RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - December 28:
Nevada Youth Empowerment Project has been around ten years, and provides housing and skills for 17- to 24-year-old females.
The shelter just raised its age from 21 to match the "HUD" definition and meet the growing need in Reno. It also conducts the annual homeless youth count each January, determining the number of homeless teens and young adults in our community.
NYEP's programs focus on bringing women out of poverty. For instance, the Community Living Program teaches how to budget and grocery shop.
Housing Programs Manager Jeanine Moreland says, "'NYEP is a comprehensive housing program for young women who don't have the skills or support to live successfully on their own. We provide many services here. We focus on education completion, living wage jobs, avoidance of poverty, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, time management so just lots of stuff. Very holistic."
NYEP is 100-percent community funded, and relies on community donations. Aside from financial, NYEP needs tampons and toiletries. It's also hoping for a vehicle large enough to transport 15 people.