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Dear Friends and Supporters,                    

         Last month, Reno lost a true champion. When news of Bob Cashell's passing began to spread on social media, there was no shortage of comments from Reno locals sharing their stories of crossing paths with Bob.

          Each story painted a picture of a man who wasn't afraid of hard work and never saw himself as being above anyone else. From filling a stranger's gas tank without a word, to treating his employees as equals, there are few people in this community Bob didn't touch in some way. Bob's legacy is one of kindness and compassion and, while no one was prepared to lose such a wonderful man, it is somewhat fitting that the mourning of his death would coincide with National Random Acts of Kindness Week, which began on February 17th. To honor Bob, the City of Reno asked that that community continue to perform Random Acts of Kindness throughout the month of February and declared the last week of February Bob A. Cashell Sr. Week. With this in mind, NYEP residents made more than 20 cards of encouragement for senior citizens and dropped them off at the Washoe County Senior Center on February 28th. Moving forward, our February volunteer event will be to do random acts of kindness in the local community. #KindnessForBob #BeLikeBob #MakeKindnessTheNorm

          A tremendous act of kindness was done for one of our NYEP graduates last month by B. Ortho. Dr. Nicholas Bauter and his staff gave the gift of braces to Susan, who graduated the program last December and recently became a Certified Nurse's Aid. Susan is an incredibly hard worker and is so deserving of this amazing, confidence-boosting gift. Thank you, B. Ortho!

          Our February fundraiser of delivering "conversation cookies" for Valentine's Day was a success, thanks to Judy Gilmore, Susan Greer, Sarah Scattini, and Margaret Finel. We learned a few things and are looking forward to doing it again next year! We hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day with those you hold dear.

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.
  • Sky passed her final High School Equivalency Tests!
  • Britney left for Ironworker's Bootcamp on February 24th!
  • Our girls are volunteering all around the community - at the SPCA Thrift Store and Shelter, the Washoe County Senior Center, The Note-Ables, and Head Start. 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!
  • Teresa Walkerley's weekly Creating Your Brand workshop continued on Wednesdays, kicking off with a pizza outing on February 5th to celebrate a milestone.
  • On February 5th, our Executive Director created a ruse to get Susan, an NYEP graduate, over to B. Ortho at The Summit. She said she had to pick something up, but in reality, she was taking Susan for her first consultation appointment for FREE BRACES. NYEP staff and volunteers were in attendance when Dr. Bauter revealed the true reason for Susan's visit that day. Seeing her excitement was wonderful. We are so happy for Susan and so grateful to B. Ortho!
  • On February 9th, Margaret and Sarah held their second cooking class of the year where they prepared The Feast of St. Valentine. They made parmesan lemon chicken with broccoli, shrimp scampi, and chocolate dipped strawberries.
  • On February 12th, Certified Life Coach Roz Reynolds delivered her second group class on Communication. The group discussed what barriers they have faced when attempting to communicate effectively in relationships. 
  • February 13th was the YAB Valentine's Social. We had cupcakes and got more familiar with the current Foster Care Bill of Rights.
  • On February 14th, Allison Haley and Tyler Wagner brought a special Valentine's Day dinner to NYEP residents. Allison is a longtime friend of NYEP and Tyler was just meeting us for the first time. The residents enjoyed Lobster Mac and Cheese from Allison's restaurant, chocolate dipped strawberries, caprese skewers, and beautiful cakes made by Tyler. Thank you, ladies! We sure felt the love from you that evening!
  • For Family Night on February 18th, we played Escape the Room: The Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat. This was our first time playing an escape room board game together and it was certainly a challenge. Ultimately, we were not able to solve all of the puzzles to escape, but we learned quite a bit about cooperation and patience. 
  • On February 24th, Monica dropped Britney off at the Amtrak station and sent her off to Ironworkers Bootcamp. Britney is our first resident to take a serious step toward entering a career in the trades.
  • During the last week of February, to honor the late Bob Cashell, NYEP residents created over 20 handmade cards with art and words of encouragement for senior citizens. These cards were delivered to The Washoe County Senior Center on February 28th. We hope it brought some sunshine into the lives of seniors to receive these cards. #KindnessForBob #MakeKindnessTheNorm
  • On February 29th, NYEP Board President, Marilyn York, delivered a TEDx talk on her passion for keeping fathers in their children's lives. It was a powerful speech that touched many. We are so proud of you, Marilyn!
  • Last month, we moved our art space from Reno Art Works to The Potentialist Workshop and began holding our weekly Open Art Day event in our new space. We look forward to all the extra things we can learn and do in our new space. 
  • 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 February, NYEP residents prepared 12 group meals and attended 3 Problem Solving Groups, 5 Calendar Meetings, 4 Open Art Days, 4 Self-Defense Classes, and 3 yoga classes. 
Here are some photos from our adventures!


Susan's reaction to learning she would be receiving free braces


Celebrating Susan


Making it official


Margaret with the parmesan lemon chicken and broccoli


Shrimp scampi


Chocolate dipped strawberries


Someone got creative and turned the strawberries into roses.


Sarah and Margaret both played Cupid on Valentine's Day to deliver our conversation cookie grams!


Delicious Valentine's Day dinner delivered by Allison and Tyler


Sparkling cider makes dinner extra fancy.


Thank you, Allison and Tyler!


Attempting to discover the Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat on Family Night!


So many fun puzzles to do!


Some of the handmade cards created by NYEP residents and dropped off at Washoe County Senior Center


A sample of some of the messages inside


Several residents came together to help new resident, Paige, make her first group meal.


On the menu were four different kinds of pizza (including dessert pizza) with homemade crust.


A resident, staff member, graduate, and Director attending TEDx in support of NYEP's Board President,
Marilyn York


Great job, Marilyn!


Good luck at Bootcamp, Britney!
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 with Margaret and Sarah — March 8

March's theme is St. Patrick's Day and we'll be making Corned Beef and Cabbage! We're so LUCKY to have Margaret and Sarah!

Creating Your Brand with Teresa  Wednesdays

Wednesday morning groups will continue, beginning on March 4th. Teresa is also mentoring several residents one-on-one

Communications with Roz — March 4th

Roz Reynolds will deliver the third class in her series on Communication. 

Twentieth Century Club Day of Giving Luncheon — March 12th

The Twentieth Century Club started its nursing scholarship program in 1898. Today, the Club is still working to improve health care delivery in our community through its scholarship at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). The guest speaker will be Becky Josten with TMCC to provide an overview of the nursing program. The Club's annual "Day of Giving" awards will be presented and drawing for the 50-50 cash raffle will be held. This event will be help at the Atlantis on March 12th from 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Youth Advisory Board Meeting — March 12th

If you know a foster youth, 13 or older, who has the desire and aptitude to make a difference in the foster care system, please encourage them to join the Youth Advisory Board. Aged-out adults also welcome!
 

Family Night — March 17th

We've got a lot on our plates and plenty to keep us busy, but it's important to us to make the time every month to slow down and spend some time together. Our activity is TBD. If you have any suggestions, let us know!

11th Annual Women's Success Summit — March 18th

This Summit connects successful and aspiring entrepreneurs in a stimulating environment that creates exciting new opportunities, relationships and ideas. This annual Summit sells out every year and attracts the best of the best for a day of sharing, learning and supporting the growth and expansion of women’s businesses. This event will be held on March 18th from 11am - 4pm at the Atlantis Casino and features speaker Sandra Yancey, the founder & CEO of eWomenNetwork. Buy your tickets here.

Lunafest  March 25th

Did you know that March is Women's History Month? For each of the past 6 years, Zonta Club has celebrated this month with Lunafest. Lunafest is a screening of 7 short films by women filmmakers. The films are heartwarming, funny, sad, sometimes controversial, and always unapologetically female. NYEP has attended each year on a sponsorship from Zonta Club and for the past few years, we have provided handmade items for raffle and worked the raffle table selling tickets. This year, we will be raffling small paintings. Click here to buy tickets for the 2020 Lunafest.

Hands-On Class with Bob Lissner  Sundays

Bob's Sunday Hands-On Class continues through March. 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 March, we are focusing on Problem Solving Group (PSG). PSG just might be the most important weekly event at NYEP, and we don't say that lightly. We teach a lot of important life skills, but if you don't know how to solve problems, life's many obstacles could trip you up before you can even get started. Through participation in PSG, residents learn how to approach their problems logically and brainstorm solutions that make sense for them. It also serves as a way for our residents to understand and help each other, which improves and strengthens interpersonal relationships in the house.

          Every Friday, NYEP residents gather around the kitchen table to help one resident tackle a problem she is ready to do something about. Everyone has an opportunity to bring up a problem for discussion and the group votes to decide which problem will be addressed that week. Once selected, we follow our tried and true method for problem solving, developed by Dr. Bob Quilitch. No one in PSG has all the answers and, ultimately, it is up to the problem-presenting person to decide what she will do. During the group, we do our best to make positive suggestions for ways to solve the problem at hand. Then we follow up the next week to see how things are going. Often, residents report back that the situation has improved thanks to the suggestions made in the previous group. 

          PSG not only helps residents navigate their lives while they are in the program, but also gives them tools they can use to tackle problems long after they have left NYEP.

 
 
The Tiger's Curse: Book Review
by LisaMarie S.
Age 20
 
          The book I plan on reviewing is called The Tiger’s Curse. This book is very a big adventure mixed with both romance and action. Its about a prince from India who had a curse put on him by Lokus, who wanted to take the throne after the prince’s mother and father. The prince's name is Ren and he does have an older brother named Kishan. Both brothers had the curse put on them, which only puts them in human form for 18 minutes a day and then they turn into tigers for the rest of the day. The princes would be able to control when they were able to turn from human to tiger form. Little did you know that the princes and Lokus are about 300 years old. They use a special amulet to keep them alive but they need to get the last piece of the amulet. The person with the amulet (the last piece of it) Lokus.
 
            In the beginning of the book it starts off with a girl named Kelsey who is trying to find a summer job before she starts her first year in college. She gets a job at a circus and her job is to set up for the show and clean up afterwards. During her job at the circus, she met a white tiger. His name was Ren. She instantly felt a connection with him. She would always go to his cage every night to read him parts of the book she was reading. Then one day, Ren was sold to a man named Mr. Kadam. He asked Kelsey if she would like to go back to India with him to take care of Ren. Kelsey agreed to this, so she went to India with Mr. Kadam. Ren was left out by a gas station while Kelsey was in the store getting snacks and drinks. Mr. Kadam all of sudden drives away and leaves Ren and Kelsey by themselves. Ren decides to run into the forest and and Kelsey follows him. Some time has passed and she's chasing Ren through the forest. When she finally catches up to Ren, she sees a small cottage with a small man standing out front, petting Ren. Then man asks Kelsey if she would like to go inside to bathe and eat. When finishes everything she has to do, she walks out of the bathroom and sees two men sitting at a table. Ren walks up to her and introduces himself to her and shes really confused at this point. He tells her she is there because he needs help to find his brother, Kishan. Plus he thinks she might be the key in lifting the curse off of both brothers. At this point, she thinks shes going insane. She finally agrees to talk to Mr. Kadam about what is going on and he has the exact story as Ren. So she agrees and decides to take on the challenge, but she was never allowed to tell her guardians about what situation she is in, so she had to lie to them by saying she's taking good care of the tiger and doing fine.

            Their first mission was go to the temple or Durga (the eight-armed goddess with all the weapons). When they arrived to the temple they had to find the secret door that would take them to the statue. When they finally find it, they lay out their offering and it was accepted. When Durga comes to life, she gives Kelsey a few weapons that she needs to learn how to use. But they go through so many adventures to figure out way to save Ren. There are so much more amazing things that happen in this book. Go read for yourself. You wont be able to put it down.  
LisaMarie has lived at NYEP for six weeks. In her free time, she enjoys reading and practicing American Sign Language. Her dream is to become a Sign Language Interpreter. 
Unspoken Truth: Child Abuse as an Epidemic
By Angel Tokar
Age 18
*tap*
 
       
          *tap*
 
You look up from your computer monitor and meet two weary brown eyes. Eyes that transfer the feeling of hopelessness into your own being. These eyes belong to a young student of yours-- a student without soccer balls or barbie dolls. A student wearing the same clothes as the day before-- no, the week before.

“Do you have any snacks I can have?” her voice is weak, “I didn't have breakfast.”

You sigh, look back down at your computer monitor, and say 6 distasteful words, “You should have eaten at home.” The child walks away weakly, holding her stomach. In an hour or two she vomits stomach acid.

You had a container full of animal crackers on the cabinet behind you, yet still you felt classroom rules were more important than a hungry child.

*tap*

          *tap*

You look up from your computer monitor and meet the same two brown eyes as the day before; only today somethings different. These eyes are not only filled with hopelessness, but they are also filled with exhaustion. Your eyes drift to the young girls arms, plagued with hand marks and bruises as if she had been attacked by some sort of… monster.

She hands in her assignment and asks if she could possibly rest her eyes for a bit. You sigh, look down at the girls assignment, and tell her to go to sleep earlier tonight. You think to yourself that your parents raised you to wear a clean pair of clothes everyday. To brush your hair every morning; never stopping to think that maybe this little girl does not have parents as fit as yours were.

Your eyes wander around the girls assignment, you try deciphering the doodles in the margins of the page. You stumble across a drawing of a girl hiding under a bed with the words, “I'M SCARED,” written in bold and scribbled out across the top. You dismiss it as a young girl with a vivid imagination.

*tik*

          *tok*

                    *tik*

                              *tok*

The clock keeps ticking on and on. Any minute now. 1, 2, 3…. Any minute, you think to yourself. But the minutes roll by and still nothing. There was no tapping today. No brown eyes. Days go by and you've yet to hear the soft tapping of the little girl with the big brown eyes.

You dismiss it as a child not motivated enough to get out of bed in the morning, but still, you must file an attendance report. ….

This is the horrifying reality of more than 13% of children in the United States alone. To put this into perspective, that’s 2.9 Million cases of child abuse being reported in one year. On top of that, it has been estimated that for every one report, 2 more go unreported.

Recently, a documentary entitled The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez went into detail about the egregious suffering an 8 year old boy was forced to endure at the hands of his mother and her live-in boyfriend. He was beaten so badly that, according to first responders, his skull felt like mesh. Countless reports were made to social services, sheriffs even went to the boys home, yet he was still left in the care of his abusers. This was extremely eye opening in the sense that it displays that the system is in need of major reform.

According to a report, more than 4 children are killed by child abuse per day— that’s 1,460 a year. More than fourteen hundred innocent lives are taken by the hands of their abusers every year. This number is disgusting and horrifying, and more than that it is physical proof that the system is failing. The only way to reach the appropriate level of reform is by raising the same type of awareness that The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez did. If everyone does their part in researching and writing about the horrid acts committed by child abusers, people would be forced to acknowledge that the current order in place is not effective.
Angel has lived at NYEP for two months. She is a senior at AACT with plans to go on to UNR and, one day, own her own business. In her free time, she enjoys painting, drawing, and baking.

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 4 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:
Bob & Jeannette Berry
The Pardons
Rosalyn Reynolds
Allison Haley
Ash Sobhe
The Emerson
James Joseph
Tee Iseminger


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