When the State Board met last May, one of the first decisions we made was whether or not to choose a State Service Theme. The State Service theme was implemented last year, and its purpose is to spread awareness across the state about a certain issue. Last year, the theme of Homelessness took off and councils around the state worked with Shelters, individuals struggling financially, and countless others in need. This year, as the new board discussed theme ideas, one became undoubtedly clear as the right choice: Children in need.
If you look around communities, the state, or even the world, millions of children are struggling. Whether it’s with education, hygiene, food, illness or family struggles – children are awaiting help and aid. With this new service theme, councils could have visited Children’s Hospitals, shelters, local elementary schools, or even raised money for children in third world countries. So many opportunities awaited our councils this year – and they were all up for the challenge! Almost $150,000 has already been raised across the state in charitable financial contributions this year.
With this week being the NASC Week of Service (March 4th-10th), many councils across Nevada are participating in a State Wide Children’s Book Drive. This Book Drive has the capacity to change Children’s lives throughout Nevada. According to the National Center for Education Statistics data, 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Empowering these children with books gives them a real chance at a successful and happy life. Across the state books will be donated to foundations, schools and libraries – all placing books into the hands of students that need them the most. Students who don’t read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school (NCES), and this week NASC is hoping to make a difference in their lives.
It’s inspiring to see the work that each council is accomplishing this school year. Through each act of service you do - you ALL are making a difference. So thank you for participating in the NASC Week of Service and the State Service theme this year! Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” I have no doubt your actions are changing the world.
- Ally Stolworthy, NASC President
The 2018 Southern Region Zone Conference hosted over 1,000 of southern Nevada’s best leaders for a day full of fun, memories, and leadership. The “Leadership Animated” conference was hosted by Shadow Ridge High School on January 27th. With a multitude of workshops, JC sessions, and roundtables, our delegates were able to gain skills to take back and make a difference in their councils, schools, and communities. Kyle Willkom delivered a powerful keynote, inspiring our delegates and JC’s alike to be a hero in their communities. All in all, the Zone conference this year was a blast and a half, and the Southern Region definitely got animated.
- Cody Lees, Southern Region Representative
NASC’s 2017 Western Regional Conference theme was “Cirque Du Stuco” this year! On November 18th, over 550 leaders from around Western Nevada gathered at Galena High School to inspire others by spreading kindness and love. The day consisted of two general sessions, two rounds of workshops presented by delegates’ peers, three JC sessions (led by seniors), and a lunch/roundtable rotation. Through dancing, idea shares, and a powerful keynote by Kyle Willkom, the Western Region became more united than ever before due to the tremendous amounts of love that shared. Delegates were encouraged to participate in a campaign for change that encouraged the development of new ideas on how to promote kindness within their schools/communities. Overall, the day was a wonderful gathering of the Western Region and a great way to wrap up the fall semester.
- Austin Brown, Western Region Representative
This year’s Northern Regional Conference was held in Lovelock, Nevada on November 12th and 13th. The theme for this year’s conference was “Leaderflix, Who’s Leading?” The 2-Day conference consisted of over 200 student leaders all over Northern Nevada! All of Northern Nevada’s leaders received the opportunity to go over to Lovelock’s local elementary school for the community service project. This project allowed JC groups to interact with the young children such as helping them with Thanksgiving projects, to teaching them how to interact with others, and how to play unity games. After the community service project, the Northern Leaders received the opportunity to hear a very inspiring message from the one and only Jeff Yalden. After the keynote speaker, all leaders got the opportunity to go learn new and creative things from other leaders! This 2-day conference was made up of fun, laughter, learning new things, and how to become a better leader!
- Maggie Baker, Northern Region Representative
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