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Nevada Youth Empowerment Project

Help a homeless young woman discover her: path, identity, worth, potential

aka NYEP   |   Reno, NV   |  www.nyep.org

Mission

NYEP gives homeless young women (18-24) in the Reno area a chance to reroute their lives through a structured program that provides housing and basic needs, life skills training, opportunities to practice new life skills, and the support and love of a family.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Marilyn York

Executive Director

Monica DuPea

Main address

1369 Faland Way

Reno, NV 89503 USA

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EIN

26-1118584

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With approximately 25,000 Opportunity Youth in Washoe County (youth who are between 16-24 years old and out of work and out of school) plus upwards of 70 older teens and young adults checking in to the Eddy House daily, and another 250 leaving foster care and juvenile justice each yearly, on top of the 250 students identifying as “housing insecure or homeless” at TMCC and UNR, a broad range of highly coordinated, organized and accountable housing based services will be necessary to stabilize and empower these young people to overcome current circumstances and truly change their situations. NYEP's Community Living Program is designed for "willing and capable" young women (18-24), who would otherwise be homeless and want to make the most of the opportunties that come their way around school, work and volunteering.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Living Program

Funding is used to provide safe housing, utilities, other basic supports, complex supports, mentoring, parental supports and skills training will be provided and/or facilitated by highly skilled CLP staff who also monitor and record resident progress and regress to hold youth accountable as they learn to be established young adults. The CLP empowers young people to gain self-confidence, personal independence and personal growth. Within the CLP, staff teaches participants how to meet expectations and needs through being pushed daily to meet obligations and responsibilities.

The CLP curriculum is facilitated each day by consistent, fair, positive, skilled adults. It is the staff and supplies that the CLP provides residents to motivate the day to day completion of activities that lead to greater knowledge and skill attainment, as well as long term goal achievement. The CLP curriculum provides the necessary training and support around acquiring both external and internal resources to thrive.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Ruby Award 2011

Soroptomists

Top 20 Under 40 2011

RGJ

VISTA of the Year 2011

Americorps VISTA

Summer of Service 2011

NPCatalyst

Affiliations & memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2008

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Young women, Young girls, Homeless people

Related Program

Community Living Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Young women, Young girls, Homeless people

Related Program

Community Living Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through it's comprehensive, coordinated residential life curriculum, NYEP aims to empower young women to finish high school, get living wage jobs, and make homes of their own.

We have many youths whose potential is not being fully realized – our failure to harness that potential is an opportunity missed. These youths represent not only a social opportunity, but also an economic one. A non-contributing youth imposes taxpayer burden of $13,900 per year. A non-contributing youth imposes social burden of $37,450 per year. Once they reach 25, they impose a future lifetime taxpayer burden of $170,740. Once they reach 25, they impose a future lifetime a social burden of $529,030. The CLP is both effective by being needs driven, focused on a specific target population, providing what’s needed AND efficient by saving the community money in anticipated social and economic loss. The CLP costs $20k/youth/year, the same cost as jail.

The CLP serves young women who are exceptionally damaged, undereducated, under resourced, disadvantaged, unsupported and unprepared. Each has express a deep desire to be happy and productive, and for the time being, are willing to do the work it takes to earn and achieve things, and make the most of the opportunities that come their way. They are usually receiving services from other local agencies, but the supports just haven’t been enough to be effective for them, or they are no longer eligible. They recognize they need more help, they want it, and they are asking for it. They are desperate for a home, to feel cared about, to finish school, get a job and live on their own.

NYEP provides its CLP (standardized, all-inclusive, housing-based independent living curriculum) in our large 8 bedroom home, to at least 15 at risk older female youth residents, at a time, for at least one year. Safe housing, utilities, other basic supports, complex supports, mentoring, parental supports and skills training will be provided and/or facilitated by highly skilled CLP staff who also monitor and record resident progress and regress to hold youth accountable as they learn to be established young adults.

NYEP’s CLP empowers young people to gain self-confidence, personal independence and personal growth. Within the CLP, staff teaches participants how to meet expectations and needs through being pushed daily to meet obligations and responsibilities.

We know how to motivate youth to outcomes.

Fifteen years ago, the playing ground between a homeless and parentless child and a housed and parented child would be remedied with a pair of shoes or a backpack with school supplies. But, if the most basic needs are not being met, we know now that you can be fairly sure that emotional, physical, and spiritual needs are not being met, as well. Many of the youth hanging out on the streets of Reno have a place to sleep at night. What they don’t have are responsible, caring adults who provide consistent parental support and accountability to their children until they are prepared to live as an independent, contributing citizen. Without caring adult attention, any resources and services provided to youth are uncoordinated, insufficient and unaccountable, leading to false starts or failures.

And, if we want these kids to be successful, we’ve got to give them what we’d give any kid who is successful. Understanding who a program can serve effectively is the first step. NYEP breaks opportunity youth in unstable housing into 3 service/support categories – 1. Willing and ready to work, 2. Willing but not ready to work and 3. Unwilling so not ready to work. NYEP’s CLP curriculum works best with young women between 18-24 year olds who would otherwise be homeless but are willing and capable of making the most of the opportunities that come their way (categories 1 & 2). Category 3 youth need very specialized programming around specific barriers/challenges like mental illness, substance abuse, pregnant/parenting, criminal behaviors and gender and sexual identity.

If left with only occasional memos, verbal/written threats, pointing to rules, and meetings, young people are continuing to rely on their own systems of change on a daily basis which isn’t sufficient to facilitate desired youth outcomes. Children who have been raised by addiction-prioritizing, childish/immature, criminal, uneducated, and/or homeless/transient parents result in a further disadvantaged young person. By the time they reach NYEP, it’s not just housing and food they need; they need love and care. They feel alone, rejected, and that they don’t belong in the world. Because the needs are many and root causes are complicated, staff are mature, professional, and skilled in connecting with and motivating young people. These young people have plenty of friends. They are in desperate need of solid adults who can consistently help them appropriately address their problems in life.

During the 2019-2020 year, NYEP’s CLP served 19 older female youth.

88% of all youth served by the CLP successfully met high school proficiency requirements. 63% of all youth served by the CLP were also able to hold employment. 50% went on to college. 100% of the CLP graduates secured independent affordable housing upon program completion.

And, resident provided over 955 hours of community service.

NYEP’s affordable housing scattered site model, Sonder House, continues to be the solution to the transitioning CLP resident’s need for housing in this ever changing economy, especially with a less than 1% vacancy rate. Rent is $400/month and includes all utilities. To date, 18 CLP graduates have used the site. 100% of the young women served by this site are employed and/or in school or volunteering, maintaining a productive 40-hour week.

Financials

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Nevada Youth Empowerment Project

Board of directors
as of 02/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Marilyn York

Law Offices of Marilyn York

Term: 2011 - 2024


Board co-chair

Britton Griffith

Reno Engineering

Term: 2016 - 2024

Marilyn York

Marilyn York Law Office

Britton Griffith

Reno Engineering

Emily Reid

Artist

Stephanie Peterson

Facebook

Margaret Finel

Realtor

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/26/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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