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Dear Friends and Supporters,                    

          I want to open this newsletter with an enormous and heartfelt "THANK YOU" to this community. It was such a disappointment to have to cancel our 7th annual Fall Harvest Festival due to bad weather, but it was amazing to see and feel the love this community has for us. Having never canceled before, we were unsure what to do or expect. With over 30 cakes on our hands that were donated for the Cake Walk, we put on our first ever online cake auction and raised over $1,000. Thank you to all who bought a cake and were so patient with us while we navigated this unfamiliar territory. There was more to canceling than just offloading a few dozen cakes, and it was definitely overwhelming, but you all pulled together and refunded monies, agreed to move reservations and permits, donated online, and sent checks in to help us recoup costs and proceeds lost. Thank you all so much. We hope that the weather cooperates next year to allow us to provide you with our best Fall Harvest Festival yet.

          Last month, NYEP became the newest host of a Lexie's Gift clothing closet. Barbie Marcoe is transforming one of our bedrooms into a beautiful and cozy clothing boutique and has turned our downstairs closet into a coat and boot closet. Many new residents enter the program without proper clothing or footwear for things like job interviews or cold weather. Our previous clothing closet, populated with items donated by the community, occasionally saved the day for a resident or two, but something more consistent was needed. Barbie is carefully selecting clothing, shoes and accessories that are properly sized and styled to meet our residents' needs and help them feel good about how they are presenting themselves. Lexie's Gift has also become our newest volunteer partner! One of our residents is now volunteering with Barbie to maintain our closet as well as other Lexie's Gift closets in the community. 

          Recently, all NYEP staff and residents took the Clifton Strengths Assessment and met individually with Gallup Strengths Coach, Alissa Nourse to talk about what our unique combinations of strengths mean for us. It was fun to get to know more about ourselves and it feels good to start focusing on what we're already good at. Next, we'll meet with Alissa as a group to talk about how we can get stronger together. Thanks to Marilyn York for sponsoring this for NYEP.

          One of NYEP's greatest wishes has been granted by Grace Nichols! We finally got a new vehicle! Grace donated a Chevy Tahoe that can seat 8 residents plus the driver. This vehicle has already been a tremendous help to us. Thank you, Grace!


          Thanks also to Nevada Women's Fund for their generous $25,000 grant, and to Thank You Ma'am for guiding a $17,000 stock transfer to NYEP. 

          Finally, we are seeking a Thanksgiving Day sponsor. If you would like to sponsor our holiday festivities for $500, please contact us.

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.
  • Nikki has reached her markers for success and is ready to graduate the CLP! She will be moving to our affordable housing site, Sonder House, in November.
  • Susan is also ready to spread her wings and fly to Sonder House!
  • Stormy passed her first HiSET exam and is ready to take the rest. She will have earned her high school equivalency in no time!
  • Our girls are volunteering -- Zariah at SPCA shelter and Lexie's Closet, Joanie at SPCA Thrift Store, Emily at Head Start, Shania at Hopes, 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!
  • September 17th was Family Night! We ordered pizza and watched What Men Want. Sometimes it's nice to keep it simple. 
  • On September 28th, the planned date for Fall Harvest Festival, NYEP hosted its first ever online cake auction on Facebook. It was fun to watch everyone bidding on cakes to support us and great to see everyone's faces when they came to pick up their purchases. That said, we hope we never have to do it again because actually having the Fall Harvest Festival is a lot more fun.
  • On September 30th, all residents and staff met with Alissa Nourse to discuss the results of our Clifton Strength Assessments.
  • Bob Lissner continues to spend his Sunday mornings with the residents. We appreciate Bob's willingness to share his knowledge with our residents and teach them things women rarely get to learn. 
  • In September, NYEP residents prepared 10 group meals and attended 3 Problem Solving Groups,45 Calendar Meetings, 3 Open Art Days, 2 Self-Defense Classes, and 2 yoga classes. 
Here are some photos from our adventures!


Beautiful cakes donated for the Cake Walk and bid on in our cake auction


Stormy getting silly with the cakes


Make no bones about it; Britney is excited for Halloween


Don't get caught in her web


Or you may end up a permanent fixture at the spookiest house on the block!
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.


Washoe County Youth Thrive Event   October 9th

NYEP will help out with this event by providing valuable information to its attendees - foster youth, ages 13-18. Monica will present information on the Youth Advisory Board and Jeanine will teach a class on Relationships and Boundaries
 

20th Century Women in Philanthropy   October 10th

Monica and Jeanine were invited to join Zonta Club's table for this event. We hope to learn a lot!

Cooking Class with RE/MAX  October 13th

Unforeseen circumstances caused the cancellation of last month's class, but this remains the most consistent and longest running volunteer-led class at NYEP! In October, we will be making Asian food.

Family Night  October 17th

It's time to get spooked! Every October, we spend Family Night clinging to each other for dear life as we navigate the Slaughterhouse haunted house at Greater Nevada Field.

Barktoberfest at Summit Mall — October 19th from 11-4

NYEP will have a table at this event and will be doing face painting. Several of our residents trained for months to do face painting for Fall Harvest Festival and they are excited to be able to show off their skills. Bring your kids and pooches for a great time, and make sure you stop by the NYEP table! RSVP to this event on Facebook, so we know to look for you!


Hands-On Class with Bob Lissner  Sundays

Bob's Sunday Hands-On Class continues through October. 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 October, we're focusing on Cooking Using a Meal Plan. NYEP residents are responsible for most of their own daily meals. This results in a lot of granola bars grabbed, Hot Pockets nuked in the microwave, dinners hastily slapped together, and Uber Eats ordered. Such is the life and diet of a busy young person. But, three times per week, our residents sit down to a meal that was carefully planned and prepared by another NYEP resident. Every week, each of three residents selects a day and time cook, chooses a recipe, places items on a grocery list, ensures that her items are properly stored until needed, cooks and serves a complete, nutritious meal to her housemates, and completes and turns in a Meal Packet. Residents are given an opportunity to asses how they did on planning, preparing and serving their meal, as well as to receive feedback from other residents. Our goal is for every NYEP graduate to have the knowledge and ability to provide herself and her family with delicious, healthy meals that she can be proud of.

          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 October. You can also catch up on last month's spotlight: Self Defense.

 
 
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by Zariah C.
Age 19


 
Zariah has been a resident of NYEP for just over a month. She is an avid volunteer and is looking forward to starting a medical certificate program in the spring. Her ultimate goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner. 
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(ballpoint pen on paper)

by Stormy H.
Age 18
 


 
Stormy is NYEP's newest resident. Since coming to NYEP less than 30 days ago, she has wowed her teachers at NNLC and already passed the reading portion of her HiSET. She is looking forward to earning her high school equivalency and plans to enter the TMCC Emergency Medical Technician program in the spring.

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!
 

Thanksgiving Sponsor ($500) - At NYEP, we're proud to celebrate day-of holidays with our residents and provide traditional family meals. If you are able to help us make this year's Thanksgiving dinner happen, please contact Monica at (775)240-2195.

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:
Rosalyn Reynolds
NVEnergy
Mutual of Omaha
Candi Peek
Evolution Petroleum
Marilyn York
Mark Sullivan
Bonnie Baca
Marietta Steward
The Reno Community


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