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Carson City
Nevada 89701
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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

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: This person could provide a mentoring, tutoring or job shadow experience for struggling youth OR assist with event planning and communications. The possibilities are endless when it comes to empowering youth to be Ready for Life. If you're in Washoe County, go to www.readyforlifenv.org, choose your community sector or sectors, and commit to elevating youth through specific activities.

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.

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09/30/11
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... more »
09/29/11
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 ... more »
09/29/11
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 ... more »
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This person could provide a mentoring, tutoring or job shadow experience for struggling youth OR assist with event planning and communications. The possibilities are endless when it comes to empowering youth to be Ready for Life. If you're in Washoe County, go to www.readyforlifenv.org, choose your community sector or sectors, and commit to elevating youth through specific activities.

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