Archive for April, 2013

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Kids Serving Kids

April 26, 2013

WWYBT Affiliate Logo NVOn Wednesday, April 25th, the Symbolic Youth Networking Council (SYNC) of the Symbolic Art Center program at Becker Middle School completed a month long campaign focused on child hunger in Southern Nevada.  With their SYNC the Ship of Child Hunger project, SYNC collected 398 pounds of food that was donated to Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.  NPHY serves thousands of local youth annually who suffer from food and shelter insecurity.

Gina, a staff member at NPHY, had great things to say about SYNC’s efforts.  “The kids did a great job. It was the perfect amount of food to completely restock our food pantry. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as spring is when we start to go through a lot more food and get a lot less donated.”

SYNC students had the support of staff at Symbolic Art Center and United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center, but they are the true stars of the project.  We love seeing kids serving kids in our community!

This project was made possible by a GenerationOn mini-grant as part of their national “What Will You Bring to the Table?” initiative.  Thank you for helping us make an impact in our community, GenerationOn!

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Partnering Up to Make an Impact

April 15, 2013

This post comes from AmeriCorps VISTA member Steven Nichols, who is serving at Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas would like to extend a huge thank you to the Neon Museum & Outside Las Vegas Foundation for involving us in a tour and art workshop. Our Club kids had the opportunity to use their imaginations and create neon signs that would attract visitors to the natural resources and parks in the Las Vegas Valley. Everyone had a great time engaging with the museum and spending some time outside! Both the  Lied Memorial Clubhouse and our Downtown Clubhouse enjoyed their trip and would like to extend a thank you to our Boys & Girls Clubs volunteer and foster grandparent, Ms. Johann for working with us to coordinate this experience. The event was a great success, and an indication that there is an appetite for these types of community programs in the future!

Steven@NeonMuseum

 

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What Will You Bring to the Table?

April 10, 2013

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Did you know that 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. struggles with hunger?  Nevada is no exception.  In fact, over 100,000 students in Clark County School District suffer from food insecurity, not knowing where their next meal will come from.

As part of GenerationOn’s national initiative to raise 1 million meals for kids, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center and Las Vegas nonprofit, Symbolic Art, have teamed up for an awareness campaign and food drive to benefit Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY). The Symbolic Art Youth Networking Council (S.Y.N.C.) has designed, marketed, and coordinated a donation drive that is running for three weeks in April at their host school site, Becker Middle School.

The campaign started with a kick-off event during the students’ Spring Break Camp.  A representative from NPHY shared with the camp group about what child hunger looks like specifically in Southern Nevada.  After learning more about the problem in our community, students worked on a picnic table that will serve as a place to collect donations during their food drive and be given to the NPHY drop-in center, where it will continue to serve Las Vegas youth long after the donation drive is over.

Want to join the fight to end child hunger in Southern Nevada?  Email volunteer@uwsn.org for more information about how you can help out in our community!