Provide a Supportive Counseling Community For Emerging Adults
In the United States, 4.9 million youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are out of school and out of work. Many of these young adults drop out of high school, fall into self-destructive behaviors, and experience homelessness and teen pregnancy. They're alone, often orphaned, and aged-out of the the foster care system — they have nowhere to go and no one to turn to. The government's welfare system bridges the gap to tomorrow temporarily but ultimately creates a permanent dependency and a sense of worthlessness and loss of hope for a brighter, self-reliant, and dignified future.
The Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP) is a unique, 100 percent community-funded youth development program. NYEP helps homeless, aged-out, unprepared, and parent-less youth achieve the outcomes desired for older youth and emerging adults, such as high school graduation, employment, college education, independent housing, good citizenry, and avoidance of welfare.
That's not a simple task. Every person comes from a different background and is unique in their strengths and weaknesses. To accomodate and train the wide gamut of individuals and families in its community, NYEP provides a community-first approach, including housing, budget-training and household management mentoring, job skills training, and counseling.
The impact is incredible. NYEP’s results tend to be more qualitative than quantitative — not so much numbers, but names — story after story of transformed lives and renewed hope. In fact, 100 percent of NYEP’s graduates end up living productive, growing, and independent lives — free from the chains of poverty and dependence on welfare.