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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: Established in 1991, Nevada Public Education Foundation (NPEF) serves as a catalyst for quality education statewide and leverages resources and partnerships to help Nevada's youth become "ready for life" as well as re-engaging those who prematurely left school. As an intermediary organization, Nevada Public Education Foundation convenes local, regional and statewide organizations doing similar work to maximize resources and effort; seeks to consistently measure and improve programs and services; and organizes public and private support to sustain the work and ensure that young people receive the education and resources they need to become productive, contributing members of society.

Results: To date, the Foundation has made a huge impact on Nevada's youth. In addition to collaborating in the recent launch of the Washoe Ready for Life Community Compact, as well as launching a similar collaborative in Clark County this October, the following are just a handful of its initiatives: * Hosted two RFL Nevada Dropout Prevention Summits to improve Nevada’s graduation rate * Created the Nevada Compact to implement goals from the Summits and reflect a shared commitment to education * Supported RFL Southern Nevada's efforts in hosting three Funders Forums to leverage opportunities and maximize impact * Supported local RFL collaboratives in Clark, Washoe, Churchill, Lyon, Storey, Nye and Esmeralda counties * Focused efforts to “graduate all” with short-term goal of 10% increase in the graduation rate by 2013 * In 2010, NPEF connected Clark County School District (CCSD) with United Way of Southern Nevada in response to a high school partnerships grant opportunity presented by AT&T. This connection resulted in a $100,000 grant to plan a family engagement project at five pilot high schools. Upon seeing results from the planning phase, UWSN funders implemented these efforts and plan to support the project for an additional four years. * RFL Southern Nevada worked with the Clark County Continuum of Care to align priorities and reach disconnected youth. As a result of this relationship, the Continuum successfully received a $3.1 million grant to provide housing and wraparound services to homeless youth ages 18-24 through St. Jude’s Ranch for Children project.

Target demographics: Through its Ready for Life (RFL) initiative, the Foundation has created a collaborative cross-agency effort to improve Nevada's success at engaging and graduating "ready for life" students and reengaging those who prematurely left school. Dozens of public and private organizations are partnering in the belief that as they work together, students will be more likely to complete high school and gain appropriate post-secondary education or training to become productive, contributing members of society.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 20,000

Programs: Ready for life is a collaborative cross-agency effort to improve nevada's success at engaging and graduating "ready for life" students and reengaging those who prematurely left school. The funds under this program are used for research, training, technical assistance, and facilitation of collaborations, as well as grants to community collaboratives and partner organizations for planning, capacity building, and direct youth service activities.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nevada Public Education Foundation (NPEF) has proven to be a real asset to the children of Nevada. The work of NPEF to create the Community Compact really brought key members of the northern Nevada community together in a way that has never been done before. The results of this incredible initiative are already coming to fruition and we are excited to see the long-term impact on our schools. I am proud to count NPEF as a strong ally with Washoe County School District as we move forward with our reform agenda.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The NPEF and its Ready for Life movement stepped forward in a huge way to support the Washoe Community Compact and its ME campaign. The Compact, a way for virtually all northern Nevadans to do something through their companies or individually to help schools, kicked off September 7th.The NPEF stepped forward with staff and management to make the Community Compact a reality. Laura Granier and her staff should be commended for learning about the Community Compact, immediately understanding the need and fulfilling it. The result will be more and more Washoe County youth graduating from high school Ready For Life. Many thanks.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On behalf of the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) I would like to express my sincere gratitude to NPEF and its outstanding staff for partnering with us in our Department of Education "GoToCollegeNevada" College Access Challenge Grant program. NPEF's partnership enabled us to bring 40 of our CSN faculty and staff out to 12 Clark County School District high schools and promote multiple career and technical education (CTE) programs and emphasize the importance of going to college to over 13,000 high school students and many of their parents. The successful project was wrirten up in the Nevada System of Higher Education newsletter.

Thank you again, NPEF. We look forward to working with you on future projects.

Sincerely,

Dr. Warren Hioki
College of Southern Nevada
Academic Affairs

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The foundation's role in brining together business, educators and students to discuss Nevada's Dropout Crisis which has l;ead to the Ready for Life initiative is invaluable to the State of Nevada. Keep up the good work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The NVPEF has helped my school receive many needed technology upgrades that we would have not been able to access had it not be for their grants. We are now able to have such engaging items as activexpressions, ipods, and more computers in our own classrooms that allow children more opportunities to advance their skills and abilities. Thank you very much!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

NPEF's leadership in the Ready for Life movement has been excellent. They have been tenacious in stoking the embers of the fire long enough for the stakeholders to "get it". We are on the precipice of the Southern Nevada community taking ownership of Ready for Life Southern Nevada all thanks to NPEF. Their continued championing of this effort will be required for future success, but they are well able to meet this role.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was first exposed to the Ready for Life Program when I was a Board Member of the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition's Committee on Youth. Ready for Life is a great program that helps reach those who have fallen through the cracks of the educational system. The people that work in this organization really care about their mission and approach their work with compassion and commitment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ready for Life is a collaborative cross agency effort that has brought awareness and knowledge to the state of Nevada. Through the utilization of educational, workforce development and service providing agencies, Ready for Life has placed statewide emphasis on closing the achievement gap and preparing Nevada’s youth for college and career readiness. Convened by the Nevada Public Education Foundation in 2005, Ready for Life is now statewide with grass root collaboratives in multiple communities with dozens of public and private organizations partnering to improve Nevada's high school graduation rate. As a national organization, The National Academy Foundation supports and applauds Nevada Public Education Foundation and the Ready for Life collaborative efforts and wins in this arena.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This public education foundation through its Ready for Life program has teamed up with the Reno area Council for Excellence for Education to launch the Community Compact which is already bringing out hundreds of volunteers to help change the culture of education and to respond in any way they can to support schools and/or other non profits help students move toward graduation and prepare for life.. The compact thus far has identified 17 sectors such as service clubs, businesses, fraternal and faith based groups, parents, law enforcement and the judicial system and provides specific tasks they can can commit to during the next year or more. This effort addresses the oft asked question "what can we do to help?' and recognizes the fact that teachers and principals cannot change or improve academic
achievement by themselves.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a 48 year resident of Nevada, twenty year resident of North Las Vegas and a twenty-eight year resident of Las Vegas. I am Byron A. Goynes, son of Theron H. and Naomi D. Goynes namesakes of Theron H. and Naomi D. Goynes Elementary School located in North Las Vegas. My parents are still living and we as a family, a village, are a dedicated education family. My sister, Kimberly Goynes is a Counselor at Arbor View High School and my sister Pamela Goynes-Brown is an Assistant Principal at Jesse Scott Elementary School. I have a cousin Cynthia Ireland who is an Assistant Principal at Cunningham Elementary School. And I am a licensed substitute teacher. We all embrace the Ready for Life movement.
Our youth who are educated and graduated and ready to learn are often ready to go onto college, graduate and become productive members of the Las Vegas and North Las Vegas communities. This organization believes in the ole saying “It takes a village to raise a child”. By connecting youth with adults and peers who “REALLY CARE” makes all the difference in the world. We whole heartedly support the Nevada Public Education Foundation.
Byron Goynes