To empower youth to fulfill their potential through mentoring, life skills development and community.
New Pathways for Youth connects high-risk youth ages 13 to 21 with caring and dedicated adult mentors to help them reach their greatest possible potential. We ground our mentoring practices in evidence-based curriculum that focuses on social and emotional learning. The curriculum involves intentional programs through which youth, with the support of their mentors, acquire and effectively apply knowledge, attitudes and skills.
New Pathways for Youth has transformed the lives of nearly 6,500 youth through the development of core social, emotional and academic skills with the help of committed volunteers and community support.
I have volunteered with PYAR for over 2 years now. I have never met a group of people so dedicated to this amazing cause. I am so honored to be able to actively participate and mentor a young man through life and I always say that I get more out of this experience.
When all the mentors get together it is overwhelming to see how a community can come together for the youth in this city.
There is such a demand for mentoring and the rewards are endless.
I would highly recommend Phoenix Youth at Risk (PYAR) to anyone and everyone. My first experience volunteering and mentoring with PYAR was back in 2008. I can honestly say it changed my life in the most positive ways. What this program does for teenagers is amazing. They learn wonderful life tools, a sense of community, a higher self-esteem, and much more. And the great part is, so do you as the adult volunteering. I use the tools I learned every day in my relationships. And I think they are so useful and efficient that I have implemented many of the ideas into the company that my husband and I run. If you want to really make a difference in a young person’s life, and also your own, there is no better place to do so than PYAR. I have gone through the program twice and also joined a continuing program that they offer. I am still in contact with both of the girls I mentored. I am so proud of them and also proud to be a part of PYAR.
I am currently serving as a mentor for the second time. I became involved with Phoenix Youth at Risk in March, 2010 and knew from the start that I had found a second family. Throughout the past year, I have found that being a mentor has helped me grow in ways I never realized were possible. It has even helped me achieve closer relationships with my own children. The youth in this program have come to us, determined to make major lifestyle changes, and that determination cannot help but encourage the adults who serve as their mentors to reach toward loftier goals in our own lives. The changes that I saw in the youth from the beginning to the end of the first program I volunteered for were remarkable and inspiring and I have already witnessed growth and greatness from the youth in the current program. Whatever impact I have had on the youth of this program has returned to me tenfold and I am a better person for knowing them and being a part of their lives.
It's the best gift you can give yourself.
After being assured that I was not too old at age 78, I agreed to a 10 month commitment to be a Mentor for Youth at Risk. I not only discovered that I was not too old; but, I rediscovered MY youth; and my 10 month commitment is now in its fourth year.
Having successfully mentored two youth, I am still committed to the program and am now in the role of being a Coach to the Mentors. But, I must admit that my role as a Mentor for the youth was by far the most rewarding. I have a continuing relationship, built on mutual trust and unconditional love, with both of my "Mentees". My first youth not only turned his life around, but is now taking an active role in the program as a Grad Youth supporting the Leadership Team. Knowing that I can contribute to making that kind of difference in a youth's life, I will continue to be involved in this "most rewarding thing I have ever done" program, in whatever role I can best serve.