I am proud to be an Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP) graduate.
My Senior year of high school was a very impactful year. I delt with the major transition of high school to college all while struggling with the stress of not having a a place to call home. I was a student working towards an honors degree and needed a safe place that would help support my goal of attending the university the following year.
Finding NYEP has been a true blessing. There I was able to focus all me energies into graduating successfully, transitioning into college, learn skills vital to being fully independent, all in a loving and supportive environment
Since successfully graduating the program I am 11 credits from receiving my bachelors degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, have lived in my own apartment, held a job for nearly 2 and a half years at an office job, and studied oversees.
I know the value of this program in young womens lives because of my personal experience and the ladies I have met go through it along the way. I have grown to care so deeply about this program that I have started a volunteer running group. I encourage you to visit the program and meet the girls who are apart of NYEP and learn exactly what it is that they educated and prepare these young ladies to be successful in. Thank You NYEP for all the help and support you have given me and the help you give to the many other young women in our community!
The Nevada Youth Empowerment Project has been a pivotal organization in my life. For the past three years the staff as well as the girls have been my rock and have helped through some of the roughest times I have ever faced as well as helped me grow into a person I am happy to be. They taught me the skills I needed to live independently when I left to go to college clear across the country and were here for me after my grandfather passed away and I had no where else to go, even after I had graduated the program. They encouraged me to volunteer and contribute within the community has has left a positive impact on those we help. In all honesty, the lessons they have taught me about myself and the way I interact with others have been invaluable and I cannot begin to express my gratitude,
NYEP has been nothing but good for me because they are the kind of people who say what they mean and do what they say! I have been working with them for 2 1/2 years and my life has changed. Not only do I have a mentor that I can count on but the people who work here are passionate about helping our youth and to them it's not just a pay check it more than that. And as a youth in foster care without them I don't where I would be. I love that the program is always working to make a better place for youth in Reno.