Streetsmart 4 Youth has four Charity Partners in 2016. 100% of the proceeds from Streetsmart 4 Youth will be granted equally between the four partners. The Charity Partners were chosen from an application pool of proposals submitted to the You’N-I Steering Committee. The selection committee is composed of community volunteers not affiliated with the applying charitable organizations. Nonprofit organizations helping young people ages 12 – 24 who are vulnerable to homelessness are homeless or struggling are welcome to apply for Streetsmart 4 Youth 2017 in spring 2017. Information will be published in early 2017.
The Eddy House
The Eddy House operates the YOUth Resource Center (The YOU) as a drop-in resource center that provides care, comfort, and community social services to youth ages 12-21. Homeless or at-risk youth can come to the YOU, take showers, get clothing, rest, and eat a snack. Additionally, the YOU brings in contracted vendors from the community to provide over a dozen individual and group therapy sessions such as Anger Management; Addiction Counseling; Mindfulness; and Women’s Group. Youth can meet with a nurse for a check-up; receive dental services; sign-up for SNAP/Medicaid; secure food; and get a haircut. The YOU is also working with TMCC to gain access to GED and Vocational Certificate programs.
Funds will be used to provide care, comfort, and resources for homeless, aged-out foster youth and at-risk young people at the Eddy House YOUth Resource Center (the YOU).
Planned Parenthood Mare Monte
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM) provides low-cost, high-quality reproductive health services and high-quality sex education. In all cases, we emphasize compassion, trust, and convenience. Their doors are open to everyone, regardless of income. About 74% of PPMM’s patients have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level. The medical services provided at our Health Center in Reno include breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control options, well-woman care; pregnancy testing and options education; rapid HIV testing; sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment; Vaginal infections/ urinary tract infections testing and treatment, colposcopy and transgender services.
Medically accurate, evidenced-based education and outreach services to youth and young adults (12-24) who are at an increased risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs and will be provided with the Streetsmart 4 Youth funding.
The Ridge House
Ridge House provides comprehensive wrap-around services to youth over the age of 18 who are homeless or aged out of foster care and are seeking sobriety. We have two residential living facilities to youth in recovery, ages 18 – 24; the Josh Montoya Program for young men, and the Jane Aubrey Program for young women. Youth can live in one of these facilities while they are mastering the skills of life in recovery from addiction and mental health disorders.
Funds will support programs at the Josh Montoya and Jane Aubrey houses to assist youth in long-term recovery form alcohol and other addictions.
Washoe County School District – Children in Transition
Through the McKinney-Vento Act, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) Children in Transition (CIT) program offers guidelines that ensure that schools provide homeless students with stability, security, and a safe place to learn. The WCSD CIT program provides comprehensive services for 3,550 children from birth through 12th grade. Homeless liaisons work with schools and families to identify and address basic needs. The goal of the CIT Department is to ensure all children identified as homeless receive support to eliminate barriers to education to keep them engaged in school and have the resources needed to succeed
School supplies, bus passes, and school fees (sports, music, clubs, and other activities) will be purchased to support homeless children in the school district.