United Way helps Southern Nevada youth through various programs
AmeriCorps volunteers with Mayor Carolyn Goodman Photo: Image by COURTESY PHOTO
United Way of Southern Nevada is actively engaging teens in Southern Nevada by offering them volunteering and service opportunities along with helping them to graduate by engaging families and providing services, support and guidance to meet on-time graduation requirements.
To actively encourage and recognize high school students living in Clark County for their engagement in community service and volunteerism, United Way facilitates the Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience (NGAGE) program.
Participating students are exposed to volunteer opportunities designed and suited for their age group. Students track their volunteerism over the course of each year they are in school. Students who graduate with a minimum of 400 hours are recognized with a unique graduation cord that can be worn during their commencement ceremony and students who volunteer at least 100 hours a year are invited to the special recognition program held each spring.
Through the AmeriCorps national service program, teens of all ages, backgrounds, and educational levels have an opportunity to give back to their community. AmeriCorps members gain new and useful skills, advance their education, and become more connected to their communities. AmeriCorps members engage in variety of activities which include providing homework help, managing after-school activities, providing awareness to decrease substance abuse, educating residents about free health services and connecting students to services such as financial assistance, bus passes, clothing, and employment.
We support five local high school United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council Family Engagement Resource Centers at Eldorado, Clark, Sunrise Mountain, Western and Silverado helping students at risk of not graduating and their families to achieve greater engagement, support and resources in order to meet on-time graduation requirements.