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Dear Friends and Supporters,

          I hope this newsletter finds you and your family healthy and happy as we all settle into our "new normal." Things are certainly starting to level out at NYEP. We've changed a lot about how we do things, but the reasons behind what we do - and the outcomes - remain the same.     

          We still have a strong focus on community engagement and volunteerism. While we are no longer able to send our residents out into the community on individual volunteer assignments, we have still found ways to give back. Currently, we do a weekly river cleanup alongside the Karma Box Project. Each resident also continues to make 20 face masks per week. 

          We are still focused on skill building and career readiness. In partnership with Bob Lissner, we have started a weekly coding training. A few girls who are interested and have shown aptitude have been working on coding for 10 hours per week and complete assignments to practice application. 

          We still move our bodies. Although we can no longer have our in-person self-defense and yoga classes, we have found ways to stay active and healthy, from hiking and swimming, to yoga videos and volleyball. Much of this happens during our weekly Family Day, which you can learn more about in our "Spotlight" below.
   
          We are still delivering social and emotional skills training, but now do so virtually to allow for distancing. Almost all of NYEP's weekly assignments have now gone digital, which has served a dual function in teaching residents technical skills that they previously lacked. 

          It's been difficult, but we are adapting. The area we are still struggling with is funding. COVID has had an impact on how people donate. It has also prevented us from putting on our biggest fundraiser of the year, The Fall Harvest Festival, which normally takes place at the end of September. We need operating funds. That is, money to pay our staff and our household expenses.

          Staff accountability is what pushes our residents through the difficult and uncomfortable times. As much as we’d like to believe that change will manifest through external resources, we have found that is not true. Daily interaction and accountability are the keys to older youth outcomes. If you are interested in giving to a high performing program that produces results, and/or if you have enjoyed our Fall Harvest Festival in previous years, please consider donating to NYEP. If you'd like to learn more before donating, please contact, me for a tour.          
 
Thank you for reading and for being a part of our family,

Monica DuPea
Executive Director

   

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  • We are doing a river cleanup with Karma Box Project every Tuesday!
  • It's Family Day with Nina EVERY SUNDAY! Activities vary and often involve our friend and newest board member, Margaret Finel.
  • 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. 
  • Roz Reynolds is conducting weekly Zoom meetings on Mondays, as well as individual sessions. Roz's group sessions center around communication and problem solving.
  • On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Cindy engages residents with games and growth mindset assignments via Zoom.
  • On Wednesdays, NYEP residents do yoga in their rooms with Facebook videos provided by local yoga instructor, Jen Haddix.
  • On Sundays, residents meet with Monica for a house meeting and personal assignments. 
 
Here are some photos from our adventures


River cleanup day with Grant


Grant and Britney, working hard


Flexin'


The Cleaning Crew!


The river is also great for swimming.


Britney and Margaret, hangin' loose


We'll swim any time, anywhere!


On the 5 mile Hole in the Wall hike with Margaret


It was hot out!


A healthy group meal after a long day of physical activity


Delicious fruit salsa!


Volleyball in the park


A goofball in the park
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 — September 1st and 8th

We are jumping back into Youth Advisory Board meetings after being on hiatus since January, with the Washoe County YAB meeting on September 1st and the Nevada State YAB meeting on September 8th.

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. 

Communication/Problem Solving with Roz — Mondays via Zoom

Residents learn how to better communicate and solve problems with housemates and other important people in their lives.  

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.

Zoom Meetings with Cindy — Tuesdays and Thursdays

COVID-19 has meant less in-person interaction between staff and residents, but face time is integral to our residents' success. Cindy gets her time in twice a week on Zoom. One day is reserved for games, while the other is for growth mindset work. 

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

Read about it in the Spotlight below!

 
 

      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. 

        Historically, September's spotlight has focused on Self Defense. Unfortunately, there is no social distancing when you have someone in a choke hold, so classes have been postponed for the time being. Instead, this month's spotlight is on Family Day. Previously a monthly activity, Family Day now occurs weekly. Activities range from hiking and swimming to playing games and watching horror movies. The point is that we are all together. 

          While it might seem like just an excuse to let loose and have fun, Family Day was established at NYEP to help us create community. Being part of a community means being a part of something greater than ourselves. It is both gratifying and unifying. When our residents feel that they are part of a community, they feel better about themselves and are more likely to act in the best interest of the group as a whole, rather than doing what only benefits them. Whether it is washing a dish that isn't theirs, or being a shoulder to cry on for a roommate, our residents are more helpful to each other when they have opportunities to connect and bond. They also become proud of their involvement in the program and want to share it with their friends and family. 

        When we go home after Family Day and see a Facebook post from one of our residents with a group picture and a caption reading "Swimming in the river with my girls!" we know we're doing something right. 
 
 
Cumulonimbus
by Angel T.
Age 18
 
Imagine drifting through the sky
Up where airplanes fly

No longer wishing things just might
Turn out alright 

Being on your own with no cares at all
Watching all the kids below play dodgeball 

Seeing all the cars travel through town
And being so far up you can’t hear a sound
 
Causing a storm when you’re feeling blue
And having no one to witness it other than you 

Forming hurricanes and floating in the sky
Without anyone around to see your demise

To see the world from up above
Instead of walking through it without any love 

Oh, what a wonderful life it would be
To be a cloud instead of just me
"I wrote this poem because I have been overwhelmed with starting college and working and doing the programming at NYEP. I have often thought about how much more peaceful things would be if I could just be a Cumulonimbus Cloud. To float through life without any obligations other than making it rain. How nice it would be to be anything other than me. Thinking about this helps me escape for a few minutes so that when I come back to reality I’m no longer mentally drained. I have a lot of energy and stamina but I’m still working on distributing it to the right places."  - Angel
Untitled (ink on paper)
Submitted by Sky R.
Age 21
 
"I like watching movies because it helps me escape the daily stress and often has a lesson to teach" - Sky 

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.

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:
Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors
Grant Denton
Teresa Walkerley
Mary Stoltz
Bob Lissner
The Berrys
Mark Simons
Reno Engineering
Mark Sullivan
Lifestyle Homes
Wyld Women
Rosalyn Reynolds
Curtis Brothers
David and Mollie
Cheryl and John
Marilyn York
Courtney Young


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