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Dear Friends and Supporters,                    

          Over the past eleven years we have been providing young women from the Northern Nevada community with free parenting, residential programming, resources and mentoring to ensure they finish high school, get good paying jobs and make homes of their own. These young women come from broken or abusive homes and our organization is a haven for them whenever they need it.
 
          Our work is only made possible through the generous funding we have received from members of our community and the citizens of Washoe County like you. This year we are specifically seeking donations for a new affordable housing complex. We have already received a $350,000 match grant from Jacobs Entertainment for this innovative 9-unit intergenerational development. We are using “sea cans” and total cost per door is $77,000. Each unit comes furnished, complete with bathroom, kitchen and washer/dryer.
 
          As a former youth yourself, I’m sure you can remember the extreme importance of being able to afford to leave home when you were ready. With the area’s lack of housing, when young women are ready to graduate NYEP’s program, they cannot find affordable housing. We need your support in raising $350,000 to fund our housing complex. This development will be the first of its kind in the area where 5 NYEP graduates will share the site with 4 senior citizens, referred by Reno Housing Authority.
 
          Any support will be highly appreciated by us and the young women and seniors who will benefit from this affordable housing, as well as by our community, who would otherwise bear the burden of these insufficiently housed individuals. You can email our Board President at Marilyn@MarilynYork.net and she will call you to discuss a charitable gift. You can also contact me, Monica DuPea at 775-240-2195 or monica.nyep@gmail.com.

          We are also thrilled to announce that NYEP was recently awarded a grant to build a Youth Advisory Board for Washoe County who will advise policy around foster care. If you are currently in care, or are a former foster youth, please join us, www.facebook.com/wcyab/.

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:
  • Susan began a Certified Medical Assisting internship to gain experience so she can obtain a paid position.*
  • Nikki got a job at RE/MAX with our wonderful friends on the FaB Team!
  • Wynona's volunteer position at SPCA turned into a paid job! Wynona's willingness to do whatever needed to be done at the shelter and her compassion for animals landed her the job. 
  • Alexis is in her last 30 days of the program and is graduating on June 1st! She will be moving to Sonder, our current affordable housing site for graduates. 
  • Our girls are volunteering -- 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!

*If you know of any medical offices looking to hire a hardworking CMA, please let us know!
  • On April 14th, we swapped the usual, complicated cuisine for a relaxed night of pizza and cookies with Margaret from the RE/MAX FaB team. We'll get back to honing our culinary skills in May.
  • Kacey Maher continued her Street Law class on April 1st and 15th.
  • On April 18th, the NYEP crew lent a hand (or 20) to the Washoe County Women and Children's Center of the Sierras for their fundraising event, the True Colors jewelry and accessory sale at the Atlantis. They assisted with event setup and sold jewelry and raffle tickets.
  • On April 24th, we ordered pizza and played games for Family Night. We needed something a little more low-key after March's roller skating outing. Much less ankle-twisting!
  • On April 27th and 28th, Brycon Corporation took over the CLP to complete several needed projects around the house, including painting, electrical work, and refinishing outdoor decks. Thank you, Brycon!
  • Bob's Hands-On classes continued each Sunday in April. One Sunday, he brought over baby chicks!!!
  • In April, NYEP residents prepared 11 group meals and attended 3 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!


Baking cookies with Margaret


Jas and Susan working a jewelry table to benefit WACCS


Viretta and Nikki


Britney and Emily, looking very fancy


Tad'e with the raffle tickets


Tad'e prepared some classic soul food for her group meal.


Playing Would You Rather on Family Night


Thank you, Brycon!!!


Britney's spaghetti group meal


Two cute chicks
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.

Sex Trafficking and Internet/Social Media Safety  May 9th

Planned Parenthood offers a wide array of educational classes for the community. This will be their first time delivering a class at the CLP. We are looking forward to learning from them!

Street Law w/ Kacey  May 13th

Kacey Maher's innovative Street Law class continues in May with a break for Memorial Day. While we hope our residents' future involvement with the justice system will be limited and largely positive, we want to make sure they are prepared if they do ever find themselves with legal trouble. Kacey's class teaches them their legal rights and responsibilities and nuances of the law.  

RE/MAX Cooking Class  May 19th

Brazilian food is on the menu! We're excited to try some new flavors!

May 20th Dr. Bachman

Dr. Bachman's class has recently been focused on female sexual health. There is a lot of interest in this topic from residents as many of them missed out on this education from their parents and schools. Teaching our residents to care for themselves as women is a big part of how we empower them to become independent in all ways. 

Family Night — May 21st

We will use May's Family Night to honor and celebrate soon-to-be NYEP graduate, Alexis! She'll move to our affordable housing site on June 1st. We're so proud of her!

Intergenerational Site Cleanup — TBD

In late May, we will head over to the 4th St. lot, where our intergenerational affordable housing site will be built, with our trash grabbers and bags to get things ready for the next phase!

Hands-On Class with Bob Lissner  Sundays

Bob's Sunday Hands-On Class continues through May. 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 May, we are focusing on Money Awareness and Management. Financial literacy is such an important part of being a successful, independent, and happy adult. One must know how to budget, plan, pay bills, track expenses, save, and monitor accounts. At NYEP, we require residents to monitor and share their bank balances weekly. We also teach mindfulness, budgeting and saving on an individual basis.

        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 April. You can also catch up on last month's spotlight: House/Family Meeting!
 
 
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by Alexis H. (age 20)
 
The time soon comes for parting
And our time is at an end
The rest of our life is starting




And we knew someday I'd have to go
But I thought we had more time
We can't reverse time's one-way flow
But at least you'll have this rhyme

 
"I wrote this keeping in mind that I have come to another stage in my life. A stage I never thought would come because I couldn’t see my future. This has taught me that there will always be results in the end and things don’t stay the same forever. I am graduating NYEP and am leaving not just with material items that have accumulated in my room but with an affirmation with myself that I have done everything to get to this point and my new becoming will get me farther."
- Alexis
"The Fight for Her Life"
by Emily G.
Age 18


          
     
"Hi, my name is Emily, and I moved into NYEP a little over a month ago. I drew this when I first moved into NYEP. I felt as if I was fighting for my future. When I moved in, I was unaware of where my life was going and it was frightening. Because a lot of my family isn't involved, I would've had no where else to go. I've found my new family here at NYEP."
- Emily

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!
 

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.
       
Newer, Larger Vehicle for Client Transport - 
Our current agency vehicle is breaking down and is not large enough to transport our growing gaggle of NYEP girls. 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, so we manage with a combination of our old Jeep and small staff vehicles, sometimes making two trips each way. We dream of the day when we can fit all of our residents in one vehicle, but anything that starts every time would be an improvement! 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.

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!

 For the first time since we were permitted by the city to open all 15 of our CLP beds, we have over 75% enrollment and see 100% on the horizon! 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:
Brycon
Curative Grace
Lumos Engineering
Alpine Survey
Sanjay Lillaney
Northern Nevada Best Places to Work
Bob Lissner
Nancy Hamilton
Marilyn York
City of Reno – Councilwoman Duerr
Zonta Club of Reno
Silver Dollar Court
Evolution Petroleum
The Lefebvres
The Pardons


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