Why Mentoring Matters: How A Phoenix Teen Went From Smoking Pot and Flunking School To Find Success
Find your wings and you will fly. That’s a version of what kids are told at Phoenix based New Pathways for Youth. More specifically, they are told to figure out which wing is the strong one and which wing is the weak one. That way, they stay airborne.
It’s a concept that helped 16 year old Catalina turn her life around. The teen was hesitant about joining the intensive, “all-in” mentoring program — at first. She was suspicious and closed hearted. Mainly because her life, to this point, had been very chaotic.
Catalina paints a picture of a badly broken home with a father who put alcohol above everything else. “It’s only him and alcohol. That’s all he worked for — alcohol.”