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Dear Friends and Supporters,                    

          The summer is blazing by! It seems to be the fastest-moving time of year. NYEP continues to facilitate the Washoe County Youth Advisory Board. The next county meeting is August 8th and the next State YAB meeting is August 13th. On July 23rd, NYEP hosted Sparks Councilmen Ed Lawson and Christopher Dahir to provide an opportunity for them to talk with youth who were formerly homeless and overcame their situation, as well as youth who are still somewhat system-reliant, and youth who are totally system-reliant.

          Recently, we had some professional photos taken for some new marketing materials you'll start seeing around soon. Keep an eye out!

          We continue to be so grateful for the community members like Margaret Finel, Sarah Scattini-Goles, and Bob Lissner, who donate their personal time to us consistently to compliment our program and the young women's lives here at NYEP. Margaret and Sarah push our residents out of their comfort zones in the kitchen and Bob's focus on business math, Sketchup, and career mentoring is just what some of the girls needed to get into higher paying jobs. We also appreciate Roz Reynolds, who is throwing a fundraiser for us on her birthday, August 16th!

         As the summer winds down, we have a few exciting things to look forward to. On August 3rd, we're heading to Wild Island for some fun in the sun! On August 29th, NYEP is presenting its housing model at the National Independent Living Conference in Florida. This is a big deal and we are honored to have been invited. To cap the summer off, our very own Housing Manager, Jeanine, is getting married! We hope your summer has been as exciting and productive as ours has been.

Thank you for reading and for being a part of our family.
          
Sincerely,
Monica DuPea
Executive Director

   

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NYEP girls are constantly working on improving their lives and we love to recognize their accomplishments. Last month:
  • Imani got a job as a CNA and has enrolled in nursing school to continue her education!
  • Viretta has been learning to weld at the Generator twice a week with Bob Lissner!
  • Britney is learning lapidary from local jewelry maker, Jill Atkins!
  • Our girls are volunteering -- Briley at SPCA shelter, Joanie at SPCA Thrift Store, Nikki at The Discovery, and Britney at The Note-Ables. Every NYEP resident volunteers at an individual site of her choosing during her program. We also volunteer as a group at least once a month! We're proud to include civic engagement as part of our Community Living Program and so proud of our girls for being excellent volunteers.
Way to go, ladies!
  • On July 14th, Margaret and Sarah from RE/MAX tand NYEP residents prepared a watermelon salad, chicken, and a lemon cake. 
  • July 16th was Family Night! We had a lot of fun watching the new Jumanji movie with The Rock and Jack Black. We also made salmon tacos with mango salsa, street corn salad, and a fun, jungle-themed popcorn and candy mix.
  • On July 20th, Bob Lissner took three NYEP residents to teach a skills class to the residents to Safe Embrace. Viretta taught welding, Britney taught how to safely handle a snake, and Susan taught how to operate a string trimmer, mower, and leaf blower. Teaching others builds greater understanding of the subject matter and increases self-esteem. All three residents came home with smiles on their faces. 
  • Ruth from Planned Parenthood visited the CLP again on July 22nd to teach a class on Dating Violence. We appreciate other agencies coming in to share their expertise with our residents. This is an especially important topic and one that is not discussed frequently enough with youth.
  • On July 26th, Dr. Bachman visited the CLP for her monthly health class. July's class covered feminine health. Dr. Bachman has presented on this issue several times because our residents have so many questions about it. August's class with cover another very important topic: Sleep Hygiene.
  • Bob Lissner continues to spend his Sunday mornings with the residents. This month, he taught business math as well as how to use lawn tools, and the 3D design software, Sketchup. 
  • In July, NYEP residents prepared 14 group meals and attended 4 Problem Solving Groups, 4 Calendar Meetings, 4 Open Art Days, 3 Self-Defense Classes, and 4 yoga classes. 
Here are some photos from our adventures!


Salmon taco spread for Family Night


Delicious citrus marinated salmon


Britney loads up her tortilla


Full plate with street corn salad


Movie time!


This was seriously good. Send us your popcorn snack mix recipes!


Britney operates a cabbing machine under the watchful eye of Jill Atkins
This Month: Here's What's Happening This Month. Events where you might catch us and also events that we believe are worthwhile or just plain entertaining.

Youth Job and Career Expo at American Job Center  August 1st

On August 1st, NYEP will be attending the Youth Job and Career Expo at American Job Center. We will be bringing several of our residents who are seeking employment as well as doing outreach for our program in hopes of connecting with youth in need of our services. This is sure to be a great event, featuring employers offering jobs paying above minimum wage, mock interviews, resume writing classes and more! We hope to see you there!
 


Summer Family Trip  August 3rd

For our family trip this year, we're going all the way to Sparks for an island vacation -- Wild Island, that is. Just like for any family, a week-long summer trip is not in the cards every single year. This year, we're inviting all residents and graduates to join us for a day of fun in the sun at Wild Island. Not too much sun, though, as we've rented a swanky cabana to catch some shade in between trips down the water slides. We're excited to blow off some steam as the summer winds down and our residents have to start thinking about heading back to school. This event will take the place of Family Night this month.

RE/MAX Cooking Class  August 4th

This month, we will be cooking Australian cuisine!

Love Notes Class  Wednesdays, beginning August 7th

Relationships are important. Whether romantic, platonic or professional, relationships make the world go 'round, and yet, young people are rarely taught how to navigate them properly. Love Notes aims to teach youth how to create and maintain positive, give-and-take relationships that enrich their lives through group activities, multimedia presentations, and worksheets. 

Dr. Bachman August 26th

August's topic is sleep hygiene. Watch the camera recordings at the CLP and you'll see some residents walking around the house, opening the fridge, doing laundry and watching television at all hours. These same residents are awoken at 8am every morning to start their day. How effective are you in your daily responsibilities when you haven't slept? Youth need more sleep than they are getting, and there are myriad reasons why they are staying up into the wee hours. Dr. Bachman will present information on good sleep hygiene and tips for what to do when The Sandman won't come. 

Hands-On Class with Bob Lissner  Sundays

Bob's Sunday Hands-On Class continues through August. This is such a fun and informational class that teaches our residents important life skills that women are rarely taught. Bob has also offered his help in many other ways, from teaching residents to drive, to helping them find internship sites and jobs. Bob is awesome. 

 
 

         At NYEP, we recognize that the needs of parentless youth are many and varied, and our programming reflects that knowledge. It's hard to know what goes on at NYEP without being here to see it happen, but we want to share more with you! That's why we shine a spotlight on a different aspect of our Community Living Program on social media and our blog each month. 

           For the month of August, we are focusing on Calendar Keeping and Time Management. All NYEP residents maintain a personal online calendar through Google. Common calendar items include school, work, volunteering, medical appointments, group meals, and other NYEP events. At NYEP, a calendar is a contract. Residents agree and are expected to do what is on their calendars each day. Every Saturday, residents participate in Calendar Meeting, where they evaluate themselves on how they managed their time the previous week and add important events to their calendars while identifying possible scheduling conflicts for the next two weeks. At NYEP, we believe that an organized calendar leads to a happy life, and creating happy lives is our passion!

          Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog for pics, memes and blog posts from the perspectives of both staff and residents throughout the month of July. You can also catch up on last month's spotlight: Self-Expression Through Art.

 
 
This is Reno
by Nikki W.
Age 20
 
This is Reno
A place where the lights shine bright
To disguise the fact that a homeless man died on the streets last night
But this is Reno, huh?
A place where we ignore the cries and pleas of those who need help to feed their families
But this is Reno, huh?
A place where we turn the other cheek
To the homeless who are just begging for a bite to eat
But this is Reno, huh?
Where running politicians smile in your face just to win a race
But once they win, they look over you
Until they run another race again
But this is Reno, huh?
A place where young girls have to do something strange for a piece of change
In order to afford food or whatever they need for the next day
But this is Reno, huh?
A place where addicts are passed out on the streets
And get rushed to the ER because they overdosed on methamphetamine
But this is Reno, huh?
A place where college students struggle to pay rent
Because their job only pays 10 dollars and 50 cents
But this is Reno, huh?
A place that caters to the masses
But the masses have money
And those below the upper classes
Have to work hard on their hands and knees
Wishing for a day when they can be a part of the masses
And do whatever they please
But this is Reno, huh?
A place where turning to the bottle is easier than asking for help
Cause those who say they are willing to help hit you with the
"Hi, you've reached my voicemail, sorry..."
But this is Reno, huh?
A place where no one is going to turn off their life blinders to see how living really is
Because we see the world as we are and not as it is
So let's flash those lights and put on a smile
And say WELCOME TO RENO to the people passing by
"Hello, it's me, Nikki. This is my poem titled This is Reno. I wrote this poem because it's all of the things I have been seeing since I moved here to Reno. I have even seen things that I'm not really used to seeing back home on the East Coast. A lot of the stuff I see here breaks my heart and makes me wish that we could do something more to change it, but like the late Doctor Seuss once said; 'Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, things will not get better. It simply will not.'"

- Nikki
Photo Story
by Joanie M.
Age 18

A few Sundays ago, Bob brought a snake to class. At first, I was terrified to hold the snake, but as soon as I saw everybody else touch it, I was no longer as scared and I finally let it on my arm. I found out it was not that bad and I became happy I could finally hold it.
 

 
Joanie has lived at NYEP for three months. She enjoys volunteering at the SPCA Thrift Store and is currently working at Walmart.

We get a lot of requests for needs lists, so here is a list of things that would make life at NYEP easier right now!
 

Vehicle for Client Transport -  The NYEP Jeep is officially down for the count. We love to travel away from the house as a group, whether it's to enjoy an evening on the town or attend a group volunteer event, and lately we're having to utilize Uber quite frequnetly in combination with small staff vehicles. We dream of the day when we can fit all of our residents in one vehicle. If you have a vehicle to donate or would like to make a monetary donation toward the purchase of a vehicle, please call (775)747-2073. 

Token Incentives
  At the CLP, we operate on a points, or "token," system. To some, a points system at a young adult independent living program may sound odd or like it is meant for kids, but we believe it helps us teach older youth the realities of adult life - namely, we do what we have to do so that we can do what we want to do. Our residents earn points for all of the positive and productive things they do while at NYEP and then cash them in for privileges and wanted items such as bus passes, phone payments, gift cards, special items, outings, and extended curfews. If you would like to support the token system by donating gift cards, movie passes, bus passes, or monthly memberships, please contact Jeanine at (775)200-4030.

Handyperson - NYEP is in need of a volunteer handyperson to address small issues at our CLP and affordable housing location, both in the University area. If you're handy, have your own tools, and can volunteer 1-2 days per week, please contact Monica at (775)240-2195.

NYEP is more than just a home — it’s a family. We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for everything you have done and will do in the future. It means so much to us.

Thanks For Your Consideration!

NYEP has bed openings! If you know a female youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who is parentless, homeless, or otherwise unsupported and is ready to change her life permanently through direct action in a structured environment, please direct her to NYEP.

          For inquiries about bed openings, please call Jeanine at (775)200-4030. 

There are so many people and organizations to thank each and every month for their support. This month, all of us at NYEP would like to thank the following:
Laif Meidell
Lumos Engineering
Ticor Title
Julia Ratti
Marilyn York
Dave Grunenwald
RRC/CRS
Washoe Women's Golf Club
EDAWN
Bob Lissner
REC
Amazon
1-Closet


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