11,000+ Homeless Students in Clark County. The Problem Isn’t Going Away on its Own.
Who we are
Project 150 is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization that was organized in December, 2011 when the founders heard about 150 homeless high school students at Rancho High School in Las Vegas that were in need of support over the Christmas Break. The effort has expanded to helping over 2,500 in 45 high schools when it was understood that the problems these students faced were prevalent across the valley.
Will you help us?
There are over 11,200 homeless students in the Las Vegas valley, over 2,500 of those are in high school. High School is Tough Enough without having to worry about where you are going to sleep at night. Project 150 was created out of our community’s desire to help these kids. Our mission is to offer support and services to these homeless high school students so they have what they need to continue school and be successful in life.
Project 150 is seeking volunteers to serve in the Volunteer Center, area high schools, and to assist efforts to support students.
The most needed school supplies are pens, pencils, highlighters, paper, spiral notebooks, notebook dividers, calculators (simplistic to scientific calculators), glue sticks, index cards, protractor & compass sets, USB flash drives, combination locks for lockers & bikes, and backpacks. Food items needed include juices, crackers, instant cup noodle soup, individual instant oatmeal, pop-tarts, granola bars, individual fruit cups – non-perishable items that can be carried. $30 Contribution for Holiday Meal Box for high school students and their family of four #ShareAMeal #FeedItForward Campaign for 3,400 Holiday Meal Boxes (details attached). Gently used or new teen appropriate clothing and small fleece throws, briefs, under shirts, white socks, dress socks, bras, panties, and tank tops. Shoe apparel. Ladies sanitary hygiene products are critical need items.
100% of your financial donations go towards helping homeless high school students
Brady Caipa Volunteer & Distribution Center
3600 N Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130
* 702-721-7150 * www.project150.org
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm; Betty’s Boutique Hours: Monday thru Friday 2pm to 5pm
Project 150 started in December 2011, when we learned that the Clark County School District has an overwhelming number of homeless teenagers attending school. The issue was highlighted in a local TV news report that focused on 150 homeless students attending Rancho High School. The shock over this seemingly hidden reality for over 7,500 students in the Las Vegas Valley created a buzz amongst a network of friends and business colleagues.
We reached out to Angela Urquiaga, Rancho High School’s homeless advocate, who has been providing help to homeless students and their families on a daily basis for the past 5 years. She welcomed our interest in the situation. After seeing up close and personal the needs of our youth and the efforts Angela put into it, it was clear that this was a bigger issue than just a few people could handle. Angela was facing problems that ranged from the simple to lifesaving; locating a cap and gown so that a student could attend graduation in the spring; to finding a young girl and her father an apartment, so that they could get off the streets.
With just a few weeks before Christmas, we knew that the need to provide some sort of Holiday support for these students was paramount. The initial call to action was to help 17 families who had not yet been sponsored. We received a ground swell of support and within a short period of time, we were able to deliver 3 truckloads of supplies to the families. It was an inspiring event.
The success of our first event provided a true vision of what needed to be done. We knew that this could not just be an annual “holiday” endeavor, but rather an EVERYDAY venture to help provide the needs of all Clark County’s homeless high school students.
Within a couple of weeks, a charitable trust was created and Project 150 was born. Buoyed by the additional and continuing support of friends, business associates and community leaders, we’ve been able to extend our attention to homeless high school students throughout Clark County. Even better, we’re able to do this on a year-round basis.
Our Mission is to offer support and services to homeless high school students in the Las Vegas area so they can stay in school through graduation and learn the life skills necessary to be successful.