Our Roots Run Deep

In 1995, a local grantor funded the purchase of the first NPFY Headquarters at 10th St. and Pierce St. This building allowed NPFY to establish its roots in Downtown Phoenix and begin building the framework on which we operate today. We were able to match dozens of youth with stable, caring mentors and provide resources […]

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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month – a time to celebrate the significant contributions the first Americans have made and continue to make to the establishment and growth of the United States. At New Pathways for Youth, we’d like to invite our matches and community members to find a few ways to celebrate throughout […]

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Statement of Support for Proposition 308

Karen D. Johnson, Ph.D. | President & CEO, New Pathways for Youth New Pathways for Youth supports the passage of Proposition 308. As a fundamental principle of fairness, students who graduate from Arizona high schools should be eligible for in-state tuition rates at Arizona colleges. These students are the future workforce for our state, and […]

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New Pathways Adds Fred Amador and Mindy Gordon to Board of Directors

New Pathways for Youth is delighted to add Fred Amador and Mindy Gordon to its Board of Directors as the youth-serving nonprofit continues to expand. While New Pathways for Youth has been guiding young people facing adversity in the greater Phoenix area for nearly 35 years, it is now aiming to sizably increase the number […]

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Karen’s Blog: Your Right to Vote

By Dr. Karen D. Johnson My favorite President has always been Abraham Lincoln. When I lived in Chicago, I gave tours of the Lincoln exhibit at the history museum, visited his home and museum in Springfield, and read all the books about him I could find. He had a lot of great quotes, but one […]

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NPFY Resource Portal

Navigating life requires a lot of skills that aren’t taught in school. Things like applying for FAFSA, writing a resume and filling out a job application aren’t easy tasks, yet they’re something everyone is expected to do. Mentors and youth also deal with complex emotional situations that they often aren’t prepared for. For example, how […]

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NPFY Book Review: This is Your Brain on Food

In her book, This is Your Brain on Food, Dr. Uma Naidoo explores the relationship between food, the gut microbiome and the brain. Naidoo stresses the importance of a balanced, nutritious diet as a supplement to healthy living. This book is organized in chapters relating to common health challenges, like depression or insomnia, and provides […]

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Let’s Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month. We celebrate to recognize the achievement and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have inspired others to achieve success.¬† Here are some of our ideas for celebrating over the next 30 days. To Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month, visit hispanichertagemonth.gov. Pick from a variety […]

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Youth Start Out School Year With New Backpacks

For many,¬† heading to the store toward the end of summer break and picking up their new school supplies is a warm, sentimental memory. There was something about new pencils, notebooks, backpacks and the like that brought excitement for the year ahead and confidence to take on new challenges. For many of the teens in […]

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Seeing the Future in the Eyes of Our Youth

Written by CEO, Dr. Karen Johnson¬†— My mentee, Xavier, and I had the privilege of participating in the summer workforce development program with DPR Construction. My youth has always been interested in working in construction. He loves to build things, and he worked with his uncles building bikes and remodeling cars. He loves working with […]

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