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September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

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.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 29, 2011

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September 29, 2011

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.
September 29, 2011

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September 29, 2011

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

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The given CACGP project, Department of Ed nationwide initiative to incease the number of high school students going to college.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of staff.

September 29, 2011

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September 29, 2011

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!
September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011

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!!
September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their daily commitment as a driving force behind Ready for Life Nevada.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funding is probably the go to answer for most non-profits. I would diversify/strengthen their role as an educational systems best practice champion/advisor/watchdog.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Their vision for an educated and prepared workforce populated by connected young people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011

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.

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SNRPC Committee on Youth

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None at this time.

September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011

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.

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Yes

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NONE

September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with this group to introduce the Community Compact

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them raise additional dollars to expand their efforts.

September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011

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

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Keeping their mission alive.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask that teachers be able to join NPEF in part-time paid roles.

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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.