Dear Friends and Supporters,

          Time continues to pass strangely in 2020. Summer somehow felt as though it never began, and also as though it would never end. The temperatures are finally starting to drop and we're getting into the Fall spirit. We missed seeing all of your wonderful faces this year for the Fall Harvest Festival, but we've got a couple new events coming up that we hope you will join us for.

          First, for some family fun, The Law Offices of Marilyn D. York is hosting a Spooky Family Movie Night at the West Wind Drive-In on October 29th from 5:30-8pm. We will be screening the movie Monster House, and there will be a food truck onsite. All proceeds will go to NYEP! Click on the picture below for event information, or visit Eventbrite directly for tickets. 


          Next up, on November 1st, is our inaugural golf fundraiser, Halloween Holes for Housing. This event will be held at The Club at ArrowCreek and will include lunch, a raffle, tournament prizes, silent and live auctions, and an awards reception. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome. Don't miss this event! Register now! If you don't golf, but would still like to support and participate in the auction, you can register for the awards reception only at the link above. If you would like to donate auction or raffle items, please contact Marilyn York at


          We are currently looking for a Thanksgiving sponsor in the amount of $500 to cover the cost of food and decorations for baking day and our family meal. Please contact Monica at (775)200-4030 if you would like to help. Stay tuned for Christmas sponsorship info and wish lists!

          We are currently planning the 2021 Homeless Youth PIT Count. Keep an eye out in the coming months for information on how you can help. 

Thank you for reading and for being a part of our family,

Monica DuPea
Executive Director


  • September 1st was our first Washoe County YAB meeting since January. Grant Denton spoke to the group about urban geography and social issues in the downtown corridor and how it relates to youth. Nina Shapey spoke about the upcoming Homeless Youth Count and ways members can participate. 
  • On September 8th, we participated in the Nevada State YAB Conference call. Collaboration and cooperation will be the keys to affecting change in the foster care system.   
  • River cleanups continue each Tuesday, in partnership with the Karma Box Project.
  • Teresa Walkerley continues to deliver Creating Your Brand via Zoom on Wednesdays. She also provides one-on-one coaching sessions for residents who are interested. Our residents are so lucky to have her professional services and support. 
  • On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Cindy engages residents with games and growth mindset assignments, and group outings.
  • On Wednesdays, NYEP residents do yoga in their rooms with Facebook videos provided by local yoga instructor, Jen Haddix.
  • On September 20th, Marilyn York hosted NYEP residents for a pool party. What a great way to end the summer!
  • On September 28th, Chris Adgett of Scheel's visited the CLP to conduct mock interviews with residents and give helpful feedback. 
  • On Sundays, residents meet with Monica for a house meeting and personal assignments.
  • Sunday is also Family Day with Nina!
Here are some photos from our adventures

Two pigs and a unicorn visit a pumpkin patch...

Corn maze shenanigans

Art piece by Kyla

Game time!

Hunter Creek Trailhead

A beautiful hike to an even more beautiful waterfall

Cindy taught some of the girls how to make sushi!

River cleanup day
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 Advisory Board — October 6th and 13th

October's meeting will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth in and aged out of the foster care system. Costumes encouraged! We will participate in the State YAB conference call on October 13th. 

SAFF Podcast — October 23rd

The Sierra Association of Foster Families will be recording a podcast at the CLP, featuring NYEP residents discussing the topic of youth employment and what young people should know when job searching.

Lunafest Virtual Film Festival — October 23rd - 24th

Every October, NYEP attends Lunafest as guests of The Zonta Club of Greater Reno. The event is normally held in person at a local theater, with NYEP volunteering to create an art project and sell raffle tickets. This year, the event is virtual, with films being made available for screening for a 24-hour period. NYEP will gather to watch the films at the CLP and have a discussion afterward. As in previous years, the films look to be stimulating, thought-provoking portrayals of life for women. You can participate from the comfort of your home, as well. Purchase tickets here.

Spooky Family Movie Night — October 29th

Bring the whole family to the West Wind Drive-in to enjoy a screening of the computer animated film, Monster House, and some tasty food from Ray Michelle's Italian Food Truck. This is an outdoor, COVID-friendly event to give the kids some safe Halloween fun. All proceeds benefit NYEP! Visit our event page for more info.

River Cleanup with Karma Box Project — Tuesdays

NYEP residents team up with Grant Denton weekly for a river cleanup. Our efforts help to create a cleaner and more pleasant environment for both our housed and houseless neighbors. 

Self Care with Roz Reynolds — Mondays via Zoom

After a few weeks' hiatus, Roz Reynolds is back on Zoom and doling out valuable information and insight. October's classes will kick off with a focus on women's health issues.

Creating Your Brand with Teresa  Wednesdays via Zoom

Just because we're being socially distant doesn't mean we can't be self-aware. Teresa's workshops have transitioned seamlessly to the web. Teresa is also mentoring several residents one-on-one.

Games and activities with Cindy — Tuesdays and Thursdays

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Cindy engages residents with games, growth mindset activities, and group outings, either via Zoom or in person. 

House Meeting and Personal Assignments with Monica — Sunday Mornings

At House Meeting, residents share any house concerns, whether maintenance-related, or a privacy issue, to be addressed by staff. Afterward, Monica hands out personal assignments because there's always room for growth!

Family Day — Sunday

Our weekly Family Day is a chance for us to spend time having fun together. Whether we're hiking, cooking, playing games, or watching movies, we love the chance to unwind and bond with each other. 


          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 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.
Acrylic on canvas
by Kyla F.
Age 19

"Since the pandemic began, I've been spending even more time painting than usual. I've started to challenge myself with different mediums and techniques. This piece was a challenge due to its size. At 13" x 24", this is the largest piece I have ever painted. Although the painting is untitled, I have taken to calling her 'Sarah'. P.S. This painting is currently for sale. :)"  - Kyla

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!

Operating Funds - NYEP is in need of operating funds so that we can continue to deliver relationship-based programming with support from professional adults. Please consider making a donation to our high performing housing program and help a young woman break her cycle of poverty.

Thanksgiving Sponsor ($500) - Despite the pandemic and many events not being able to occur the way they normally would, we intend to provide our residents with a traditional family baking day and dinner for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please contact Monica at (775)240-2195 if you would like to help. 

Auction and Raffle Items - We are collecting items for our auctions and raffle for the Inaugural Halloween Holes for Housing Golf Tournament on November 1st. Please contact Marilyn at

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 call us at (775)747-2073.

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 is currently taking applications and moving in qualified applicants after a quarantine period. To inquire, please contact Monica at (775)240-2195.

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:
Mike Milligan 
Rebel Pioneer Bakery
Eaton/Drinkwater Law Office
Mark Simons
Mark Sullivan
Jeannette Berry
Heidi Hegerich
Great Strange Dream Fund
Rosalyn Reynolds
Zonta Club
David Mansfield
Marilyn York
Reno Engineering
Jacobs Entertainment
Lifestyle Homes
Cheryl Lewis

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