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Dear Friends and Supporters,                    

          I hope you are enjoying the holiday season as much as we are at NYEP. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to provide a peaceful and memorable holiday to young women who would not otherwise have had food to eat or loved ones to spend the day with.

          We are now working on making the Christmas holiday special for our residents and are still seeking a Christmas sponsor and other angels to help the holiday come together. Please click here to see all the ways you can help, get stocking stuffer and gift ideas, and view resident, graduate, and agency wish lists. You can also visit the office of Marilyn York to pull an ornament off the angel tree and purchase a gift for a resident. NYEP holidays happen thanks to the support of community members like you and we could not be more grateful.

          There are a few more fun ways to help out and get to know NYEP better this holiday season. First, join guest bartenders Marilyn York and Rachel McIntyre at Blind Dog Tavern on December 4th for Cocktails for a Cause. Did you know that only 1.6% of all charitable donations go to women's and girls' organizations? This event is a fun way to practice intentional giving. 100% of tips earned for the evening will go directly to NYEP, as will all proceeds from our silent auction, which will include items such as dinner for two, wine, unlimited yoga, artwork, jewelry, spa days and MORE!

          On December 9th at 4pm, attend a Sip and See event at our Community Living Program. Never seen our house, where all the magic happens? This is your chance! If you have been over, come again! Enjoy drinks and snacks while you tour the facility and have a look at our new Lexie's Gift Boutique. There will also be a gift tree to give guests an opportunity to help with a need.

          December 20th at 5:30pm is NYEP's Christmas Party. This is a chance to get festive with the residents and enjoy some holiday treats. We hope to see you at one or all of these events!

          Our next Youth Advisory Board Meeting is a White Elephant Gift Exchange at the CLP on December 12th. This fun and silly activity is a great way for our new members to bond before they get down to the work of influencing policy change in the Washoe County foster care system. The YAB is open to foster youth 13 and up. Food and drinks provided, as well as gifts to participate in the exchange.

          We'd like to welcome our two new board members, Emily Reid and Val Olivas to the NYEP family. We are so excited to start the new year with some new faces and fresh ideas!

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 residents Susan and Nikki have graduated the CLP and moved on to our affordable housing site, Sonder House! Nikki also passed her driver's test and bought her first car! We are so proud of both of them!
  • Shania has completed all of her prerequisites and officially enrolled in the Phlebotomy program at TMCC!
  • Stormy passed the last of her HiSET tests, earning her high school equivalency just six weeks into her residency at the CLP - an NYEP record and a great example of what can be accomplished when you apply yourself. 
  • Zariah and Stormy are working on completing their prerequisites to enroll in the CNA and EMT programs at TMCC.
  • Stormy passed her driver's permit test and has started practicing driving with Bob Lissner!
  • 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!
  • On November 3rd, Margaret and Sara of RE/MAX visited the CLP for their monthly cooking class and second annual mini Thanksgiving! They prepared Thanksgiving classics such as green bean casserole and candied yams, and enjoyed a delicious honey ham!
  • On November 6th, Self Development Consultant Teresa Walkerley began her weekly group entitled Creating Your Brand. The group continues each Wednesday and has our residents thinking differently about their own self development. We're excited to see where this goes!
  • On November 14th Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson came to NYEP for a visit. It's so refreshing when political candidates take an interest in local, grassroots organizations. It was a pleasure to meet Ms. Williamson. 
  • Also on November 14th, the Youth Advisory Board met for an Ice Cream Social at the CLP. The group is starting to really come together and get on the same page with innovative ideas.
  • On November 15th, NYEP residents attended the annual Building Women Career Fair at TMCC's Applied Technology Center. Residents got hands-on experience in welding, sheet metal, electrical work, carpentry, and more. The purpose of this event is to introduce women to male-dominated career fields they might not have otherwise considered. One of our residents decided to pursue an education and career as an Ironworker as a result of her experience at the fair. This was our 9th year attending the event and we hope to attend for many years to come!
  • On November 18th, Bob Lissner took NYEP residents to see the film Harriet, a biopic about Harriet Tubman.
  • On November 19th, NYEP staff and residents volunteered at the Food Bank to sort donated food and pack boxes for distribution to Northern Nevada's many local food pantries. It felt good, as always, to do something to give back to the community that supports us. 
  • On November 21st, Monica was recognized as a Girl Scout Champion in a ceremony at The Atlantis.
  • November 26th was our annual Thanksgiving Baking Day. Each year, a couple of days before Thanksgiving, we fire up the ovens and bake up tasty treats to enjoy as we prepare for the holiday and to share with our guests on the day of. This year, we made Terribly Terrific Toffee, Peanut Butter Chocolate Puddles, Coconut Dream Bars, Snickers Fudge, and Lemon Crackle Cookies.
  • On November 28th, NYEP staff, residents, and graduates gathered at the CLP to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Each resident was responsible for at least one dish. Many of them had never participated in preparing a Thanksgiving meal before, but they all did a great job! All of the food was delicious and served on time. It was so nice to spend the holiday together and to provide our residents with a happy Thanksgiving. We hope you had a great holiday as well!
  • 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 November, NYEP residents prepared 10 group meals and attended 3 Problem Solving Groups, 4 Calendar Meetings, 3 Open Art Days, 4 Self-Defense Classes, and 2 yoga classes. 
Here are some photos from our adventures!


Cooking class with Sara and Margaret


This is obviously going to be good


First time cutting up sweet potatoes for one of our residents


Almost done!


Delicious feast


Longtime NYEP Board Secretary and current City Council candidate, Britton Griffith with US Presidential candidate, Marianne Williamson on her visit to the CLP


Joanie is ready to weld at the Building Women Career Fair


Stormy makes plaster look easy.


Shania got in an argument with this wall, but they're patching things up.


Safety first!


NYEP residents with fair organizer Dian VanderWell


Jeanine and Sky volunteering at the Food Bank


Britney and Stormy


Cindy is having too much fun.


Stormy is riding the high of hitting her box goal weight exactly. 


Our volunteer crew


Powdered sugar fight on Baking Day


Consequences


Cindy shows Kaytie how to use the mixer


Kaytie's cookies


NYEP Thanksgiving plate


Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
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  December 1st

This month's class is a chance for the residents to show off their skills. It's the first NYEP/REMAX potluck! Sara, Margaret, and each NYEP resident will prepare a dish for the meal. Some residents are trying something for the first time while others are sticking with familiar recipes. Trying new things in cooking class has increased our residents' skill level and confidence in the kitchen. The dishes are sure to be tasty.
 

Christmas Shadowboxes with Marilyn York  December 2nd

NYEP's Board President, Marilyn York, along with her mother, Elaine, and new board member/local artist, Emily Reid, will visit the CLP to make Christmas Shadowboxes with the residents. Once completed, these boxes can be kept or given as gifts. 

Cocktails for a Cause  December 4th

Join us at Blind Dog Tavern from 6-9pm as Guest Bartenders, Marilyn York and Rachel McIntyre sling drinks for NYEP. Tip generously, as 100% will go to NYEP. We've got great silent auction items as well. This is sure to be a fun time. 


Creating Your Brand with Teresa Walkerley   Weekly on Wednesdays

Our residents are excited about the new perspective Teresa brings and look forward to meeting with her each Wednesday to share their progress over the last week. 

Holiday Baking with Marilyn  December 8th

Marilyn will visit the CLP again to do some baking with our residents. We love our hands-on Board Members!

Sip and See   December 9th 

Love NYEP, but haven't seen our house? Maybe you visited our old rental, but haven't been over since we purchased our home near UNR. Come over all the time? You can help with the tour! Whoever you are and however long you've known us, please join us for a Sip and See at the CLP! We'll be all decorated for Christmas and ready to show you how our program operates every day. 4pm at 1369 Faland Way.

YAB White Elephant Party  December 12th

If you know a foster youth age 13 or older who is interested in joining the Youth Advisory Board, this would be a great first event for them. Please send them our way. Gifts will be provided to participants as well as food and drink.

Group Volunteering: Be a Santa to a Senior Gift Wrapping Event    December 14th

We'll load up the NYEP vehicle and head to the Senior Center to wrap donated gifts for seniors. This is one of our favorite volunteer events to participate in. 

NYEP Christmas Party  December 20th at 5:30pm

This is another chance to visit the CLP to enjoy our unique, feel-good environment this holiday. NYEP staff and residents will be in attendance to share holiday cheer, snacks, and drinks.

Family Baking Day  December 23rd

We'll fire up the ovens and bake up festive treats to share with family and friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. If you'd like to join us, please let us know!

Christmas Morning and Christmas Dinner — December 25th

Most of us have wonderful memories of waking up early Christmas morning, pulling Mom and Dad out of bed with sleep in their eyes, and dragging them to the Christmas tree to open presents. Many of the residents of NYEP have less happy memories; memories of absent parents or parents who could not provide even food, let alone gifts. Those who spent time in foster care may recall being sent to "respite" - a strange family who will look after them while their foster family takes a holiday vacation - or spending the holidays at the local children's shelter. Because the CLP is a holistic program, addressing issues of the mind, body and soul, we believe in the importance of sharing family holidays and teaching traditions. This is why, every Christmas morning at 8 am, staff members join the residents around the Christmas tree to open gifts that were chosen specifically for them. We have coffee and pastries, we laugh, we hug, we take pictures, and we thank each other. 

After the festivities of the morning have died down, it's time to move on to the business of making Christmas dinner happen! Just like on Thanksgiving, each girl is assigned a dish (or dishes) to prepare as well as jobs to perform throughout the day. This holiday menu will include a beef roast, ham, roasted vegetables, macaroni and cheese and more. We're getting hungry just thinking about it! We hope all our friends out there have a wonderful Christmas!

Hands-On Class with Bob Lissner  Sundays

Bob's Sunday Hands-On Class continues through December. 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 December, we're focusing on Grocery Shopping Using a Budget. Several months ago, we changed our grocery shopping procedure to better prepare our residents for independence. Previously, pairs of residents would physically visit the grocery store with a staff member to purchase items from a list compiled by the household. Recently, we realized our CLP graduates, most of whom exit the program without a vehicle, were relying on online ordering to get their weekly groceries, and that many of them struggled to learn this way of shopping on their own. In light of this, we decided to start teaching grocery shopping the way our residents are most likely to do it when they are on their own.

          Under the new procedure, residents log into the online grocery account as a group to build the weekly grocery order. They are given a budget amount based on the number of residents in the house. First, group meal items are added. Then, household and food items are added with consideration for what is already available in the house. Each resident is welcome to add what she would like, within certain guidelines. When this is done, two residents and a staff member finalize the order. If the order exceeds the budget, residents search for cheaper alternatives to some items and may delete others with guidance from staff. Placing the grocery order online has offered many benefits, from residents seeing the cart price increase in real time as items are added, to buying fewer duplicate items and wasting less food. Overall, we have more food in the house on a regular basis, more residents get items they want, and everyone is a lot happier in general with the grocery process. And now, graduates will already know how to grocery shop online when they move out!

          Operating the CLP for over a decade has taught us to roll with the punches and recognize when a process needs to change to better fit the needs of our residents. We're proud to offer a dynamic and ever-evolving program to our residents and community. 
 
 
Meaningful Quote
Submitted by Kaytie L.
Age 18

“It is possible to reclaim your future, to build a happy life despite an imperfect past. We can order the universe to our will and mind.”

- Katherine Marsh
I believe that this quote is explaining the possibilities of a new future, and that new future can be amazing and exciting despite struggles in the past. It is our choice to change our lives and our journeys ahead. I love this quote because it has shown me the true beauty that I can have despite my past experiences. I now know that I can change my life and create my very own story. Anyone can and has the power to do so as well.
 
- Kaytie
Stripes
(acrylic on canvas)

by Skye'ler Riley
Age 20

 


 
"The reason why I chose this piece is because life is like stripes and I think this is a beautiful representation of life. The artwork may seem very simple but to me I find it complicated like life. You never know where you’re going to get it and you never know how are you going to get it. To me this piece shows how life can be and what life can mean to all of us ."
- 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!
 

Christmas Sponsor ($800) - 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.

Other Christmas Angels - We can't make our holidays happen without you! Please see the link in the Letter from the Editor for easy ways you can help.

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 after January 1st. 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:
The Robinsons
Rosalyn Reynolds
Mark Sullivan
Marilyn York
NNHRA Best Places to Work
Tee Iseminger
Amazon
Melissa Jewell
Thanks to Mike Pampeo for the Ford Explorer. Graduate Miesha makes good use of it taking her child to school and herself to work.
 


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