Felix is not unique. For many of the youth in our program, a sense of belonging and connection is something they are looking for and don’t know where to find. In this vacuum, many of our youth make connections wherever and however they can.
At New Pathways for Youth, community building is an intentional component of our transformative mentoring model. Beginning at our 3-day retreat, youth and mentors begin to recognize that they are not alone. These connections create bonds between our youth and the stable, caring mentors who have answered our youth’s call for support. For youth like Felix, they can go from feeling like there is no one in their corner, to a community of peers and mentors committed to their success.
The sense of connection and belonging doesn’t end at the retreat. Each month our matches come together as a community in our monthly life skill and personal development workshops. Each month it is reinforced for our youth that they belong to a community of support, others standing with them as they create breakthroughs in thinking and align actions to truly go after what they want in life, using the curriculum and tools of our program to achieve their goals.
Over the next year, we are doubling down on our impact. Using the latest program evaluations, coupled with emerging research on the toxic effects of childhood adversities, and ways to mitigate those effects, we are deepening the impact of our program for our youth. We are committed to ensuring that each and every youth in our program is empowered to fulfill their potential and have what they need inside themselves, their mentoring relationship, and their community.
Now is the time! Are you ready to join our community--to have this kind of impact on a young person’s life? Sign up for a mentor introduction today!
We are honored to highlight DEPCOM Power’s commitment and contribution to the transformation of our youth. For the past three years, they have supported the 500 youth we serve in our transformative mentoring program. They are dedicated to making a difference in the communities in which they live and work. Read below where Pastor Jeff Mugford, DEPCOM’s philanthropic director, shares about DEPCOM and their desire to make a difference.
- What inspired you to make an impact at New Pathways for Youth?
As I travel around the country looking for the most effective non-profit organizations making the biggest difference I have discovered one thing that is true across the board: Life change happens one person at a time! This is what we love about the program at New Pathways for Youth. Their mentoring program makes a difference one young person at a time. They are forward looking. They not only seek to meet the present needs of kids but also who those kids are becoming and the kind of adult they will be.
- Why is it important for you to invest in our community?
Depcom Power loves to come alongside such organizations. Although our involvement is primarily financial we also look forward to some of our employees participating in events in the greater Phoenix area in support of New Pathways. Depcom Power is a part of the community. We are a company with a generous heart. We have been blessed to be a blessing. We are proud to partner with New Pathways!
We need you! Right now, fifty youth from Garfield Elementary School are waiting for a mentor. They are committed to transforming their lives and need a stable, caring adult to empower them to fulfill their potential.
Will you be the caring adult who provides a stable relationship for these youth to begin their recovery from adversity and start a new pathway?
Join us for a Mentor Introduction Session! Introduction sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. and on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at 1001 East Pierce Street, Phoenix.
Help us fill our volunteer gap at any one of these upcoming activities and projects!
Child Care Volunteer
Make parent transformation possible! Volunteers provide childcare to allow parents of participating youth to attend workshops and develop the skills they need to effectively support their children’s development.
Volunteers could play board games and sports, do crafts, or simply spend time with the school-aged youth. The time you volunteer in childcare allows our parents time to develop themselves! Volunteers must have a valid Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card.
- Wednesday, May 23, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Mentor Newsletter Mailer
Give mentors news from the previous month and notice of what’s ahead! One to three volunteers would stuff, stamp and seal approximately 300 envelopes for mailing. This opportunity could be done offsite.
- May 14-18, timing flexible
Back to School Drive
Our annual Back to School drive is here!
Imagine showing up for school on the first day and not having what you need to succeed - no backpack, folders, or pens. This lack of supplies creates an immediate barrier to your success. How exactly are you expected to take notes or manage your paperwork?
That is the reality for many of the youth in our program. You can make a difference for our students! At the beginning of last school year, Carlos, age 15, came by the center to pick up his new backpack filled with all the supplies he needed. His face broke into a giant smile. “This is my first new backpack ever. Thank you!” he exclaimed.
We are currently collecting items that the youth need to support their academic success. Please join us!
Donations can be dropped off at New Pathways for Youth in July. Please contact Mary Beth Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a donation drop off.
Supplies needed are:
- Blue and/or black pens
- #2 pencils
- Three ring binders