PROJECT SOLUTION NEWS RELEASE – Del E. Webb Foundation awarded $16,000 to Project Solution to support the “YES (Youth Entrepreneurial Skills) Program. This program’s mission is to introduce, encourage, and engage young people ages 11-22 in entrepreneurial opportunities that foster job skills through hands-on experiences. The non-profit Project Solution has developed a 3-phase program specifically geared to the children and youngsters that attend this after school program in central Reno, which will teach the key characteristics of business, leadership and professionalism. The Del E. Webb Foundation’s generous grant will provide the classroom equipment and rewards for Phase I.
Lawrence Johnson, President of Dell E. Webb Foundation said, “We funded this project because it is important to us that there are people like Palkin that have a passion for the youth and serving the community. She is working so hard to serve this much needed population and she is doing it well.”
The YES program is receiving support from University of Nevada, Reno’s Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program. Professor Ted Olsen and students of the “Social Entrepreneurship” are leading the development for the 1st phase of the program, the “Token Economy”. Youth will learn basic skills for their future employment as well as the importance of banking, savings, and the concept of interest. They will earn Tokens for assisting with the running of the Bresson Avenue facility, gardening and mentoring younger students.
“It is important for the University and the MBA students to give back to the community with their skills and passion. I was delighted to have the opportunity to support the youth of Northern Nevada by supporting Project Solution and the YES Program.” Said Ted Olsen.
Project Solution is seeking volunteers, nonperishable foods, and toy donations to support and propel the YES Program. Volunteers are also needed for tutoring and homework help.
Project Solution is a safe haven and after school care facility providing free meals, educational and recreational resources, mentorship and creative outlets, to homeless youth, children leaving foster care, and at-risk youth. Its 2.5-acre facility is located in the heart of Reno, Nevada. Project Solution has been in operation since 2000 serving young people aged 6-22.
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