Dear Friends and Supporters,                    

          We are getting into our busy time of the year with our big annual fundraiser, the Fall Harvest Festival, coming up, and the holidays just around the corner. We're working hard to put together a great event for the community this year and we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event and bakers to bake cakes for the Cake Walk. Please click the links to sign up if you can help! If you're not much of a baker and can't be there the day of the event, but would still like to help out while also advertising your business, click here to sponsor one of our booths for $250. Another great way to help is to come enjoy the event! Every dollar spent on concessions and attractions goes to NYEP and the work we do every day. We hope to see you there!

          One week before Fall Harvest Festival, on September 21st, Big Horn Tavern and Make Your Momentum are hosting a golf tournament to benefit NYEP. There are lots of ways to help with this event. You can sign up to volunteer, sponsor a hole for $200, donate a raffle prize, or if you're a golfer, you can join the tournament - $125/person or $600/team. 100% of proceeds go to NYEP. Call (775)842-5850 for questions and make sure to grab a tasty meal at Bighorn Tavern! 

          Last month, on August 29th, I presented NYEP's replicable program at the National Independent Living Conference in Orlando, Florida. Next month, on October 9th, we will be helping Washoe County Social Services with with their Independent Living Conference. We'll be there with our girls all day and Jeanine will be teaching a Relationships and Boundaries class. We hope to connect with more foster youth and build the Youth Advisory Board. We love sharing our expertise in independent living and we think it would be great if everyone was an expert, so we'll keep sharing!

Thank you for reading and for being a part of our family.
Monica DuPea
Executive Director


NYEP girls are constantly working on improving their lives and we love to recognize their accomplishments. Last month:
  • Imani began working at Renown as a CNA and started nursing school at TMCC!
  • Nikki started her Phlebotomy program at TMCC!
  • Our girls are volunteering -- Zariah at SPCA shelter, Joanie at SPCA Thrift Store, Emily at Head Start, 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!
  • On August 1st, NYEP attended the Youth Job and Career Expo at American Job Center. We had a booth at the event and brought all of our residents with us to spread the word about NYEP and check out available opportunities in the community. Some of our residents got great job leads and we identified a few potential future residents. 
  • On August 3rd, we had a family day at Wild Island! We rented a cabana and enjoyed the Wave Pool, Lazy River, and water slides!
  • On August 4th, NYEP residents prepared Australian cuisine with Sara and Margaret from RE/MAX! They made fish and chips and threw some shrimp on the barbie.
  • On August 15th, Concilman Devon Reese visited and toured the CLP. We are happy to tour any city official or interested community member. Please contact us at (775)747-2073 to schedule a tour.
  • On August 16th, Roz Reynolds's birthday concert at Dallas Smith and Susan Mazer’s home raised $3,000 for NYEP!
  • On August 24th, the Reno City Council approved a $75,000 sewage abatement grant for our sister organization, Truckee Meadows Housing Solutions and its 10-unit housing complex.
  • Dr. Bachman visited the CLP on the 26th to talk about sleep hygiene. Our residents often report problems sleeping and they got some great ideas and tools from the class. This was Dr. Bachman's last time teaching a class at NYEP. We will miss her and so appreciate the time she spent with us. 
  • 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.
  • On August 31st, NYEP's Housing Manager, Jeanine, got married! All NYEP staff were in attendance and Cindy and Monica even served in the wedding party! We are a family at NYEP and we love supporting each other through important life events. 
  • In August, NYEP residents prepared 11 group meals and attended 3 Problem Solving Groups, 5 Calendar Meetings, 5 Open Art Days, 4 Self-Defense Classes, and 3 yoga classes. 
Here are some photos from our adventures!

Liliana, Jeanine and Cindy at Wild Island

Margaret from RE/MAX joined us!

Sara from RE/MAX in the kitchen with the NYEP girls!

Everyone's got a job to do.


...and chips!

Shrimp, fresh off the barbie!

A chocolate caramel pie with a shortbread crust

Nina and Liliana with Jeanine at her wedding

Fun in the photo booth with NYEP Board President, Marilyn York

Congratulations, Jeanine and Tyler!
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.

Cooking Class with RE/MAX  TBD

We're waiting to confirm the date, but this month, Sara and Margaret will teach our residents how to make Asian food!

Family Night  September 17th

We'll have a night in with movies, games, and a tasty meal. Every Family Night is a bonding experience for staff and residents (new and old) alike. 

Big Hunt Golf Tournament  September 21st

Big Horn Tavern and Make Your Momentum are hosting the inaugural Big Hunt Golf Tournament at Lakeridge Golf Course to benefit NYEP. That's right, ALL proceeds go to benefit NYEP! Please see the Letter from the Director above on how to participate. We hope to see you there!

Fall Harvest Festival  September 28th

It's that time of year again. The air gets a little more brisk, the leaves start to change, and you just get the urge for a little Fall fun. While the streets "Vibrate" downtown for our community's motorcycle enthusiasts, the family fun will be in full swing at Bartley Ranch. Enjoy fun games, tasty food, live performances, and activities for all ages. Admission is free and tickets for attractions are cheap, so bring the whole family! The NYEP residents (and several graduates) will be volunteering their time at this event. Be sure to click "Going" on our event page, so you don't miss it!

Face Painting Class Saturdays

Our residents are learning to face paint for the Fall Harvest Festival. This is Liliana's second year teaching face painting. Bring your kids to have their faces painted by an NYEP girl on the 28th! 

Hands-On Class with Bob Lissner  Sundays

Bob's Sunday Hands-On Class continues through September. 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 September, we are focusing on Self-Defense Class. NYEP residents get around town by bus, bike, foot, or ride-sharing service. All of these modes of transportation carry with them a greater risk of encountering a potential attacker than, say, driving a personal vehicle. NYEP staff have unfortunately heard several stories of our residents being grabbed at the bus stop or followed while walking or biking home. At best, situations like these can make young women feel extremely vulnerable, afraid, and not in control. At worst, they can put them in serious danger. For these reasons, NYEP has employed a Self-Defense instructor to teach weekly, onsite classes for more than ten years. In the comfort of their home, residents are able to learn techniques to deflect blows, escape holds and chokes, and get away from attackers safely. Residents who participate in Self-Defense Class on a regular basis report feeling stronger, safer, and more empowered. Many have reported using moves learned in class to escape threatening situations. It's no wonder that Self-Defense is our most loved class!

          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 September. You can also catch up on last month's spotlight: Time Management and Calendar Keeping.

Touched by the Devil
by Susan M.
Age 21

So young
So happy
So pure
So innocent
So full of energy
Until you came into
The dark of the night
Especially from someone who I thought was an angel
From an angel at day
To a devil at night
You always seemed to kill my vibe
You took my innocence away with a look
You took my joy away whenever you were around
You took away my purity with a touch
And ever since the darkness, I have been touched by the devil
Karma came around to hunt you down like a thief in the night
Karma is touching you in the dark of night by the devil himself
"I chose to write about my past because it's time others read about what I've been through and to know that they are not alone. There is hope. I got through it with the help of others, and I hope I can bring some light and some peace to others who are going through something similar."

- Susan
Polymer Clay
by Britney J.
Age 20

"My name is Britney. I'm 20 years old and I've lived at NYEP for about a year now. I enjoy art, I am very proud of my creativity, and it's a kind of therapy for me. 

I made a little creature from polymer clay and I named her Meep. I didn't make it for any particular reason - I was bored and just started playing with the clay and made a really cute creature. I don't know what it is, but to me she looks like some sort of emo unicorn with two horns, a purple mane, and a tail, with big, floppy ears, and big eyes
. I'm working on a partner for her, named Fleep.

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 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:
Nevada Women’s Fund
Rosalyne Reynolds
Marilyn York
Candi Peek
Mary Franken
Joanne Peden
Peg Farrar
Reider Family Trust
Rachell Pellissier
Mark Sullivan
Victoria Erickson
Sharon Dicicco
Susan Drossulis
Michael Calonico
John Balmar
Wisdom of the Whole
Kathleen Cabiedes
Linda Bifano
Joy Orlich
Delores Smith
Lila Yocum
Frances Maycock
Reno Women's Golf
Jean Walsh

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