New Initiative: Hillendale Community Needs Assessment
Taking 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
On 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:
Sept. 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:
Happy 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
New 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
Homeless 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
Executive 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
Josh 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
Executive 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.