New Pathways for Youth Joins Forces with Nonprofit Coalition to Champion Arizona’s Young People

New Pathways for Youth, a leading non-profit dedicated to empowering Arizona’s youth, is proud to announce its participation in the Nonprofit Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC). This collaborative group of passionate organizations unites to amplify the voices of youth and families while working with legislators to advocate for critical support systems.

“At New Pathways for Youth, we believe every young person deserves the opportunity to thrive,” said Karen D. Johnson, PhD, President and CEO of New Pathways for Youth. “Joining NYAC allows us to join forces with like-minded organizations, strengthening our collective voice and impact on the issues that matter most to our youth.”

The Urgent Need for Action:

  • Arizona ranks 39th in the nation for children’s well-being.
  • Youth face a mental health crisis, poverty rates exceeding national averages, and declining academic performance.
  • Caregivers struggle with unemployment and lack of childcare options.

Out-of-School and Youth Programs: A Powerful Solution

NYAC recognizes the transformative power of out-of-school and youth programs. These programs:

  • Provide safe and welcoming spaces for children of all ages.
  • Boost self-confidence, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Support working caregivers, offering peace of mind and childcare solutions.
  • Help youth excel academically, connect with mentors, and explore career paths.
  • Equip them with life skills and pave the way for high school graduation and future success.

New Pathways for Youth’s Impact:

Through its innovative programs, New Pathways for Youth has demonstrably:

  • Connected youth with caring mentors and critical resources.
  • Exposed them to potential careers and equipped them with essential life skills.
  • Contributed to higher high school graduation rates.

Collective Advocacy for Change:

By joining NYAC, New Pathways for Youth amplifies its impact and joins a force advocating for:

  • Increased funding for afterschool and youth programs.
  • Expanded access to mental health resources and support services.
  • Targeted resources to address poverty and academic achievement gaps.
  • Comprehensive childcare solutions for working families.
  • Together, NYAC member organizations will champion policies and programs that empower Arizona’s youth to reach their full potential.

Nonprofit Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) Member Organizations

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence promotes accessible, high-quality expanded learning opportunities for children and youth by focusing on professional development, advocacy, and capacity-building in the out-of-school-time community.

Aspiring Youth Academy offers entrepreneurship and financial education and leadership opportunities for teens throughout Maricopa County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Child Crisis Arizona provides children and youth a safe environment, free from abuse and neglect while creating strong and successful families.

Free Arts transforms children’s trauma to resilience through the arts.

Gabriel’s Angels enhances the social and emotional development of vulnerable children through the life-changing power of pet therapy.

Homeless Youth Connection eliminates barriers to graduation for homeless youth and creates lasting solutions for a successful future through community support and increased awareness.

ICAN offers free, high-quality out-of-school-time programs that promote character development, career exposure, and academic performance.

New Pathways for Youth transforms the lives of youth by providing the support, stability, and skills they need to flourish in the community and in their families.

one-n-ten provides empowering social and service programs for LGBT youth and young adults that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development, and healthy life choices.

Read Better, Be Better connects young readers and youth leaders to inspire a love of literacy and learning.

Rosie’s House uses achievement in music to bridge achievement in life supporting youth through lessons, mentorship and meals helping youth reach their full potential.

Xico connects arts experiences with youth who do not have ready access, providing them with valuable creative and cultural knowledge.

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