Thursday, December 06, 2007

Nevada Youth Empowerment Project to Host Holiday Open House

RENO, Nev. — The Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP) is hosting an open house from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to celebrate the opening of its new, phase one home for at-risk girls, and to introduce its program to the community. The event takes place at 2030 West 6th Street in Reno. Guest speakers include Sam Hudson, Reno/Sparks director of Senator John Ensign’s office, and Tina Burke, director of constituant services for Governor Jim Gibbons’ office. RSVPs can be made by calling Sandy at 775-544-1660.

This year, NYEP implemented a community living program in Reno to address the growing needs of older female youth leaving the dependency system. NYEP provides housing, case management, food, clothing, bus passes, basic skills training, behavioral interventions, independent living training, primary education completion, post-secondary education assistance, employment training referrals, money management classes, job placement assistance, social and recreational activities, mental, medical, and dental health referrals and service coordination.

The core purpose of the community living program is to assist female foster youth, 17-21 years old, in becoming empowered to acquire the concrete skills and knowledge as well as the emotional growth necessary to live successfully on their own. Additionally, specialized services are offered for those with a mental disability or for pregnant or parenting young women.

NYEP is also asking individuals and businesses to help sponsor youth wish lists for the holidays.

The non-profit Nevada Youth Empowerment Project provides a safe haven for the homeless young females on the streets of our communities. Young females, ages 17-21, are given a safe and serene place to live, skills training to move them toward independent living, an opportunity to complete their high school education, access higher education or vocational training, specialized services are offered for those with a mental disability or for pregnant or parenting young women.

NYEP serves young women who are aged out of foster care or living on the streets. The program gives these young women the tools and resources they need to succeed in life, but it also gives them hope. If even a dozen or so individuals and businesses lent their support, even if it is just to supply a gift from one girl's wish list, it would brighten the life and holiday of a young person.

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