skills.
The easiest way to make an impact on another person is simple: be kind. This Spring, we’re making it simple for you to have a big impact on the lives of our youth: Be (in)Kind. We’re looking for individuals, businesses and organizations in our community to make in-kind donations of goods and services to help strengthen our programming!
There’s no need to get out your check book or dress up for a fancy fundraiser. We’ll take your surplus goods and your expertise and put them to great use.
Sports and Play Supplies Needed:
- basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, kick balls
- jump ropes, flag football belts, hula hoops
- card games, board games for ages 5-16, puzzles
- educational games and books, K–7th grade reading levels
Please make your contribution by May 31st!
You can also donate one of these special gifts or a unique experience to be featured in our upcoming silent auctions. Both this summer’s 2017 ARCA Bowling Tournament and Biz Bash in October will be amazing opportunites through an in-kind donation to gain exposure for your business and bring greater impact to our youth.
Silent and Live Auction Items Needed:
- art, jewelry
- vacations, staycations
- memorable experiences:
wine tours, helicopter rides, outdoor experiences
- gift cards/baskets
- autographed memorabilia
Make sure to get your silent auction items to us by September 29th!
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It’s another year of success for our partnership with Leslie’s Pool Supplies and the Mentor Match Challenge! For the second straight year, our mentors have stepped up in a big way and we’re more than half way to our goal of $20,000 raised, thanks to matching funds from our friends at Leslie’s. We can’t thank our mentors enough for the work they do to help our youth reach their full potential. Their daily investment of guidance in the lives of our city’s at-risk youth is impossible to match, but the financial contribution they’re making to the success of these youth comes close!
This month, carry the spirit of #ItBeginsWithMe into helping us reach our goal of $20,000. Your support truly takes our mission and our vision to the next level.
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Interested in becoming a mentor? Click on the link below to learn more and begin your journey and grow your impact.