Take part in a healthy walk at the Sparks Marina. There will be games for children under the Gazebo and everyone can enjoy popcorn and cotton candy. Details: www.nevaeyc.org/raeyc/
Hop on over to The Legends at Sparks Marina on Easter Sunday, April 20, and run/walk to help support the community projects of Sparks Rotary. Get moving at this family-friendly event and enjoy refreshments at the finish line. Want to dress in costume? The "best dressed" award could be yours! So bring the family, your bunny ears, and running shoes to help support a great cause.
WHAT IS IT? A 5k run/walk for all skill levels, celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Dress in your favorite green attire!
WHEN IS IT? March 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.
WHERE IS IT? The event will take place at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, Nevada.
WHAT'S THE COST? $20 for ages 19 and under/$30 for ages 20 and over (includes a shirt and beer (root beer for kids) from one of our bar/restaurant sponsors!).
WHERE TO SIGN UP? Visit www.aiyevents.com for online registration and additional information.
The City of Sparks, Mayor Martini and Councilwoman Ratti, in conjunction with the Nevada Attorney General, Financial Guidance Center that serves as the administrator of Home Again, and other community partners will host a free and public event educating residents on no-cost resources available to them. This event will highlight new and existing, free resources that are available to assist Nevadans and potentially bring resolution to their current housing situation.
Youth Network Initiative
A community Initiative for Homeless and Runaway Youth and Aging Out Foster Youth. Washoe County School District estimates about 2,300 youth “in transition,” which includes youth living in motels, domestic violence shelters, Kids Cottage, doubled up, or just termed “unaccompanied youth.” You’N-I is a process of convening a wide range of stakeholders to have a conversation about existing services for these youth, their needs, and ways we can help the youth have better outcomes. The goal is to involve the entire community in this cause, building stronger connections and helping leverage new resources as we look beyond quick fixes to identify and support innovative pilot projects focusing on solutions with staying power that can achieve positive long-term results.
Who is involved?
- Youth since they are the ones most affected by or concerned about their situation
- Organizations, agencies, and institutions that provide direct and indirect services
- Those not directly involved but who have resources that when combined with awareness, opportunity, and motivation, may help build sustainable solutions
- Organizations, foundations, and citizens connected with housing, employment, education, and financial resources. And we hope, YOU.
Please invite other people you know who care about this issue. RSVP at 775-333-5499.
You are Invited to the Table!
Why should I be there?
You’ve been identified as a stakeholder. Your input is important to the convening process. Helping youth ages 12-24 is a critical challenge that also presents the community with a great opportunity for significant impact. By uniting people, institutions and resources from throughout the community through You’N-I, we hope to produce significant, widely shared, lasting results.
At this first meeting we will hear from youth about their situation and the challenges they face, and together work to envision how we would like to change and improve.
When: January 14, 2014, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (food will be served)
Where: Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, 2680 E 9th St, Reno
What: Stakeholders’ convening for You’N-I Initiative
You’N-I Initiative - A Community Initiative for Homeless and Runaway Youth, and Aging Out Foster Youth:
According to the “Point in Time” count conducted annually, about 300 youth under age 18 in Washoe County are homeless. This count is considered to be conservative because the count is only conducted in downtown Reno, and reportedly youth under 18 tend to go underground for fear of being picked up by law enforcement. Washoe County School District numbers are higher, counting about 2,300 youth “in transition,” which includes youth living in motels, shelters, domestic violence shelters, Kids Cottage, doubled up, or just termed “unaccompanied youth.” There about 200 youth each year released after detention who are in need of transitional services, meaning that they had no family or guardian to go to upon release.
Youth age 18 and older is a much larger group, including those youth who are aging out of the foster-care system and an even larger number of youth who lack life-skills and family support to reach their goals of employment, education, and independence.
Helping youth ages 12-24 is a critical challenge that also presents the community with a great opportunity for significant impact. By uniting people, institutions and resources from throughout the community through the Youth Network Initiative—You’N-I, we hope to produce significant, widely shared, and lasting results.
The You’N-I Initiative is a process of convening a wide range of stakeholders to have a conversation about existing services for these youth, the needs they have, and identify ways we help the youth have better outcomes. The goal is to involve the entire community in this cause, building stronger connections and helping assemble and leverage new resources as we look beyond quick fixes to identify and support innovative pilot projects, focusing on solutions with staying power that can achieve positive long-term results.
The primary stakeholders are the youth since they are the ones most affected by or concerned about their situation. Other primary stakeholders are organizations, agencies, and institutions that provide direct and indirect services. Many stakeholders are not directly involved but have resources that when combined with awareness, opportunity, and motivation, may help build sustainable solutions; stakeholders include organizations, foundations, and citizens connected with housing, employment, education, and financial resources. Anyone can be a stakeholder.
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada will serve the role of convener, ensuring the opportunity to participate to all stakeholders, with a fundamental commitment to diverse participation and fairness in a process that is respectful and transparent. The Foundation will guide the process under the leadership of a Steering Committee that will plan and conduct the Stakeholder Convenings, critiquing the results, organizing the stakeholder ideas and information, and planning the next steps (questions to be asked). Resident engagement as stakeholders, including participation by youth, is key to the process. Along the way the Steering Committee will seek to identify and implement some of the stakeholder ideas, but the larger, more impactful benefits will ultimately be implemented by the stakeholders.
For the 23rd year, KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling program begins the day after Christmas at three locations for residents ready to recycle their trees: Bartley Ranch Regional Park and Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, and Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks. The drop-off will be at a new location – in the Pagoda parking lot – at Rancho San Rafael this year.
“Our volunteers look forward to this program every year,” said Jaime Souza, program manager at Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). “Everyone is in the holiday spirit, and you come home smelling like Christmas trees. But with about 10,000 people recycling trees every year, we always need more help.”
Locations will be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014, and groups or individuals who are interested in volunteering can sign up at ktmb.org/volunteer. Trees must be free of any decorations, tinsel, lights, stands, and not flocked (covered in fake snow).
A $3 donation is asked to cover the cost of the program, and every donation is matched dollar for dollar again this year by the NV Energy Foundation. Recycled trees are chipped into mulch, and used year-round for weed- and erosion-abatement projects. Residents can also pick up free mulch at Bartley Ranch and Rancho San Rafael after the program is over.
KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling program is open to residents only, and no commercial drop-offs will be accepted. Commercial tree lots are encouraged to contact RT Donovan (Sparks) or Full Circle Compost (Minden) for disposal of excess trees.
In 2014, KTMB will celebrate 25 years of stewardship in the Truckee Meadows, and Christmas Tree Recycling is the sixth event in KTMB’s 25for25 Silver Celebration (#25for25). KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling is sponsored by NV Energy and is coordinated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful in partnership with the cities of Reno and Sparks, City of Reno Urban Forestry, City of Sparks Parks and Recreation, Washoe County, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, Sierra and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Districts, Waste Management, YP, Allied Nevada Gold, Barrick Gold Corporation, IGT, Nevada State Bank, Signature Landscapes, Sun Valley General Improvement District, Tholl Fence, Washoe County Health District, Wells Fargo, 100.1 The X, and numerous volunteer groups and individuals.