New Pathways for Youth (NPFY), a 30-year old nonprofit dedicated to interrupting chronic poverty in the lives of our community’s most at-risk-youth, has announced the next milestone in its 30-year history. Five local philanthropic partners have invested in the organization’s Capital Program Expansion, a strategic plan that looks to double impact and footprint over the next five years. The partners include Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, BHHS Legacy Foundation, Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and Thunderbirds Charities.

“We are honored that these long-respected Arizona institutions are investing in our future and the future of our youth,” says Christy McClendon, New Pathways for Youth CEO. “Their investment in our vision personifies the type of impact and transformation that is possible with our community of support.”

In a move to develop and build the organization for the future, NPFY staff and board of directors developed an expansion goal of $5.7 MIL to reach and serve more youth by recruiting 1,500 total mentors over the next five years and increasing personal development, life skills and 1:1 mentoring programs.  Plans will double staff by adding more focused skill sets including coaching and development for mentors, case management and curriculum development. 

“New Pathways for Youth has an outstanding formula of mentor training and building long-term relationships between mentors and mentees. They help at-risk youth move on to college or the workplace. Their work in this community is vital and we’re pleased to support them in expanding their reach to more Valley neighborhoods,” said Carol Peden Schilling, trustee chair, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. 

NPFY has raised $3.9 MIL towards their $5.7 MIL goal for the Capital Expansion Project, which kicked off with the purchase and renovation of a nearly 11,000-square-foot building at 901 E. Jefferson in downtown Phoenix.  The new building features a 100-person course room, 25 and 20-person smaller workshop rooms, case planning rooms, community gathering room and kitchen, staff and leadership office space and conference rooms and an outdoor recreation space and courtyard.