CREATED Feb. 15, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Being a teenager is hard enough but being a homeless teenager is even worse. Some local men heard a news story about 150 homeless teens at Rancho High School and couldn't believe their ears. They launched a grassroots effort to help those kids called Project 150 and it's now grown to include fifteen Clark County schools.
Harold and Stormy are different ages, genders, and grades but they have something big in common -- these Western High school students need food and clothes. Harold has been living in a shelter the past few months. "Every Friday I get food for the weekend."
Harold and Stormy do have a place they can go for help. A room at their school is stocked with food, clothes, and supplies by group of locals who call themselves Project 150.
Patrick Spargur is one of the founders. "Being in Las Vegas for a long time, we're really a small city and we grew up here and have great childhood memories. We thought it was important. This is our home. This is our community."
The guys who started Project 150 all attended Clark High School. When they heard about the need, they started emailing and Facebooking. Then other Clark alumni came to the rescue. In one week, they managed to raise $10,000 for the students at Rancho.
Patrick jokes, "We were clueless to be honest. The great part was that social media kind of took it viral."
Now, Project 150 is in 15 Clark County schools helping teens like Stormy. "They mean everything to me because without this, I would be struggling so hard. I'm struggling now but not as much because I have this. I have a home. food. shelter, clothes I can come to. Without it I'd be lost."
And that's what Harold tells us too. His family recently moved out of the shelter and into a condo. Project 150 supplied furniture, a bed, and microwave.
Harold says, "I think people who donate to this room are great because they help. A lot of people know about a problem but they don't do anything. The people who donate, show we care actually, you know."
Project 150's founders want to challenge other local alumni to help their schools. What can you do? Volunteer to be the liaison who checks in with your high school once a week to see what they need. Or perhaps you can donate the occasional gift card. It's not overwhelming when everyone chips in. For more information, go to www.project150lv.org