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 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.