Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor for The Children’s Cabinet in Reno, Nevada. The Children’s Cabinet provides a wide range of crisis intervention services, including Safe Place, a service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for youth experiencing violence, abuse or exploitation. Programs also include runaway and homeless youth services, substance abuse and gang intervention programming, work experience training, and independent living for former foster care youth.
“This is terrific news for Northern Nevada,” said Senator Reid. “Nevada’s youth deserve to have a safe place to turn should their home—or lack thereof—not provide such experiences. Many children in Nevada face homelessness, or turn to gangs and drugs in the absence of care. The Children’s Cabinet provides these vital services to ensure all children have access to a safe place to learn, grow, and avoid many of the dangers our children can experience on a daily basis.”
This grant is part of the Face Forward initiative, which combines the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies available to improve participants’ chances of success. Funded programs will also help to address the stigma of having a juvenile record by offering services to seal juvenile records and providing opportunities to handle delinquency complaints outside of the juvenile justice system. The Face Forward initiative also is intended to provide employment, training and support services to successfully re-integrate formerly incarcerated adults and youth involved in the juvenile justice system into their communities. Grantees are expected to provide a range of services that include case management, mentoring, education and training that leads to industry-recognized credentials.