Life really is all about relationships—creating them, nourishing them and best of all, enjoying them. It’s through relationships that we’re able to achieve our best selves.
New Pathways for Youth serves youth whose needs go far beyond simple assistance, companionship, confidence building, and minor academic or career guidance. For our youth, environmental circumstances (poverty, gangs, substance abuse, violence, etc.) have resulted in problematic and disruptive attitudes and behaviors. Therefore, we employ a kind of mentoring that requires very different considerations such as time commitment, mentor skill sets and training needs, mentor recruitment, and match support strategies.
Our Transformative Mentoring elements include:
- 1-1 mentoring matches: Youth ages 9-21 are matched with an adult mentor based on youth’s interests and skills and the mentor’s experiences, skills, and interests.
- Youth Centered Developmental Approach: Youth and mentors establish and achieve a mutually agreed upon set of goals, including the overarching program goal of becoming a productive member of our communities through college and career readiness.
- Structured Workshops: Through planning and curriculum development by staff, mentees, and mentors engage together in workshops targeting the youth’s social, emotional and academic learning skills.
- Support for Bonding and Emotional Connection: Enrichment activities and service learning projects are provided by the program staff that help facilitate conversations.
- Ongoing Training and Support: Ongoing training is provided to mentors to enhance skills, knowledge, and abilities in serving high risk youth and building relationship with youth.