United Way of Southern Nevada recognizes and applauds the accomplishments and efforts of this dynamic group of young philanthropists. These leaders are passionate about creating lasting change in alignment with United Way’s community-based agenda goals focusing on Education, Health and Financial Stability.
Young Philanthropists Society is a membership group of financial contributors who are committed through resources and time to give back to their community through philanthropic efforts, advocacy and volunteerism.
Members of the Young Philanthropists Society benefit by increasing their community involvement, understanding the non-profit agenda and engaging in meaningful experiences that will prepare them for community leadership.
To make a difference in children’s lives through volunteerism, mentorship and events by harnessing the energy, commitment and diverse skills sets of the next generation of leaders.
- Young Philanthropists enjoy a full roster of educational, social, and service events designed to help them improve their leadership skills and expand their personal and professional contacts. These include:
- Leadership Roundtable Lunches with high level business and community leaders
- Business networking
- Volunteer and social opportunities
- Recognition in the HEROES publication
- Special Communications
YPS In The Community
Launched on Oct. 5, 2012, YPS created the “Piggy Bank” program as an innovative, real-world solution to teach the students at Walter Bracken Elementary School how to save and be financially responsible. A collaboration between UWSN, YPS, Walter Bracken Elementary School, Junior Achievement, Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU), Andson Foundation and various volunteers, the “Piggy Bank” program includes financial literacy curriculum and a kid-friendly bank with a bank teller counter, a TV to showcase each classroom’s savings and decals on the walls with money saving tips.
The only program of its kind in Nevada for elementary school children, the “Piggy Bank” helps children to learn how to save and make smart financial decisions at an early age so that growing up they are armed with the knowledge of the importance of saving. The “Piggy Bank” program inspired the children to save over $42,000 from October 2012 to May 2014.
In January 2015, YPS extends this program to more children with the introduction of the second “Piggy Bank” at Hollingsworth Elementary.
YPS has been a long time friend and supporter of Hollingworth Elementary. This year, YPS again will offer the children of the school a very special Holiday Party. Every child will receive an age appropriate gift and will be reminded that someone out there cares about them. YPS will also host monthly birthday parties for children whose birthdays fall in that month. Birthday parties can be an expensive endeavor for families, and as such, YPS has stepped up to ensure every child feels special on their birthday.
Learning Program for children with Down’s Syndrome
This year YPS expands their reach into the community by their partnership with the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada via the Learning Program, designed to deliver evidence based educational support to children, parents and teachers in the areas of literacy and math. Offered throughout the school year, this program provides additional individualized instruction to children and their caregivers, so that their needs are met and they have the greatest chances for success. YPS’ partnership allows this valuable program to double their capacity and allows for a second age group, 7-8 year olds, to also receive this critical support.
Sports and Nutrition for children
YPS’ commitment to children and their health powers Desert Reign’s Sports and Nutrition Camps for children, expanding current capacity to reach in total over 2500 children in 2014. Camps provide immersion into physical activity and fitness as well as the ABC’s of proper nutrition and healthy eating. These camps aid in helping children succeed cognitively, socially and athletically.
Books & Buddies
A multi-generational reading program that connects all ages to grow the love of reading, Books and Buddies helps facilitate reading and literacy in the home. YPS’ support of this program in conjunction with Spread the Word Nevada allows for expansion of this program to reach an additional 150 at-risk children. Through mentoring, book supplies, and comprehension inquiry, post-test results demonstrate the effectiveness of this important program.
Executive Members ($2,500)
Edward Koijane | Jeffrey D. Mitchell | Robert Murray | Eugene Outley | Geoff Spataro | 1 Anonymous
General Members ($1,500)
Amber Beason | Michael Brown | Briana Courts | Monica Habart | Kimberly Hopps | Kylee Knight | Tom Kovach | Michelle Lindsay | Jill Maradiaga | Christopher Mays | Tim McGovern | Kelly McNamara | Tim Olson | Mathew D. Reid | Rebecca Risse | Scott Savarda | Michael Schuler | 1 Anonymous
|Co-Chair Emeritus||Michael Santos|
|Vice Chair||Justin Micatrotto|
|Project Funding Committee Chair||Timara Marquis|
|Membership & Outreach Committee Chair||Jordan Sacca|
|Piggy Bank & Volunteer Committee Chairs||Chelsie Campbell & Justin Micatrotto|
|Communication Committee Chair||Tivona Betz|
Become A Young Philanthropist Society Member:
The Young Philanthropists Society is open to professionals who:
- Want to connect and make a difference in their community
- Invest $1,500 minimum annually (general membership) or $2,500 minimum annually (executive membership)
- Volunteer their time and talent
General Membership | Invest minimum $1,500 annually
- Receive listing recognition in the annual United Way HEROES publication
- Eligible to participate as a member of one of the YPS committees or serve as co-chair
- Eligible to participate in YPS functions
- Act as ambassadors at United Way and YPS functions and events
Executive Committee Membership | Invest $2,500 annually
- Receive photo and name recognition in the annual United Way HEROES publication
- Eligible to participate as a member of one of the YPS committees or serve as co-chair
- Act as hosts at United Way functions and YPS events
- Invited to attend Executive Committee meetings and provide input on the direction of YPS
- Receive the opportunity to vote on YPS funding opportunities
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The Piggy Bank – Wednesday or Friday Mornings
Calling all YPS members….come see your dollars in action and help children save at The Piggy Bank! Volunteers help greet the children, hand out stickers and high-fives, and check to make sure that the kids have their deposits ready for the tellers. Volunteer opportunities are available at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy as well as Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary on Wednesdays. Do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity to interact with children like Fikreabe, one of the many lives changed through your YPS membership!
Please email Hector Lizaola at HectorL@uwsn.org to sign up on the following dates:
- Walter Bracken STEAM Academy – Fridays at 8:30am
Map & directions to Walter Bracken STEAM Academy here.
- Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School – Wednesdays at 8:00am
Map & directions to Hollingsworth Elementary here.
Please email Hector Lizaola at HectorL@uwsn.org for more Piggy Bank volunteer opportunities.
Nevada Reading Week | March 2nd-6th, 2015
Nevada Reading Week will take place March 2nd-6th, and it is a perfect time to showcase the magic of reading for Nevada’s children. Spread the Word Nevada, a YPS partner agency through the Books & Buddies program, is looking for YPS readers to motivate youngsters during this fun-filled week by visiting classrooms and volunteering to read to the children for one hour. As a volunteer, you will read one or two stories with the classes; share a little info about yourself, your hobbies, your job, and why you love to read. It is a wonderful way to open the world of opportunity for these elementary school children through books, reading, and a little “career fair”. To participate, please contact Laurie Hartig at Laurie@spreadthewordnevada.org with your preferred date, time and location!
DSOSN Buddy Walk | May 9th, 2015 at 8:00am
Mark your calendars for the annual Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada Buddy Walk on Saturday, May 9th at 11:00am! The Buddy Walk is an advocacy walk in which people who have Down Syndrome invite “buddies” to walk with them. DSOSN is a partner agency currently funded in part through YPS via the Learning Program, designed to deliver evidence based educational support to children, parents and teachers in the areas of literacy and math. The goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote acceptance and inclusion of persons who have Down Syndrome. YPS is be a proud sponsor of the event and will be forming a walk team. Evite and details to come!
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