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Dear Friends and Supporters,                    

          It's hard to believe another holiday season is already upon us. We're starting our preparations now to make sure our residents have the best holidays possible. Big thanks to Sierra Pharmacy for sponsoring our Thanksgiving holiday. We're now seeking donors to help make Christmas possible. Please see the Spotlight section below to find out how you can help!
 
          Of course it can't all be about holiday fun. We are currently looking to build and engage a county youth board. If you are 13 or older, are currently in or have aged out of foster care, and want to get involved with the Youth Advisory Board, please contact Nina at nina.nyep@gmail.com. Our next event is Thursday, 11/14, an Ice Cream Social.
 
          I'm proud to share that I have been nominated for the Girl Scouts 2019 Community Service TRIUMPHANT Award. The ceremony will be held at the Atlantis on November 21st from 4:30 - 8:00pm. Win or lose, come out and support a great organization for girls and women. For tickets, visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/epR/.
 
          NYEP is looking to add a couple board members to its dynamic leadership group. Do you have event fundraising skills, on the level of “Master of Wrangling Cats?” Are you a financial whiz? Do you like to nerd out on numbers and what-ifs? Then, we need you! Hang out with cool people and get stuff done for the community!

          Recently, NYEP has had the good fortune of having TWO Certified Life Coaches offer their services to NYEP residents, free of charge. The first is no stranger to us. Roz Reynolds has been a friend to NYEP for over 8 years, both through her involvement with Zonta Club International, and on a personal level. Roz acted as a mentor to Liliana when she lived in the program and they are still close today. Roz has been coming over to chat informally with the girls and will offer individual services to those who show interest and commitment. Teresa Walkerly is a new friend whose approach has been a bit more formal. After an initial meeting with residents to assess their interests, Teresa is beginning a weekly workshop entitled Creating Your Brand. We are so grateful to have successful, confident women imparting wisdom on our residents. 

          This is just a snippet of the exciting stuff we have going on between now and the end of the year. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see what we're up to. Sneak peak: Save the date for a guest bartending fundraiser featuring Marilyn York and Rachel McIntyre at Blind Dog Tavern on December 4th.

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.
  • Longtime NYEP residents, Susan and Nikki are both set to graduate the CLP in the next month! We are confident that they have attained the skills necessary to achieve long-term independence through their hard work and dedication to the program.
  • Our girls are volunteering -- Zariah at SPCA shelter and Lexie's Closet, 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!
  • On October 9th, Monica and Jeanine attended the Washoe County Social Services Youth Thrive event. Monica presented information on the Washoe County Youth Advisory Board and collected some new applications, and Jeanine presented a class on Healthy Relationships and Boundaries. 
  • On October 10th, Monica and Jeanine attended the Women in Philanthropy Forum as guests of Zonta Club International. We learned valuable information on how to better engage women donors.
  • Margaret and Sara of RE/MAX visited the CLP for their monthly cooking class on October 13th. They made Asian food and popcorn balls and had a blast!
  • On October 18th, resident Zariah and Housing Manager Jeanine attended the Veteran's Guest House Fashion Show. Thanks to Wendy Buxton for sponsoring a table in NYEP's name and saving us a couple of seats!
  • October 19th was Family Night! We carved pumpkins and later visited the Slaughterhouse haunted house. We've got a lot of new residents right now and there is no better way to get to know someone than by getting scared together!
  • On October 23rd, Personal Coach Teresa Walkerley visited the CLP to get to know our program and residents. We think she will be a great complement to our program and can't wait to see what she does! 
  • 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 October, NYEP residents prepared 13 group meals and attended 5 Problem Solving Groups, 5 Calendar Meetings, 5 Open Art Days, 3 Self-Defense Classes, and 4 yoga classes. 
Here are some photos from our adventures!


Monica presents info on the YAB at the county's Youth Thrive event


Got a little fancy for the Veterans Guest House Fashion Show


Pumpkin carving for Family Night!


It was Shania's first time carving a pumpkin. 


Nikki and Susan are veterans.


Slaughterhouse 8


They're so much fun.


Scared or scary?


Shania completes her meal packet after cooking a group meal.


Darling dragon


Halloween besties


Everyone dressed up this year!


Liliana stopped by just to bring Nina a birthday cake. We really are a family!
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  November 3rd

The ladies will continue their annual tradition of cooking up a Thanksgiving feast for November's class. 

Creating Your Brand with Teresa Walkerley    Weekly on Wednesdays, beginning on November 6th

Teresa is the newest community member and professional to take an interest in our program and offer her services to benefit our residents. We are so excited to see what comes of this new curriculum.

Washoe County YAB Inaugural Ice Cream Social    November 14th

It's our first Ice Cream Social! The YAB has been going strong for several months with a few solid members. We are hoping to meet a lot of new members at this event. If you know someone who is 13 or older, currently in or aged out of foster care, and looking to make a difference, please share this event with them.


Building Women Career Fair  November 15th

On November 15th, NYEP residents, chaperoned by staff, will attend the Annual Building Women Career Fair. This is a fun and educational event geared toward women, encouraging them to seek career training in the building trades normally dominated by men. Attendees participate in hands-on activities like welding, electrical work, carpentry, and heavy equipment operations. We always have a good time at this awesome event and the residents usually get to bring home things they built with their own hands.

Family Baking Day  November 26th

Each year on Thanksgiving week, we have an all-day bakefest in the CLP kitchen. We'll bake up tasty fall treats to enjoy throughout the week and offer to our guests on Thanksgiving Day. Baking day not only provides an opportunity for staff and residents to bond and spend time together, but also teaches skills like following instructions, time management, and problem-solving. It is our hope that the young women who leave NYEP will do so with good holiday memories as well as the knowledge and desire required to create similar memories for their own families in the future. 

Thanksgiving Dinner — November 28th

Every Thanksgiving, NYEP staff, residents and graduates come together to create and enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast. Planning begins at least a week in advance, with residents assigned important jobs such as taking out the trash, greeting guests, and unloading the dishwasher throughout the day. The residents also decide on a dish they would like to try their hand at making for the meal. Some residents choose to cook something familiar, while others might try something new. No matter what, everyone has a part to play. The ovens and stove tops are fired up the day before the holiday and they don't start cooling down until the first bite is taken on Thanksgiving Day. Attendance at the meal ebbs and flows. Some years, we have 20+ in attendance, with graduates bringing their spouses and children to join the current residents. Other years, life happens, and only a handful are in attendance. Either way, the environment is one of love, gratefulness, and forever family, and the effort is always worth it. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

November Group Volunteer Event  TBD

We're still working out the details of our November event, but we are looking to bring some light (and food) to those less fortunate during this holiday season. Stay tuned.

Hands-On Class with Bob Lissner  Sundays

Bob's Sunday Hands-On Class continues through November. 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. 

 
 

          We're using our Spotlight section this month to share how you can help make NYEP's Christmas merry and bright. We are currently seeking a cash sponsor for the Christmas holiday. This $800-$1000 gift will be used to fund our Christmas baking day, Christmas Day meal, and other expenses such as a real tree and gift wrapping supplies. If you are looking for a smaller, more personal way to give, you can purchase a gift for one of our residents, or maybe donate some stocking stuffers. We also never mind some hands-on help with gift wrapping! Bringing a quality of life to the home is made possible by your support for these essential days and activities. You can view all NYEP resident and graduate Christmas lists, as well as other ideas for how to help here. Any way you choose to help is sure to bring a smile to the face of an NYEP resident. 
 
 
 
Letter to a Loved One 
by Shania G.
Age 20
 
Dear Robin,

          I just want you to know that I forgave you when you apologized. I just never got the chance to say it. I want you to know that, even though that day I didn’t tell you I loved you, I do. I want to say that not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. I miss you. I miss our car rides, the way you would come butt into my Facetime calls, and the days that me, you and all the other kids spent time together during the summer. I miss how you would ask me if I was okay, even though you knew I wasn’t, and you would listen to me tell you what was wrong. I miss your laugh, your smile, the way you would say “wash.” Sometimes I find myself looking at your pictures and I just smile. For some reason I always want to text you and just tell you everything that has happened since you left… but then I think about it and there is really no point because you won’t see it. I miss calling you 10 times a day to see when you were coming home. I miss hearing you snore, even though it used to drive me crazy. Oh, what I would give to hear that one more time. I miss your off-key singing, our random drives, our late night conversations, EVERYTHING. I would give anything and everything just to have one more day with you so that I could say all the things I should’ve said to you. I was being a brat and didn’t say I love you back and that is one of the biggest regrets I have, but I know that you knew I loved you. You were one of my best friends whether you knew it or not & I’m still not over the fact that you’re gone. When I found out that you were gone I just broke down and I could not stop crying… I was so shocked. You were one of the best people my dad ever brought into my life and I mean that. I really miss you and I know that you are in a better place now. I love you so much more than you knew.

Love,
Your “Daughter”
 
"I wanted to share this piece because my Stepmom was one of the most good-hearted, kindest, caring people I've ever known. I considered myself blessed to be able to know somebody who was as wonderful as she was. She was one of my best friends and she passed away in her sleep on October 27th 2016. I have a hard time talking about her or writing about her but I feel as if this will help me to be able to move on (for lack of a better term)."
 
- Shania 
Untitled
(marker on paper)

by Joanie Moorehead
Age 21 


 
 
"I colored this at Art Day which is my favorite NYEP group. I love to just sit and color. It's very relaxing and it helps me when I need to calm down after a stressful week at work."
 
- Joanie

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!
 

Christmas Sponsor ($800-$1000) - 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 Christmas celebration 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 is booked on intakes through the end of 2019! We are pleased that the community is now more aware than ever of our program and has been making so many referrals. We are honored to serve those in need in our community. 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 and we can discuss a January intake. 

          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:
Anonymous Stock Donation
Codfather
Bill Pearce Motors
Sierra Pharmacy
Jill Atkins Design
Sandra Raffealli
Marilyn York
Candi Peek
Mark Sullivan


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