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New Pathways For Youth Purchases Nearly 11,000 Square-Foot Building In Downtown Phoenix
New Pathways for Youth, a 30-year old non-profit dedicated to interrupting chronic poverty in the lives of our community’s most at-risk-youth announced the purchase of a nearly 11,000-square-foot building at 901 E. Jefferson in downtown Phoenix.
Youth, mentors, donors, partners, staff and community leaders gathered last week to kick off the $1.2 million, 10-month renovation of the building with an official wall breaking ceremony. The building was formerly home to One Medical, an urgent care facility.
“This is perhaps the most important milestone in New Pathways’ history,” said Christy McClendon, President & CEO of NPFY. “With the help of our community of support, our mentors, staff, donors and champions, we are stepping into the next chapter of our story, doing our part to change young lives, inspire new outcomes, teach new lessons, create new memories, and transform our community.”
The new space will allow NPFY to meet the expansion goals set by the NPFY Board and leadership over a two-year evaluation and exploration period focused on the organization’s primary accelerators to increased growth.
Expansion goals include reaching and serving more youth by recruiting 1,500 total mentors by 2024 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.
“Our youth experience four times the adversity of other youth,” says NPFY Board Chair Jennifer Murray. “At NPFY, we know that youth who receive intervention during difficult times carve a different path through life. This building represents the next chapter in the ‘transformation’ that New Pathways has witnessed and provided to our youth, their families and communities for more than 30 years.”
The new building will feature 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.
Renovation partners are, BCA, Norris Design, DPR Construction, Hensel Phelps, McCarthy, and Sundt.