GARDEN PATHWAYS INC

Building Community from the Inside Out

Bakersfield, CA   |  www.gardenpathways.org

Mission

Garden Pathways transforms lives from the inside out through loving, mentoring relationships.

Ruling year info

1998

President/CEO

Ms. Karen Goh

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Juan Avila

Main address

1616 29th Street

Bakersfield, CA 93301 USA

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Formerly known as

The Bakersfield Garden Community Enhancement Project, Inc.

EIN

77-0442212

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Garden Pathways aims to address the future impact of chronic trauma and stress on children, youth and adults through comprehensive mentoring and case management. Chronic trauma and stress, if left untreated can lead to future health issues, substance abuse, mental health needs, negative and risky behaviors, violence, and crime. The research consistently shows that the best approach to mitigating the impact of trauma on someone's life is to connect them to a positive adult role-model...for Garden Pathways this is mentoring.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Comprehensive Mentoring Services

Comprehensive Mentoring Services connects people seeking a fresh start with caring mentors who guide and encourage. Through the power of relationship, young people and adults find lasting freedom from poverty and at-risk conditions as they discover dignity and self worth, take responsibility for their choices, and develop life skills. Participants include families in welfare-to-work and child protective services programs, families and youth impacted by gang violence and abuse, emancipating and emancipated foster youth, pregnant and parenting youth, ex-offenders, and other at-risk individuals. Long-term relationships and comprehensive mentoring services offer hope and a safe place for renewal of heart and spirit as participants transition to self sufficiency. Family to Family Mentoring has been selected by the University of Southern California and the California Council of Churches as a ""promising practice — a program that breaks new ground and exemplifies the power of collaboration in leveraging the capacity of faith-based organizations to serve the state's poor.""

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center nurtures comprehensive readiness for success in school and life in a loving environment. In their formative first years, children at our preschool and infant care develop increasing competence in all areas: intellectual, physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and artistic. The family-centered program mentors children to grow as responsible members of a caring community of lifelong learners — emerging in their ability to make positive choices of character, values, behavior, and health. Opportunities for rich experiences in many art forms encourage creative expression. (CA Child Care Center License #153801972, 153801710)

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Garden Pathways Arts Mentoring guides youth to artistic, educational, and personal growth. The initiative infuses arts instruction with life skills and the broadening of healthy perspectives of options and opportunities. Garden Pathways Performing Arts was honored with the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce's "Beautiful Bakersfield Award."

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Promising Practice 2001

University of Southern California and the California Council of Churches

Beautiful Bakersfield Award 2007

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Garden Pathways is to connect people seeking a fresh start with caring mentors who guide and encourage. Participants include families transitioning from welfare and child protective services programs, families and youth impacted by gang violence and abuse, ex-offenders, emancipating/emancipated foster youth, pregnant/parenting youth, and other at-risk individuals. Through the power of relationship, young people and adults find lasting freedom from poverty and at-risk conditions as they discover dignity and self-worth, take responsibility for their choices, and develop life skills.

The programs of Garden Pathways provide a wide range of life-building services to the Kern County community, including comprehensive mentoring, licensed child care for infants and preschool children, and arts mentoring. These divers programs lead families to educational advancement, employment, family stability, self-sufficiency, healthy living, and improved quality of life.

Garden Pathways goals are to mitigate the effects of past trauma in the children, youth, and adults served, improve public safety, reduce recidivism, and provide opportunities for economic mobility for the most marginalized in our community.

While a number of opportunities for youth mentoring are offered in our community, Garden Pathways is the only established provider of comprehensive adult and family mentoring services.

Garden Pathways' strategies foster the healing process in participants to enable them to become healthy, productive community members growing in education, employment, leadership, and advocacy. Outcomes include: safe homes and communities, increased access to medical care, increased opportunities for education and meaningful employment.

Garden Pathways programs provide: (1) neighborhood clean-up and outreach, (2) a safe and trustworthy environment, (3) trauma-informed individual and group mentoring, (4) youth academic and social support, (5) employment preparation, and (5) mentoring through the arts.

Garden Pathways has learned that the barriers most difficult to overcome are the internal effects of experienced trauma and stress, not only external factors. Many programs focus on training, employment, or community advocacy which can surface new stressors and miss the need for the individual to first heal emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Garden Pathways continues to build on its prior work of creating caring, encouraging, and trusting relationships that lead to the internal and external transformation of the participant.

Garden Pathways program components include:
1. Community outreach
2. Transformative education and skills enhancement;
3. Youth interventions for at-risk youth;
4. Engage in supportive relationship, assessment, and referral.
5. Trauma-informed approach group mentoring to address the root causes of trauma and stress;
6. Job readiness;
7. In partnership with WESTEC, certificate training for industrial work
8. Enrichment activities
9. Community service and restorative justice activities
10. One-on-one and group mentoring

Since 1998, Garden Pathways has been the program selected by the County of Kern to provide both family mentoring and youth mentoring services for its Department of Human Services clients.

Garden Pathways has provided mentoring and education services for over 17 years. Garden Pathways currently operates one federal and two county-funded mentoring projects, all of which have significant numbers of at-risk youth and adults. In 2014, Garden Pathways (staff and over 200 volunteer mentors) provided services to over 4,300 participants: 1,582 adults, 559 youth and children with over 237,000 hours of direct services.

Garden Pathways received State Corrections Department Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP) funds from 2002-2004, to provide post-release job search training.

In 2011, Garden Pathways received private funds to create a 52-week Batterer Intervention Program titled Breaking The Cycle for court-ordered male offenders.68% of offenders completed the 52-week pilot program − nearly double the national average.

Garden Pathways developed a partnership with WESTEC in 2012, providing participants with opportunities to earn certificates to work in oil, agriculture, and general industry. Over 500 individuals per year are served through this collaboration.

Youth mentoring projects consistently exceed contract performance measures. The youth mentoring program has resulted in 76% of youth completing the skills enhancement/ transformative education workshop, 85% continuing with one-on-one or group mentoring, 48% improving their grade point average, 40% improving attendance, and 93% displaying greater confidence as reported by survey of teachers, counselors, mentors, and parents. Currently, though a partnership with The California Endowment, Garden Pathways is developing a framework for a trauma-informed approach for young men in South Kern that will begin the healing process and enable them to become healthy, productive community members growing in education, employment, leadership, and advocacy.

In October 2013, Garden Pathways implemented the 34th Street Neighborhood Transformation project to address the root causes of crime, unemployment, poverty, and lack of education in that community by inspiring hope and dealing with the internal effects of repeated trauma, extended stress, and negative influence. The process is initiated through outreach and cleanup teams that develop trusted relationships with the residents while beautifying their neighborhoods. Since the project started, the outreach and cleanup teams have connected with over 1,000 residents and collected over 33 tons of trash. A partnership with Kern Adult Literacy Council provides participants with literacy and GED services. Garden Pathways approach to neighborhood transformation “Building Community from the Inside Out" can be replicated to other communities of high need.

Garden Pathways is on target or exceeding all of the indicators listed. Historically we have met or exceeded the performances measures for our funders.

Financials

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GARDEN PATHWAYS INC

Board of directors
as of 6/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Beckie Diltz

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Term: 2019 - 2021

Shannon Grove

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Jay Richmond

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Connie Wattenbarger

Community Volunteer

Beckie Diltz

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Raymond Watson

4th District Supervisor, County of Kern

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data