Boys and Girls Clubs offer distance learning locations in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — All 13 Clubhouses re-opened valley-wide on Aug. 24 and currently have spaces available for families in need of distance learning support and/or afterschool enrichment activities.
Clubhouses serve youth, ages 6-18 (grades 1-12), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada (BGCSNV) offer a safe environment where children can learn, have fun, and develop supportive relationships with peers and caring adults.
Youth attendance provides parents the ability to work, run errands, and have respite time to recharge.
Services are available all-day or after-school.
During the school day, BGCSNV staff assists students with platform access and hands-on academic support.
Youth with laptops or tablets can access secure Wi-Fi networks, while those without will have access to on-site technology (mix of desktops, tablets, and laptops) in order to help kids maintain academic progress.
The great news is that all the Clubhouses still offer traditional before and after school programming.
Membership and attendance fees are affordable. Financial assistance is available for eligible families and when approved, allows children to attend at little or no cost.
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Health Plan of Nevada, Joined by Special Guest Johnathan Abram of the Las Vegas Raiders, Support Virtual Learning Needs with Laptop Donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 15, 2020) – Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), joined by special guest Johnathan Abram of the Las Vegas Raiders and Johnathan’s Journey For Better Foundation, today unveiled 90 new Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 laptops, headsets with microphones, along with three 30-laptop charging stations to support the remote learning needs of students who are members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.
As schools remain closed due to the global pandemic, it’s important that students have access to the vital technology required to participate in their schools’ remote learning effort.
Health Plan of Nevada unveiled the Lenovo laptops to a group of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada students alongside community leaders, elected officials and special guest Johnathan Abram.
“Access to the right technology is essential to support students during this unprecedented pandemic. Health Plan of Nevada is pleased to be able to contribute to the community in this way,” stated Shaun Schoener, Vice President, Sales and Account Management, Health Plan of Nevada. “These are extraordinary times in our local communities and in health care. We remain committed to supporting important efforts that benefit the health and wellness of our members, families and students.”
The $20,000 donation supports the purchase and distribution of 30 new Lenovo Yoga 2 in 1 Laptops, headsets with microphones, and 30-laptop charging stations to three (3) local Boys & Girls Clubs.
“When I started Johnathan’s Journey For Better, I wanted to encourage children and families to never be discouraged by the circumstances life has handed them,” stated Johnathan Abram of the Las Vegas Raiders. “I want to thank Health Plan of Nevada for recognizing the specific challenges of remote learning affecting students from Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and rising to the occasion by donating the technology needed to help them succeed this school year. It will take all of us to better this community and this is important step as I look to spread positivity and real change in my new home of Las Vegas.”
“At the start of the school year, it was estimated that approximately 50,000 children across Southern Nevada did not have access to connectivity or the proper equipment to support their distance learning needs. Without the support of our community partners, like Health Plan of Nevada, we would not be able to support those students with the greatest needs that otherwise would not have access to necessary technology required for virtual learning,” stated Andy Bischel, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.
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Wynn Resorts helps employees struggling with child care issues
With many parents facing challenges with child care and distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, one Strip casino company is among businesses that have stepped up to help.
Wynn Resorts has contracted with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada to provide supervised virtual learning spaces for up to 400 children of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore employees.
The program, free to employees, is open to children ages 6 to 10 at Boys and Girls Clubs locations around Las Vegas.
Wynn is offering the assistance as more than 300,000 students in Clark County have resumed classes remotely while public school buildings remain closed.
The situation has provided a significant obstacle for many families, especially those with young students: Having someone at home to supervise.
“One of my primary goals in 2020 has been to find solutions that help ease those moments of confusion and anxiety for our team,” Matt Maddox, CEO for Wynn Resorts, said in a statement.
Andy Bischel, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Las Vegas, said the organization, which has 13 locations, is “just trying to figure out how to better service kids and families here in the valley.”
The virtual classrooms are open to any children, based on availability, for about $15 a day.
Bischel recently walked through two virtual classrooms at the organization’s club on South Lindell Road, a few minutes west of the Strip.
About a dozen first-grade students in one classroom sat at socially distanced desks, using laptop computers and headphones for their lessons. All the children were wearing mandatory face masks.
“We really want to be there for the working families that don’t have options right now,” Bischel said.
Wynn isn’t the only Strip gaming company offering help to employees with child care issues.
MGM Resorts International has arranged employee discounts for child care, tutoring and technology support, a company spokeswoman said.
“We understand this is a fluid and stressful situation for working parents,” MGM said in a company statement. “Our goal is to be part of the solution. As the school year progresses, we will continue to explore possible solutions and understand the developing needs.”
Caesars Entertainment employees get a discount at KinderCare facilities nationwide, according to a spokeswoman for the gaming company.
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Nevada COVID-19 Task Force, Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, Communities In Schools, and The Public Education Foundation Launch “Connecting Kids” To Provide All Kids with Equal Access to Virtual Learning
Chair Jim Murren and Elaine Wynn Lead Community Efforts to Close the Technology Gap Among Students Who Currently do not Have Access to the Internet or a Device.
Las Vegas, NV — The Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, Communities In Schools Nevada, and The Public Education Foundation have joined forces and announced today the introduction of “Connecting Kids,” a statewide community coalition formed to ensure that all students across the state of Nevada have equal access to virtual learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
Beginning with the Clark County School District and expanding to all school districts across the state, the community coalition is committed to getting all students online and connected to their school. To achieve this goal and reach all 312,000 students within the district, CCSD has created a brief survey for all families to answer which can be found at www.ccsd.net/survey. Additionally, The Family Support Center through an innovative partnership with Cox Communications and CCSD has been established to connect every qualified CCSD student to the internet, subsidized by CCSD. The Family Support Center can be reached at 888-616-2476 and will have English and Spanish speaking operators available Monday – Saturday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, beginning Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
Services have also been established outside of Clark County to meet this need. Families living in other school districts throughout Nevada are encouraged to contact school administrators or visit ConnectingKidsNV.org to gain additional information regarding how to gain access to virtual learning.
“Every child deserves equal access to virtual learning and as a state it is crucial that we all band together to eliminate the technology gap among students who do not have access to a computer or internet connection,” says Elaine Wynn, President of the Nevada State Board of Education “With the support of every segment of our communities, we can achieve this goal and ensure that every student across the entire state of Nevada is online and connected to their school.”
For those interested in learning more or getting involved in the community coalition, please visit ConnectingKidsNV.org.
UNLV's first graduate in the HOPE Scholars program for homeless youth will receive her degree this May.
The walk down the red carpet of the Thomas & Mack Center on graduation day is a momentous occasion and one Angellica Hungerford had been looking forward to. Even with this ceremony postponed amid the social distancing climate of the coronavirus pandemic, receiving her degree, this May will mark a significant milestone.
Hungerford will be the first in her family to receive a college diploma. Hers will be a bachelor's in psychology with a minor in marriage and family therapy. She’s also the first student in the first cohort of the HOPE Scholars program to graduate.
The HOPE Scholars program provides housing and financial assistance for students who have identified themselves as "unaccompanied youth," or students who have experienced homelessness or grew up as foster youth.
Hungerford, 21, is used to talking about her upbringing. She’s had her share of ups and downs but through it all, she’s kept one goal in mind: to show her siblings that despite their challenging backgrounds, they can persevere and can break the unhealthy patterns they grew up with.
She is also an Engelstad Scholar and is planning to get a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.
May’s graduation postponement is equally a disappointment and silver lining for Hungerford.
The ceremony is primarily for her grandma, who raised Hungerford and her siblings. The diploma signifies her grandmother’s sacrifices and support.
“She was very sad for me. She told me that she was sorry because I worked so hard to graduate. But I did tell her that it will be postponed for a later day and she was happy that I’ll still be able to graduate,” Hungerford said. “[My siblings] got sad too because they knew how I worked hard to get to where I am now. But they are happy and excited to see my graduate whether it be now or later.”
As for the silver lining, Hungerford is thinking about the next generation of HOPE Scholars.
“For one of us to graduate, it shows the younger cohorts and for those to come, it is possible. HOPE Scholars do help kids out who have come from hardships. It is possible for us to graduate. We come from bad backgrounds, but we can still make it, and make something of ourselves,” Hungerford said.
Hungerford is finishing up her classes remotely. Like many fellow students, she’s adjusting.
Until the middle of March, Hungerford was working as a program coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club. She’s on furlough right now. She has a lot going on and a lot to think about. But it’s the kids at the club who have been on her mind. She worries if the kids are getting food and if they’re safe.
“For me working at the Boys & Girls Club doesn’t feel like a job. It never feels like the same day. It's a different day to day experience. I do miss it a lot. I miss the interaction with co-workers. We keep in contact with each other. We are a mini-family and used to seeing each other more than our significant others and family members."
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