Posts Tagged ‘Youth’

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Torino Foundation Looking for Camp Counselors

May 10, 2013
Make summer memorable for you and a special child! 

Camp I AMWith the help of the community, every summer Torino Foundation provides camp programs for hundreds of children with special needs.  This year, there are even more children that could benefit from the healing and personal growth that happens by going to camp.  Whether they are critically ill or living with a life altering condition, all children deserve the opportunity to feel normal.

CAMP IMAGINECamps are available throughout the summer, so be sure to check out all the amazing opportunities to volunteer.  Camp time commitment for counselors is: 1-day training in Las Vegas prior to camp start date, 4-day/3-night (camping) commitment. Commitment for activity specialists is 1 – 4 Days depending on the activity.

The 2013 Torino Foundation Camp program schedule:

Camp I AM – June 20-23 
Program for children with Autism.

Camp Imagine – July 5-7
Program for blind/visually impaired individuals.

Camp Heart & Sole – July 11-14
Program for children at risk of heart disease.

Camp Cartwheel 1 – July 17-20
A Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation program for critically ill children.

Camp Cartwheel 2 – July 24-27
A Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation program for critically ill children

Camp TLC – August 1-4
Program for children with Autism.

Camp Some More – August 9-11
Program for mothers and children affected by domestic violence.


The Torino Foundation is looking for Camp Counselors age 21+

and Activity Specialists age 18+  

   No experience is required

Click here to download the Volunteer Application.

If you have questions or need additional information contact volunteers@torinofoundation.org

Completed applications can be emailed to volunteers@torinofoundation.org, faxed to 702-258-6040, or mailed to the Torino Foundation office at 4455 Wagon Trail Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89118.  (originals are not necessary).

Together We Can Make 2013 AMAZING!

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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!

 

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Teen Volunteer Recognition- Deadline April 1st!

February 28, 2013

NGAGE is a program designed to encourage and recognize volunteerism among Clark County high school students.

As part of United Way of Southern Nevada’s NGAGE: Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience program, Clark County teens will be recognized for their outstanding service to the community through volunteerism this April.  High school students from around Clark County who regularly volunteer in their community are encouraged to be a part of this recognition program.  Students who have volunteered 100 hours or more between April 2012-March 2013 will receive special recognition at the annual recognition celebration at The Fashion Show mall on April 18th.  Graduating seniors will earn a special community service graduation cord.

Check out information about NGAGE on 8 News Now’s Community Pride website.

Do you know a teen volunteer who deserves recognition for their contributions to the community?  Encourage them to sign up for NGAGE!  The deadline to submit volunteer hours for this year is APRIL 1st at 5pm.  To sign up for NGAGE and download the timesheet, click here.  

Questions?  Email Blythe at United Way of Southern Nevada.

NGAGE is sponsored by United Way of Southern Nevada; Clark County School District; 8 News Now and their Community Pride Partners:  NV EnergyFindlay Automotive Group and Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez; and The Fashion Show mall.

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Celebrate Read Across America Day!

February 22, 2013

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Next Friday, March 1st, is Read Across America Day and there are many ways to share the love of reading with youth in the Las Vegas Valley!  Check out these opportunities:

“Seussical” Ooblick  with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas at First Friday

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas volunteer program presents a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration activity and informational booth for First Friday of Las Vegas. The booth’s purpose is to educate the community on ways to become involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas as well as be introduced to our arts program. During the First Friday activity families and volunteers will have the ability to create Ooblick in a very “Seussical” science activity, as well as hosting a corner area where volunteers and children will be encouraged to read the stories of Dr.Seuss with a microphone in honor of his birthday month.  Come out and participate in the event at 7:00 pm in the Kids’ Corner First Friday pavilion.

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Reading Week Readers at M.J. Christensen Elementary School

Celebrate Reading Week by volunteering at M.J. Christensen Elementary School as a guest reader!  Take a break from your day to volunteer for a 30 minute interval between 9:00-3:00pm during the week.  In those 30 minutes, you’ll help further lifelong learning and the enjoyment of reading with a classroom of students.  Volunteers will read to children in their classes and help count reading tickets.  Click here to see availability and sign up!

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NGAGE Fall Service Project

November 2, 2012

What better way to spend a fall afternoon than to volunteer?  Just ask the high school students who participated in the NGAGE: Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience fall service project last week.  We had a great time teaming up with Clean the World Foundation and sorted two pallets of donated toiletries from local hotels that will be sanitized and recycled into hygiene kits that are distributed around the globe.  These high school volunteers are awesome workers!

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NGAGE: Next Generation Actively Gaining Experience is an initiative of United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center that encourages and recognizes high school volunteerism.  Students from around Southern Nevada track their volunteer hours to be honored at our annual recognition ceremony in April.  Students who volunteer 100 hours each year receive special recognition, and seniors who complete 100 hours can earn a community service graduation cord.  For more information about NGAGE or to get involved, check out the Volunteer Center website or contact Blythe Cherney at blythec@uwsn.org.