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2017 Annual Cross Fund Scholarship Recipients

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMThe names of this year’s 5 Cross Fund scholarship recipients are: Madeline Luoma, Goddess Coleman, Franklin Robinson, Destini Jones, and Kenya Smith. Kudos to all! Well deserved! To read a brief bio of each honoree, scroll down past the photo gallery, below.

Cross Family Scholar Bios

Kenya Smith: Kenya came to New Pathways with a high school diploma from Randallstown High School. While at New Pathways, Kenya completed the Career Workshop and held an internship with the University of Maryland Radiology Department. Currently, Kenya is enrolled in a General Studies course at CCBC and plans to transfer to Morgan University to complete a degree in Engineering. She is also employed full-time as an assistant manager at a Baltimore fast food restaurant. Kenya has been a terrific role model to her peers while in the program She is great at budgeting and saving money and graduates with a significant amount of escrow in her account in addition to her monetary Cross Family scholarship. All this has helped pave the way for a safe and self-sufficient future for Kenya.

Franklin Robinson: Franklin will age out of our ILP program in October. While enrolled at New Pathways, Franklin eagerly took advantage of our many course offerings including: the Career Workshop, parenting classes, Adult/Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED. He held an internship with the University of Maryland Medical Center where he put his newly acquired knowledge to good use. Franklin is currently enrolled in our Warehouse logistics program where he is learning to operate a forklift and attain another certification. He previously earned a certification in Security when he graduated from the Security Guard Statewide Protective Services Program. Currently, Franklin holds a full-time job as a security guard. We applaud his success so far, his hard work, and his willingness to try new things.

Madeline Luoma: Madeline transitioned from our Second Generation program to our NICHAC program before aging out. While at New Pathways, Madeline completed the Career Workshop course and parenting classes. She also got her certification as a CNA/GNA. While enrolled in the program, Madeline world hard and maintained high marks. As a result, Madeline passed her board exams with flying colors and is now a full-time CNA/GNA with Genesis Healthcare. Madeline and her baby daughter recently moved into their own apartment in Severn, Maryland. She also bought her first car and is “very excited about becoming fully independent.”

Goddess Coleman: Bio not available at time of publication. Will update article upon receipt.

Destini Jones: Destini came to New Pathways as a student attending Harbor School High School, from which she subsequently graduated. While at New Pathways, Destini completed our Career Workshop and obtained a wide range of employment experience including internships at Future Care and Sister 2 Sister and employment at McDonald’s, Sears, Safeway, Building Leaders for Life, and GMBC where she currently works full-time while attending community college to further her education. On her life’s journey, Destini has doggedly navigated roadblocks and overcome obstacles, all of which is a testimony to her commitment to personal success. She is saving to her money in the hopes of owning her own home one day.


NP Unveils New Pathway to Success Board Game & Teaching Tool

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMClinical Services Manager, Keyandra Brisco, requested a supplementary teaching tool to instruct our young clients about the responsibilities and privileges, opportunities and challenges associated with our independent living and other programs at NP. And boy, did the communications team deliver! In addition to a one-page handout, which can be included in the NP handbook, the team created an interactive board game called Pathway to Success, complete with game board, spinner, game pieces, instructions, customized playing cards, and discussion questions. All in its own colorful box. Look out Milton Bradley! Both the game and handout can be used in the classroom setting as well as in orientation meetings and informal sessions.


Career Development Series for Teens

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMBeginning this month at the Rosedale Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL), New Pathways, in partnership with BCPL, will offer a series geared towards teenagers on job preparation and career development. Topics include setting personal goals, interview techniques, how to get and retain a job and becoming a good employee. The series is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: Rosedale datelines.


MOED Grant Helps Expand New Pathways’ Program Offerings

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMThe grant awarded to New Pathways (NP) by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) enables NP to expand its program offerings to reach new, eligible young adults in search of job opportunities and career development. With this grant – and in partnership with Pressley Ridge and CCBC – NP will offer certification in warehouse logistics including the necessary training, education and support required. This is a tremendous opportunity for NP as well as Baltimore City youth. Classes begin in November of this year. For more information or to apply, visit our “Training and Employment Opportunities” page “Current Opportunities” in our website navigation.


Grand Opening: New Pathways’ New Community & Training Center

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMOver 100 special guests enjoyed tours of our vibrant new community center, good food, a special proclamation by Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, and the awarding of the Cross Family Fund scholarships to 5 New Pathways graduates, nominated by their peers. Re-live the happy event and/or take a virtual tour of our exciting new space by viewing the photo gallery, below.


New Initiative: Hillendale Community Needs Assessment

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMTaking a leadership position in workforce and community development, New Pathways is conducting a comprehensive and exhaustive community needs assessment for the Hillendale area under the skillful direction of Bridget Blount, New Pathways’ Manager of Evaluation and Quality Improvement. The study, launched earlier this spring, is expected to be completed by the end of summer, 2016. The assessment will include: focus groups, surveys and interviews with community and civic leaders as well as elected officials, disconnected youth (ages 16-24), business leaders, educators, and potential partners. Upon completion, New Pathways expects to have a very clear picture of the chronic and emerging economic and social needs of the young adult population we serve in this community. The results of the study will be used to develop additional programs and incorporate them into the rostrum of courses and services offered at New Pathways. The ultimate goal is to meet the critical needs of the youth of this community in relation to workforce training and career development services.


New Pathways’ Executive Director, Mark Mittelman, on WYPR’s ‘Midday’ with Sheila Kast

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMOn Wednesday, 12/16/15, executive director, Mark Mittelman appeared on the wildly popular local national public radio show, Midday to discuss the important issue of America’s disconnected youth with host, Sheilah Kast. In the course of the very compelling hour interview, Mark shed much needed light on the issue, its causes, those who are affected by it, and how New Pathways helps this young demographic in profound and dramatic ways. Accompanying Mark on the show was New Pathways alum, Jamal, who told an inspiring story. To listen, click here now.


Upcoming Career Fairs and Classes:

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMSept. 9, 2015: National Career Fair, North Baltimore Plaza Hotel; 2004 Greenspring Drive; Timonium, MD. Transportation provided. Free iPad Giveaway at Fair!

Sept. 16, 2015: Baltimore Career Fair. Transportation provided. Call New Pathways for more details.

Comings & Goings:

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMHappy Anniversary to: Aaron Milton, Transition Team Coordinator, 1 year; Walter Wright, Youth Support Counselor, 5 years; Yolanda Kennard, Youth Support Counselor, 10 years! Congratulations on your milestone achievements and thanks to all our staff for their dedicated service.

Special Thanks to: Outgoing New Pathways Board Chair, David Brainerd on his dedicated service to New Pathways during his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Welcome New Staff: New Career Coach, Sarah Turner; Admissions Coordinator, Christine Powers; Career Coach, Maurice Bueno; and Transition Team Coordinator, Kim Gresham.

Welcome New Partner: VSP, a department of Sinai Hospital. Learn more about VSP, here.


Expanding Our Programs & Partnerships

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMNew Partnership: Catapult Learning Services
New Pathways has further expanded its programs and partnerships in a concerted effort to serve the many needs of Maryland’s disconnected youth. To that end, New Pathways Executive Director, Mark Mittelman, announced an exciting new partnership with Catapult Learning Services through which New Pathways will provide pre-employment services, essential skills, internships, and job placement to over 90 youth in the greater Baltimore County area who are completing their GED through Catapult. The project will be led by JoshHarrold, New Pathways Career Development Director. Funding for this project was provided through a contract with the Baltimore County Workforce Board.

Update on YMCA/Baltimore County Schools Partnership

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMHomeless Youth Services: In an update on the funding from the Baltimore County Department of Planning to serve homeless youth in East Baltimore, New Pathways – in partnership with the YMCA and Baltimore County Schools – will provide wraparound services that will support and stabilize 30 homeless high school students and their families. New Pathways’ goal is to follow the students from summer internships at the Y and throughout the school year, providing them with case management, academic and vocational planning, and connection to housing and employment for their families.

The Total Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

These two initiatives, in conjunction with our existing CNA/GNA program in collaboration with MCAT add up to significant impact and greater opportunities for Maryland’s disconnected youth.


Baltimore County Department of Planning Awards New Pathways $40,000 Grant

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMExecutive Director, Mark Mittelman announced that New Pathways was a successful recipient of a $40,000.00 Baltimore County department of Planning Grant Award focused on public service needs. The project to be funded, Ensuring the Success of Homeless Youth, will work to provide wraparound and vocational preparation services for homeless Baltimore County students in five targeted eastern Baltimore County high schools. New Pathways will work in in partnership with the YMCA Dundalk on this exciting new venture to help disconnected homeless youth.


Josh Harold Awarded Workforce Development Professional Credential

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMJosh Harold, New Pathways’ Director of Career Development, was awarded the Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.”Josh Harold exemplifies the degree of professionalism and commitment to excellence that America needs if it is to continue to enjoy a world-class workforce,” said NAWDP Executive Director, Bridget Brown. Congratulations to Josh. His commitment to helping Maryland’s disconnected youth find a pathway to successful adulthood is evident every day.


New Pathways Receives $150,000.00 EARN Maryland Grant

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.25.32 PMExecutive Director, Mark Mittelman, announced that New Pathways is the successful recipient of a $150,000.00 EARN Maryland Solicitation Implementation Grant Award from the Maryland State Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The project funded, Healthcare Mentorship Baltimore, partners with Marinade Center for Adult Training (MCAT) in collaboration with established hospitals and health care providers. The goal of the project is to develop suitable pathways into the healthcare field for disconnected youth. Foster care youth between the ages of 18-24, as well as those with homeless histories or those disconnected to work or school due to economic issues are eligible to apply.