Summer 2016 Newsletter

Pathways: New Pathways for Youth

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It's Summer. Now's when the fun really begins.

Summer is upon us and what better time than now to dive into something cool…our Summer Programs, that is! Transformations don’t have to stop at the sounding of the last school bell. At New Pathways for Youth, Summer is a chance to build a bridge to the next school year, grow one’s skills and cultivate new relationships vital to breaking the cycle of disadvantage.

For decades, it’s been no secret to childhood educators the importance of summer learning for young people. A major study from a few years back put that importance into a number: 1 month.

On average, students begin a school year one month behind where they were at the end of the previous year when they don’t participate in a summer enrichment program.

That same study made an even more alarming discovery. Learning loss, it found, “disproportionately affects low-income students.” And over time, the cumulative impact of learning loss increases this disparity, exponentially. At New Pathways, 9 in 10 youth in our programs come from extreme poverty and, indeed, have few opportunities when it comes to summer learning. Youth from the Garfield neighborhood who attend our After School Program Summer Session would not otherwise participate in any summer program.

Because New Pathways for Youth eliminates barriers of expense and transportation, we’re closing the opportunity gap for these young boys and girls, men and women, and ensuring that valuable learning never goes to waste.

This summer’s programs are already off to a flying start! Each week of programming comes with a theme. In June we had Earth Week, College Week, Career Week and Media Week. In July we’re looking forward to Sport Week, S.T.E.M. Week and our favorite, Best of the Best Week!

In addition, New Pathways is excited, this summer, to welcome community groups and volunteers who are providing special enrichment sessions. Our friends from Core CrossFit, Girl Circle and Girl Scouts of America are all offering up their time and expertise to bring our youth weekly experiences they’ll never forget!

Together, we’re making a big impact on our community and feeding young minds hungry to learn!

Want to have an incredible
summer with us?

Angelina Bravo and the rest of our friends at SRP are committed to the future of the Valley. New Pathways for Youth is proud to partner with them to bring opportunities to our youth and our community. We sat down with Angelina to find out what inspires her to #TransformPHX

So, Angelina, how did you first hear about New Pathways for Youth?

I heard about New Pathways for Youth through a colleague of mine, here at SRP. He had gone through the mentoring program and thought it would be a great fit for me. I then looked into it a little more and knew it was something I’d love to be a part of.

What has been your most meaningful experience as a mentor?

The most meaningful experience I have had as a mentor would be having SRP surprise us mentors with our youth on National Thank Your Mentor Day. Being surprised in the middle of day, and hearing our youth’s emotional words as they were being interviewed was so absolutely touching!

In what ways does SRP support your volunteerism?

SRP is a wonderful supporter of New Pathways for Youth! From having access to others who have mentored, to encouraging volunteerism every step of the way including offering opportunities of volunteering with our youth.

What would you tell someone considering becoming a mentor?

Becoming a mentor brings great perspective, and learning. I have been so fortunate to have had mentors by chance growing up, and realizing that I wouldn’t be in the position I am without their brain to pick, ear to listen, and push in the right direction. That alone encouraged me to become that for someone else. Becoming someone my youth can depend on and look forward to spending time together has truly been a rewarding experience!

Want to build a partnership that will transform Phoenix?

Help us fill our volunteer gap at any one of these upcoming activities and projects! Get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Summer Program

Host a celebration, card/craft-making for caregivers of after school program youth.

Number of Volunteers:


Time Commitment:
2–3 hours

Summer Program Field Trips

Chaperone field trips, ensure safety, and fun.

Number of Volunteers:


Time Commitment:
2–4 hours

Got a few hours to spare?

Gardening with the
After School Program

Get your green thumb on alongside youth as we plant, maintain and harvest our community garden. Teach kids about gardening, plant life cycles and the importance of making fresh produce part of our diet.

Number of Volunteers:


Time Commitment:
2 hours

Got a few hours to spare?

Stay tuned for more exciting things to come from New Pathways for Youth!