The JYD Project is a youth development organization for kids ages 5 - 18 that empowers young people to realize their full potential and partners with other charities that support and serve youth. The JYD Project assists students in becoming positive and productive adults through fun and engaging educational-based programs.
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Endowment Fund Helps Students achieve their Full Potential and their College Goals
The JYD Project continues to assist students
The JYD Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to organize a positive, enriching environment contributing to an improved quality of life for our youth and their families. The organization’s programs, implemented by well-trained staff, emphasize character development and
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Children's Programs & Community Service Opportunities based in Henderson, Nevada
As a national nonprofit organization promoting education and helping kids stay in school, the JYD P.R.O.J.E.C.T in Henderson, Nevada, offers children's programs and community service opportunities focused on childhood literacy and student motivation.
Established in 2009 by NBA player Jerome “JYD” Williams, The JYD Project was formed to provide youth with an exciting and effective alternative youth development program. Incorporating “a touch of urban flavor” Junk Yard Dog is able to attract and engage youth on their level using culturally relevant learning methodologies and age-specific activities. These practices allow youth to learn new skills and knowledge at a pace, style and format easily adaptable to their everyday life, increasing self-efficacy and measurable outcomes.
Teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and the high school dropout epidemic disproportionately affects disenfranchised youth from impoverished socioeconomic communities at an alarming rate.
Returning the Favor
The JYD Project focuses on empowering youth in overcoming these statistics by teaching them life skills, alternate coping methods, and realistic goal setting for addressing these issues. Included is the signature tenet “Create Your Plan, Work Your Plan,” a step-by-step roadmap for success, as the core element of every program offered by the JYD Project.
The purpose of the Junk Yard Dog persona is to create a fun, dependable, and relatable authoritative figure youth will readily trust. Research shows that youth are more likely to emulate a persona who looks, acts, and relates to their personal experiences. Junk Yard Dog came from an environment where things are outdated, discarded, and undervalued; but he rises above this stigma to become a player of the game of life. This character shows up in basketball swag gear, but by the end of the program transforms into the professional, donning business attire. Module by module, the youth mentally undergo this metamorphosis with him. They evolve from underrepresented youth of the inner city into successful, confident citizens of the world.
P. prepare teenagers for real life
R. re-engage struggling students
O. offer college scholarships
J. join & assist various non profit boards
E. empower parents to advocacte
C. create charitable collaborations
T. talk to youth & educators about passion
Thanks to our Board of Directors, many supporters and staff, the JYD Project, Inc. had a very productive 2016. Throughout the year, we continue to increase our important work in the schools and community service outreach. On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, we are pleased to provide this 2013 Year-At A-Glance which gives a brief highlight of some of last years' accomplishments.
During the last year, we were able to obtain our 4th year 501(c) (3) compliance and Nevada State Tax Exemption. We also partnered with several new non-profit organizations who offer supportive children serves, provided a new Pilot Program, and increased our number of free Fitness camps. The JYD Project, Inc. strives to serve as many individuals in need as possible with the resources that are available. We believe every individual is important to the organization, and it will not discriminate against anyone for any reason. By offering services that are concentrated on specifically addressing the society.
It is my pleasure to recognize and support the JYD Project and its efforts to support the youth in the Las Vegas community. Established in 2009 by retired NBA superstar Jerome Williams, The JYD Project has awarded several scholarships over the years, established a youth summer basketball camp that mentors, educates, promotes fitness and builds confidence for both young men and women to be successful in life.
For those of us that are fortunate enough to achieve a moderate level of success, it is a necessity that we do our very best to stimulate positive growth of at least one child in our community. The JYD Project is doing just that, helping hundreds of young men and women to be productive in needs of those without access to life enhancing programs, we feel that we can help those that we work with to overcome the issues they face and hopefully prevent anyone from suffering longer than necessary.
In the past year our strategic planning committee began meeting to explore ways to expand the organization here in Nevada. We completed our fourth year of programming, hired new staff, grant writers, consultants, secured corporate sponsors and appointed several new members to our board of directors. The JYD Project is determined and committed to play an active role in building a stronger future for the youth across the nation.