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Dear Friends and Supporters,                    

          HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are into a new decade and could not be more excited about what is to come for NYEP. Last year marked one dozen years since NYEP opened its doors and we are so proud of what we have been able to accomplish in that time.

          In 2019, we hit a sweet spot with our community volunteers and gained several new deep engagement mentors for residents of the CLP. Personal Development Consultant, Teresa Walkerley continues to meet with residents weekly. Her approach is innovative and allows NYEP residents to be and love who they are now, while also striving to be better. Bob Lissner continues to mentor residents and help them work on things that build their knowledge base, skillset and self-esteem. Our newest Board Member, Val Olivas, has jumped in headfirst and begun helping residents do important things like earn their drivers' licenses. Several residents continue to reach out to Life Coach, Roz Reynolds for one-on-one meetings, goal planning, and advice. These individuals have already made a tremendous difference in our program and the lives of our staff and residents and have given us a clearer picture of how we can continue to use skilled volunteers to complement our programming. We are so grateful to them!

          We are also extremely grateful to those in the community who helped make our Christmas a joy and a success. To those who pulled Angel Tree ornaments or clicked a wish list link and sent or dropped off Christmas gifts, THANK YOU! As a token of our appreciation to all of you, we will soon be sending out an exclusive Christmas video so you can see just how much joy you brought to NYEP this Christmas.

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.
  • Stormy completed all of her prerequisites to enroll in the EMT program at TMCC!
  • Britney earned her Driver's Permit and Stormy earned her License! 
  • Recent NYEP graduate, Nikki completed her Phlebotoby certificate program at TMCC!
  • Our girls are volunteering -- Kaytie and Skye'ler at SPCA shelter, Joanie at SPCA Thrift Store, 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!
  • The last Cooking Class of 2019 was a potluck! On December 1st, instead of cooking a meal when Sarah and Margaret arrived, each resident prepared a dish ahead of time to show off her cooking skills! Enjoying a home cooked meal and laughing together was an awesome way to end the year.
  • On December 2nd, NYEP's Board President, Marilyn York, came to the CLP with supplies and pre-printed photos chosen by the residents to teach the them how to make Christmas shadow boxes. It was a super fun activity and they came out great!
  • Teresa Walkerley's weekly Creating Your Brand workshop continued on Wednesdays. The main focus has been on learning to respond rather than react, something few of our residents learned before coming to NYEP.
  • December 4th brought Cocktails for a Cause to Blind Dog Tavern. This was a guest bartending and silent auction event to benefit NYEP and we raised over $6,000 in one night! Special thanks to John and Helen Graham, Val Olivas, Afshan Syeda, Britton Griffith, Emily Reid, Michelle MacKay, and Rachel McIntyre.
  • On December 8th, Marilyn returned to the CLP with her mother to bake sugar and gingerbread cookies. Such a fun holiday activity. Thank you, Marilyn!
  • December 9th was NYEP's first Sip and See. This event brought several community members to NYEP for the first time and introduced us to some great people who we can't wait to work with!
  • On December 12th, our YAB meeting was a White Elephant Gift Exchange and pizza party. The fun brought lots of new faces who we hope will stick around for the work!
  • On December 14th, we volunteered with the Be a Santa to a Senior Program and spent the morning at the Washoe County Senior Center wrapping gifts for senior citizens. 
  • On December 19th, CLP resident Stormy walked in a small graduation for NNLC students who earned their High School Equivalency. It was an intimate ceremony, during which teachers were able to speak about their students. Stormy's teachers were impressed by her work ethic and the speed with which she completed her study modules and passed her tests. 
  • December 19th was also baking day. We tried some new recipes this year and they were delicious! The favorite was the hot chocolate cookies, complete with mini marshmallows. Everything was so tasty, there was nothing left on Christmas Day. Whoops!
  • December 25th brought another Christmas Day to the CLP. As in years past, our staff rushed around like little elves to make sure everything was ready for the big day. This year, our many generous donors made that easier than ever. Thanks to them, our residents received the gifts on their wish lists and enjoyed a great holiday meal, and our staff was able to come in on Christmas morning feeling a little more rested. It was a wonderful day filled with gratitude, joyfulness and love. We hope your Christmas was the same! Please see The Canvas below for one resident's account of her first Christmas at NYEP. 
  • 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 December, NYEP residents prepared 9 group meals and attended 2 Problem Solving Groups, 5 Calendar Meetings, 3 Open Art Days, 4 Self-Defense Classes, and 1 yoga class. 
Here are some photos from our adventures!


Making Christmas shadowboxes with Marilyn


They came out great and so personal.


Monica receives a donation of $6,000 for NYEP at Nevada RRC/CRS's Bowties and Heels Fashion Show.


Nina receives a donation dropped off to the CLP by United Federal Credit Union.


Our December group volunteer event - wrapping gifts for the Be a Santa to a Senior program


It's a crowded event and pulling up a piece of floor can be necessary to get the job done.


It takes concentration to make sure the right gifts get wrapped together and labelled correctly.


Helping others is its own reward.


Meeting Santa helps, too.


Congratulations to Stormy on completing her HiSET!


And to Nikki, for earning her Phlebotomy Skills Certificate from TMCC


Local artist, Shelli with All Lit Up donated her time and materials to help residents create one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments, many of which were given as gifts to loved ones. 


Our longtime friend and retired Hug HS art teacher also came by the art space last month for some ornament making. These ones are made of paper and look so cool!


Thanks to Brock Marquez for our tree this year!


Christmas morning at the CLP


Stocking time!


Sky opening a dress from her wish list


New Vans for Lexy


A lantern from Teresa


NYEP received a new set of knives.


And a Crock Pot!


Monica and Liliana <3


Some past and current residents with our Housing Manager, Jeanine, on Christmas Day. One of these girls graduated NYEP almost 10 years ago! Holidays help remind us that we are creating a forever family.


When you steal Jeanine's phone
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.


RE/MAX Cooking Class  January 5th

This month's cooking class will kick off Margaret Finel and Sarah Scattini-Goles' THIRD year conducting cooking classes at NYEP. They've already got 12 dates and themed menus set for 2020. We're kicking things off in 2020 with Good Luck Foods!

Creating Your Brand with Teresa  Wednesdays, beginning on January 1st

What better way to kick off the new year than with some self-improvement? There's much work left to be done in Teresa's workshop, but the girls are already starting to notice and appreciate their progress!

Youth Advisory Board Meeting — January 9th

We've really been getting the word out to local foster youth about the YAB. Last month's meeting had our highest attendance yet. We can't wait to see what we can accomplish in 2020.

Group Volunteer Event: TBD

Do you know of an event happening in January that could use a group of hardworking volunteers? If so, please send an email to Jeanine@NYEP.org.

Hands-On Class with Bob Lissner  Sundays

Bob's Sunday Hands-On Class continues through January. 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 each month.

          For the month of January, we are focusing on Youth Volunteer Engagement. We believe in giving back to the community that supports us and makes our program possible, which is one of the reasons why NYEP residents volunteer individually and as a group while they reside in the program. And, many NYEP graduates continue to volunteer after they have left the program. Volunteering builds character, employment and independent living skills, self worth, and a sense of community. We partner with several local organizations to give our residents the best volunteer experience possible. We expect NYEP girls to treat their volunteer position like a paid job. We create schedules, sign contracts, ask for job descriptions, and collect feedback. Our residents report feeling more ready for the work world after having volunteered through NYEP and some volunteer jobs have turned into paid jobs! 
 
 
Realizations
Submitted by Lexy U.
Age 18
          What I've realized so far since moving to NYEP is how much of an impact the people you hang out around affect you in both positive and negative ways. Since my arrival 3 weeks ago, I've discontinued two very important friendships in my life due to the influence their actions had on me; in return I've gained 7 more friendships with the other girls here at NYEP.
         
          Being here every day has given me the motivation I've needed for so long to push through the hard times and look forward to my goals and dreams, which are finally being put into effect due to the support from both the girls and staff. I care now more than ever about my future and I can honestly say that by hanging around other people with the same goals of success in mind, has helped me immensely.
"I chose to write about this because what I've experienced in 3 weeks between two friendships I had has really opened my eyes to yet another way to stay on track and discontinue relationships that do nothing but bring you down." 
- Lexy
Christmas at NYEP
by Zariah Caldwell
Age 19
 
          Christmas at NYEP is one to remember. It's a very exciting and special time for the girls here. For some, this might be their first real Christmas. Knowing that, staff makes sure that each girl, including the graduates, have a great time and that no one feels left out. It's drama free, fun, and easy going. There is no stress put on us and we feel like we belong. Coming from past Christmases where I didn't even get to come out of my room, to a Christmas where I felt included and like I belonged for once was a great feeling. 

          Before now, I really never cared for Christmas, nor understood the meaning. Christmas was foreign for me. I'm so grateful for this Christmas and how they went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our holidays. We are also grateful to all the donors who helped make our holiday special. We all work very hard to make sure every girl feels at home. NYEP is very family oriented with a lot of happy spirits brought out during Christmas. We all participate in creating one or two dishes for us all to enjoy. We all eat by 12pm so that if any girls do have families to go celebrate with, they will have time to. I myself did not, so I was happy to have that meal. We open our gifts from donors at 8am and the graduates open theirs at 10. Then we eat and enjoy each other's company. I couldn't ask for a better holiday whatsoever. 
 
"Experiencing my first Christmas at NYEP is just one way that being here has changed my views on what my life can be like. Before I came here, I was abused and neglected. I never thought my life could get better. Since being here, I have learned that there are people who care about me without even knowing me and it helps me care about myself more and want more for my life."
 
- Zariah

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!

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 currently has 3 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:
Maintenance Dave
Britton Griffith
Soroptimist International
Reno Rotary
Blind Dog Tavern/Rachel/Wandering Wyld
NV Energy Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Moffat Foundation
Pamela Robinson
Rosalyn Reynolds
Marilyn York
Dickson Commercial Group Management
Remax Pros
Heather Brown
Jeanette Berry
Linda Ward
Amy Adams
RRC/CRS


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