Nevada Street Teens is an exceptional organization in the way it runs its daily operations and manages its finances. The executive director is a caring individual, an amazing grant writer and conservative manager of resources. She is able to write successful grant proposals due to the interaction she has with the youth and can share real stories with potential donors. Other organizations often lose touch with those they serve but Street Teens is large enough to be effective and small enough to maintain contact with its beneficiaries; while maintaining contact with those who have improved their circumstances.
I learned of Street Teens' work back when they operated out of a van to minister to homeless teens in the Las Vegas area (late 1990''s, I believe).The gravely needed support Lisa's team now provides is thanks to all the contributors, both great and small (like me) ,who know the value of being loved unconditionally. The young adults who drop into Street Teens see the unfettered devotion that all the ST volunteers share every day. God love you all!!!! Amy
My experience at Street Teens began in 2003. A friend told me about this amazing organization that opened its doors every evening to help the homeless you in the Las Vegas Valley. I was touched by the work they were doing. I completed the volunteer training and started helping out. The nights I was there we helped an average of about 25 youth per evening. Street Teens provides the simple things that mean so much to those youth, and it was so rewarding to be a part of the organization. I later organized a group of my co-workers to visit the center and mentor the youth on job seeking skills. Street Teens gives back to the community every night of every year and I am honored to be associated with such a dedicated group of people.
I am now 30 years old, in law school, and raising 3 children. I have a beautiful house and 3 beautiful dogs. I am a responsible grown adult. When I was 15 I became homeless. I remained that way on and off for about 7 years. When I was about 17 I got pregnant. Neither me or my daughter would be here today if it wasn't for the love and support I received from the caring volunteers at street teens. I am so grateful for this organization.
As the co-founder of Street Teens, i am extremely proud of the staff and organization as a whole for the difference they have made in Las Vegas . Street Teens was created to help at risk youth in the community and i am so grateful that the integrity my husband, David Mereaux, dreamed of has been maintained throughout the years. Our focus has always been and will continue to be, to help those in need with the assistance of the generous Las Vegas community.
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I just love Street Teens! it was in 2003 that I started volunteering there. I started at the old location and we had sometimes up to 20 kids coming in each night. I can't imagine what these kids would have done if Street Teens was not there. There is such a great need for this type of organization. It meant a great deal to me to know that they were getting a hot meal, a hot shower, clothing, resources to help them find jobs, a place to rest their head, food, toiletries and an ear to just listen. These kids became family. All the people that are associated with this organization have their hearts fully into these kids as I did. I became a donor and to this day will volunteer or help in any way needed to help these kids that have to live on the streets in Las Vegas. They are now in a newer location which is very nice for the kids. We need to come together as a community and help. If you are looking to find a place to make a difference, please think of Street Teens. You will not be sorry and you will put a huge smile on a teens face.
I started as a donor, I began enjoying time also as a volunteer. Throughout the years I have referred many associates and friends to join this wonderful non profit. I have always made a personal committment to at least reach one out of 100. The clents that StreetTeens is able to reach is countless, year after year. It would be easier to close the doors and walk away, however, the leadership for Street Teens has been ongoing and consistent. I am proud to refer friends and associates to this organization.
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Without street teens I wouldn't be alive today let alone the woman I am today. I am a veteran and a mom of four and In school for nursing. I owe my life to the services I received at street teens. I would highly recommend this place but sadly the people who need this service do not have the power to look up reviews.
I have been volunteering for Street Teens in some capacity for years now, and I can't think of a better place to donate my time, money, and resources. The youths they serve are being taught skills they wouldn't otherwise learn, and they are being given a chance to improve their lives in a meaningful and empowering way. To mimic a previous comment, I am a third year student at the William S. Boyd School of Law and a colleague of the student mentioned below who was supported by Street Teens when things got tough. She is a brilliant woman and less than a year away from becoming an attorney in Nevada. She's giving back to her community; paying it forward. All in all, every organization is going to have a few people that think they know how to run things better, but this particular organization has definite results that validate all of the hard work of the volunteers and staff.
I began volunteering for this fantastic organization in December 2001, under founder, David Mereaux, who passed away in July 2002. I currently serve as President and I am proud to say that we run a very "tight ship"; 84 cents of every donation dollar is expended on direct services for the homeless and at-risk youth we serve every day of every week over the last 12 years! Just 16 cents is expended on operations activities.
I am proud of my hard working, dedicated fellow board members; a small business owner, banker, METRO police department detective, high school teacher and retired UMC employee. Our executive director has been tirelessly running our business since 2003.
I can say that there was NOTHING more rewarding than attending graduation ceremonies at UNLV for Pandora who completed her studies in under 4 years and is currently attending the Boyd School of Law! And, in June 2013, I ran into Rooster at Costco in Henderson. When we hugged, he apologized for being sweaty from work! He has gained weight and looks incredibly healthy and happy. He said he was considering coming back to Street Teens as a volunteer! The work we do IS LIFE CHANGING!
Our doors will remain open every night of every week . . . whether we have 1 homeless teenager or 50.
I am a former volunteer and board member. Members of the public, volunteers, donors, were always allowed to attend board meetings (except during portions that were "closed" to protect confidential information, as all boards must do). Street Teens is run by committed, caring people who are doing their best to help homeless and at-risk youth. I have never met a group of people who always go above and beyond to try to do what is right. I met many youth whose lives were changed by this organization.
I find it sad that almost half of the income taken in goes out in salaries and most of that is to the director. I notice that she also received a $3,000 raise in these financially trying times and I wonder who is authorizing this action.
In 2010 I worked there and was not allowed to attend the board meetings, donors also were not. I have been told that since moving into their new building they have been averaging 5 to 8 clients PER DAY , certainly not the amount they claim. It's a great idea, but over paying for staff and overstating amount served is not right.
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