United Way’s Young Philanthropists Society’s Work Debunks Myths About Millennials

Tivona Betz reads to children at Walter Bracken Elementary School during Nevada Reading Week.LAS VEGAS (March 5, 2014) – United Way of Southern Nevada’s Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) is changing perceptions about philanthropy among Millennials through a group of young professionals that are dedicated to giving back to the community. YPS members contribute not just through their financial resources, but by volunteering their time with a full roster of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. On Tuesday, March 4th, in honor of Nevada Reading Week, YPS members visited Walter Bracken Elementary School and read to children in two second grade classrooms and provided new books to over 500 students.

Jordan Sacca and Tivona Betz met through volunteering with YPS and have since forged a bond that has strengthened through volunteering. Jordan now serves as the group’s Membership Chair and Tivona is the Communications Chair.

Young Philanthropists Society 001“We are young leaders who are not satisfied with the status quo, we are leaving a permanent mark in southern Nevada!” said Jordan. “YPS is not like other young professional networking groups. We are a group of over 60 members who have collectively raised over $300,000 in four years, and we are committed through our time and money to create change in our community.”

At Bracken Elementary School, YPS launched the “Piggy Bank” program, a dynamic new concept that gives children the chance to learn about savings, and save money in their very own bank accounts. The program has helped more than 500 children learn how to save and raised over $32,000. YPS members also volunteer every Friday to help the children of Bracken as they proudly deposit their savings into the “Piggy Bank.”

Young Philanthropists Society 002YPS provided holiday gifts, books and candy canes to over 700 children at Hollingsworth Elementary. The group also helped over 150 children to learn the importance of dental hygiene through United Way’s “Brush at Lunch” program and will help to provide immunizations during National Infant Immunization week to ensure that children stay healthy. YPS is in the process of making sure every child at Hollingsworth Elementary receives a special celebration for their birthday.

For more information about the Young Philanthropists Society, please contact Jason Soto, Director, Young Philanthropists Society at 702-892-2360 or JasonS@uwsn.org.

About United Way of Southern Nevada
United Way of Southern Nevada works to build a healthier community and to advance the common good through a focus on Education, Health and Financial Stability, the building blocks of a good life. With an extensive network of donors, volunteers and community leaders, the United Way brings together the passion, expertise, and resources needed to affect positive change in our community. Together, person by person, the United Way’s collaborative power is building a more solid community fabric, connecting impassioned advocates who truly LIVE UNITED for a better Southern Nevada. For more information on how to get involved, please visit www.uwsn.org.

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