Grant to fund Leaders in Training program |

Grant to fund Leaders in Training program

Six Boys & Girls Clubs within the Silver State Alliance recently received a United Way grant for their Leaders in Training program.

The clubs involved in the program are South Lake Tahoe, Reno, Elko, Carson City, Mason Valley and the North Shore. The grant will allow these clubs to share best practices, as well as leverage collective resources. Participants from each club will attend trainings and build a network within the program. Combined, the chapters received $100,000 from the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra, $14,000 of which was given to the South Lake Tahoe chapter.

“This was such a great collaboration … we’re all under the umberlla Boys & Girls Club, but we’re all funded individually,” said Karen Houser, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe. “We’ll use collective resources to deliver the program, for training kids, using best practices, supporting each other. For the kids, there’s a commonality in that they belong to the Boys & Girls Club, and now meet kids in other clubs, like Reno.”

The LIT program in South Lake Tahoe will target sixth- through 12th-grade students and encourage leadership development, job readiness and information about staying on track for college. The value of community service, both at the club and through other service-learning projects througout the community, will also be discussed.

“We were pleased to have received a large number of applications from partner agencies and the collaborations they formed,” Karen Barsell, CEO and president of UWNNS, stated in a press release from United Way. “We were also delighted that many of the collabortaions and applications crossed over county border to benefit multiple regions of northern Nevada and the Sierra. This process was proof that our region’s nonprofits were looking for strategic ways to work together for the betterment of our collective communities.”

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