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The city of Las Vegas is joining with the National AfterSchool Association to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” April 23-27, 2018. 

We are joining the effort because we believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people. We encourage you to join us in thanking the afterschool staff who work for the city. 

If you are interested in working for one of these afterschool programs, visit our website at lasvegasnevada.gov/jobs.

The city employs a variety of staff who serve after school programs and are dedicated to improving our community. Here are a few of their stories:


Alma Rosales, Batteries Included Afterschool Program*


Q: What are the benefits of working for this program?

A: Batteries Included truly provides 360 degree support for youth and their families. The benefits are coming to work each day and seeing the change in the lives of others and forward movement. It is fulfilling to see the hope in kids where there once was none. As a young adult first year out of high school working for Batteries Included is empowering.

Q: What is something about this program people may not know?

A: The Batteries Included Program is very family oriented. Everyone is dealt with on a personal level. Also, the program gives exposure to life outside of Las Vegas

Q: What qualities should people have if you want to work for this program?

A: Simple - people must have a passion for youth and be a champion for their success wholeheartedly.

Q: What are you post proud of working for this program?

A: I am proud to be able to be a part of the change the program is making in the lives of teens across the valley. I am proud that students come not on track to graduate but leave Batteries Included a graduate on college bound. I am proud that this program closed the gap and removes barriers to the success of youth.

* The Batteries Included Youth Initiative providing after-school educational activities for teens focused on leadership, community service, career planning and preparing for college. Batteries Included has teen councils located at community centers and high schools. For more information, contact Sheena Judie Mitchell at 702-229-4075 or email smitchell@LasVegasNevada.GOV.


Brittney Monreal, ReInvent Schools LV AmeriCorps member and Success Mentor at Red Rock Elementary School* 

Q: What are the benefits of working for this program?

A: As AmeriCorps members we are actually in the schools with these students and get to see firsthand the work we are doing and how it is making positive changes in our students lives. 

Q: What is something about this program people may not know? 

A: Most people don’t know that AmeriCorps is actually a related program to the PeaceCorps but our call to service is domestic! 

Q: What qualities should people have if you want to work for this program?   

A: We work to better our community, the biggest quality I feel important to have is driving passion. This isn’t the work for someone who is only looking to make money, this is work for the leaders in our world that want to use their passion to make a difference.

Q: What are you post proud of working for this program? 

A: There have been several moments that have made me proud, but having students excited to see me at the end of the week so they get to tell me they’ve had perfect attendance is beyond rewarding. Students are now proud of  their perfect attendance records and are wanting others to also share that pride with them!

*ReInvent Schools Las Vegas focuses on academic achievement, expanded learning, wraparound services and family and community engagement at underperforming urban core schools.

Johann Rucker, Region Assistant, Safekey*

Q: What are the benefits of working for this program? 

A: The benefits of working for this program become apparent whenever I see a kiddo smile or laugh. They are countless and make the job feel worth it.

Q: What is something about this program people may not know?

A: Something about the program that people may not know is that we focus on many other aspects of youth development, such as nutrition and literacy! It is extremely well-rounded, and something we pride ourselves on.

Q: What qualities should people have if you want to work for this program? 

A: Prospective employees should be energetic, as to always meet the levels that the kiddos are on.

Q: What are you post proud of working for this program?

A: I have always bragged about the work that I do in this program. I am proud to say that I have served as a mentor to hundreds of kiddos. I have shared laughs with them. I’ve been there for them during highs and lows. This job is the best and I love it so much.

* Safekey is a before-and/or after-school youth enrichment program that is part of the city’s Strong Schools initiative. Safekey offers opportunities for learning beyond the school bell and is designed for children ages 5-11 attending kindergarten through fifth grades. It is offered at 69 elementary schools within the city. The program follows the Clark County School District calendar and operates only on days that school is in session. Daily and weekly scheduled activities include physical fitness, nutritional education, arts and crafts, games, STEAM activities, special events, homework time, literacy programming and nutritious afternoon snacks.

Safekey is a before-and/or after-school youth enrichment program that is part of the city’s Strong Schools initiative. Safekey offers opportunities for learning beyond the school bell and is designed for children ages 5-11 attending kindergarten through fifth grades. It is offered at 69 elementary schools within the city. 

Safekey is registration for the 2017/18 school year is ongoing. Registration forms are available at the Safekey program located at your child’s school. The $20 enrollment fee can be paid online at the Safekey Office, located at 416 N. Seventh St.

Daily Rates:
A.M. $7 per child
P.M. $10 per child

For more information on registering your child, call the Safekey Office at 702.229.KIDS (5437).

Jared Tuilagi, Activity Specialist, Safekey*

Q: What are the benefits of working for this program?

A: The biggest benefit working for this program would be the connections and relationships built with the children and staff members at each site. When the kids remember you and get excited for activities, it gives you a humble feeling and motivation to make sure they’re having a fun time.

Q: What is something about this program people may not know? 

A: People may not know that Safekey has a STEAM program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Q: What qualities should people have if you want to work for this program? 

A: To work in this program it is important to be quick on your feet while having a positive mindset. When working with children, things may change at any given moment so staying calm and positive are good qualities to have.

Q: What are you post proud of working for this program? 

A: I take pride in being the leader that the children look to when running activities.

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Have you ever wanted to volunteer in your community? National Volunteer Week kicked off April 15th. The annual celebration recognizes those who give their time and effort to support worthy causes, as well as encourages others to volunteer. If you wish to volunteer during emergencies or disasters, a few organizations provide opportunities:

American Red Cross of Southern Nevada – One of the world’s oldest relief organizations, the American Red Cross provides food, shelter, blood and other resources for those in need. Volunteers can learn skills such as: CPR, first aid, basic life support, lifeguarding and more. In 2017, the American Red Cross mobilized more than 56,000 disaster workers for 242 disasters in 45 states and three territories. Call 702-791-3311 to learn more.

The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada – Like the Red Cross, the Salvation Army is instrumental in providing food, social services and recovery resources to people in need; as well as disaster training to volunteers. The Salvation Army served more than 24 million people in 2017. Call 702-870-4430 to learn more.

The Medical Reserve Corps – The Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers with medical, veterinary, mental health or public health experience to help during emergencies or disasters. Volunteers help provide support; distribute medication; and staff first aid stations. Contact 702-759-1342 for more information.

Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada – TIP of Southern Nevada teaches volunteers how to provide emotional first aid during traumatic events. TIP volunteers provide emotional support; help people find shelter, food, clothing or transportation; help notify victims’ friends and family; and act as liaisons between disaster victims and hospitals. Call 702-229-0426 for more information.

Red Rock Search & Rescue (RRSAR) – When people go missing around the Las Vegas valley, RRSAR acts. The all-volunteer force seeks people who can search; read and develop maps; operate communications; drive trucks and trailers; and process information. Call 702-233-9515 for more information.

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Today, US Ignite Inc., a nonprofit organization helping to accelerate advanced networking technologies, and Cox Communications announced the designation of the city of Las Vegas as the newest member of the Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2015, US Ignite’s SGC program is creating “living lab” environments for the next generation of gigabit applications. Las Vegas, the 25th community designated as a SGC, joins 24 other national and international communities participating in the SGC program. This announcement will be made during the 2018 US Ignite Application Summit held in Kansas City and co-located with the Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo.

The SGC program facilitates collaboration among US Ignite, universities, municipalities, community anchor institutions like hospitals and schools, nonprofits, network carriers and ISPs. Together, these organizations are focused on developing smart gigabit applications that can address local community needs, such as education, workforce development, public safety and community health. Each community joining the network has made a significant commitment toward embracing next-generation smart city and Internet technologies to keep pace with the world’s rapidly changing technology and economy. Additionally, each member of the program has committed to develop two gigabit applications or gigabit services per year that provide advanced technology solutions to issues faced by that community. They also agree to share those applications with the others in the Smart Gigabit Communities program.

“We are phenomenally excited and honored to be one of the 25 cities chosen to participate in the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities program,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “Las Vegas has become known as a city of innovation, and I know this partnership with Cox Communications will continue to move us toward becoming a world-class city.”   

While many communities in the SGC program are funded by grants from the NSF, Cox Communications has been the only private business to sponsor multiple communities to participate in the program. Las Vegas is the third Smart Gigabit Community funded by Cox Communications in the past two years.  Phoenix was named as a Smart Gigabit Community funded by Cox in 2016 and San Diego was named in 2017.

“Many communities are in search of ways to position themselves as technology drivers and innovation leaders in economic development and quality of life for their residents,” said Michael F. Bolognini, vice president and market leader of Cox Communications in Las Vegas. “But being officially designated as a ‘Smart Gigabit Community’ and gaining entry into the cohort of national and international communities with shared access to new apps to improve local government services and quality of life for Las Vegas residents is a great testament to the spirit of innovation in our city. Cox has additionally positioned Las Vegas for success as a Smart Gigabit Community through its investments in its gigabit-enabled infrastructure throughout Las Vegas…a critical need for the Smart Cities of the future.”

Cox has been steadily building out its network infrastructure in Las Vegas since making its commitment to Southern Nevada nearly 20 years ago. The Company began offering multi-gig speeds to commercial customers more than a decade ago and is set to complete network enhancements this year that will provide gigabit internet throughout its entire footprint in the Las Vegas area, by the end of 2019.

“The city of Las Vegas represents an invaluable expansion to our network of Smart Gigabit Communities program,” said US Ignite Executive Director William Wallace.  “We anticipate that the addition of the city of Las Vegas into our ecosystem of Smart Gigabit Communities will yield many benefits not just for the city of Las Vegas, but also for people throughout the country. We appreciate Cox Communications commitment to the program overall and for making the city of Las Vegas’s participation a reality.”

US Ignite has organized local communities and assisted in building over 100 next-generation advanced networking applications since its inception. Each participating community receives access to a low-latency and ultra-fast network with local cloud computing and storage capabilities that will support highly interactive and visually immersive experiences not possible on today’s commercial Internet.

 About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity 12 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

About US Ignite, Inc.

US Ignite spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities. The nonprofit organization helps to accelerate new wired and wireless networking advances from research to prototype to full-scale smart community and interconnected national deployments. US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities program accelerates the adoption of ultra-fast, programmable fiber and wireless networks as the bedrock of smart communities by identifying new economic and social opportunities created by those networks. Additionally, US Ignite, together with Northeastern University, operates the National Science Foundation-funded Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office (PPO), coordinating a $100 million public-private partnership of federal agencies and over 25 leading companies and technology associations supporting the deployment of wireless research platforms in multiple communities across the United States. Together, these collaborative efforts among research universities, local communities, and industry will yield breakthroughs in new wired and wireless networking technology. The applications and services that result from this work will help enrich residents’ lives while generating improved and potentially transformative community services, investment in high-growth startups, and high-skilled jobs.

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Las Vegas Residents Invited To Neighborhood Elementary Schools April 5 -May 17

Residents are invited to six free Safe Summer Nights celebrations between April 5 and May 17. Enjoy free DJ music, family games, face painting, arts and crafts, and free refreshments while supplies last, along with a community health and resource fair at each of six city of Las Vegas ReInvent Schools Las Vegas Safe Summer Nights events.

 Events will be held:

·         Thursday, April 5, 4-6 p.m.

Hollingsworth Elementary School, 1776 E. Ogden Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

·         Thursday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wendell P. Williams Elementary School, 1030 N. J St., Las Vegas, NV 89106

·         Thursday, April 19, 5-7 p.m.
Red Rock Elementary School, 408 Upland Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107

·         Thursday, April 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

J.T. McWilliams Elementary School, 1315 Hiawatha Road, Las Vegas, NV 89108

·         Thursday, May 10, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Matt Kelly Elementary School, 1900 N. J St., Las Vegas, NV 89106

·         Thursday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Kermit Booker Elementary School, 2277 N. Martin L. King Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106

Nonprofit community agencies and organizations wishing to provide valuable information to our community at these resource fairs are encouraged to contact Candace Boring to make arrangements to participate. For more information, call Candace Boring at 702-229-2072.

ReInvent Schools Las Vegas focuses on academic achievement, expanded learning, wraparound services and family and community engagement at underperforming urban core schools. The initiative is a partnership between the Clark County School District and the city of Las Vegas, in collaboration with Communities in Schools and other local nonprofits. ReInvent community schools are hubs where students, their families and the community are assisted. Nine schools, Robert E. Lunt, Red Rock, Kermit R. Booker, West Preparatory Academy, J.T. McWilliamsWendell P. WilliamsMatt Kelly, Rose Warren and Howard Hollingsworth, are ReInvent community schools this year. Go online for more information on Reinvent Schools Las Vegas and other education support programs.

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The Neighborhood Partners Fund (NPF) is designed to assist in improving livability in the city through community matched funding for neighborhood improvement projects; it provides funding opportunities for neighborhood associations to generate resolutions to critical neighborhood issues. 

The program requires neighborhood associations to match the city’s grant with cash, volunteer time or in-kind services and goods donated to the project. The project needs to occur within city limits and must be completed within the 12-month fiscal period. Previous grant recipients and projects include:

·        Desert Shores Community Association - Security Fence Addition to Existing Wall Project

·        Diamond Head Villas Inc. - Community Lighting and Safety Project

·        Diamond Head Villas Phase II - Pigeon Exclusion and Community Clean-up

·        Kensington LV HOA – Common Area and Power Lighting Project

·        Mc Neil Estates N.A. - Neighborhood Block Party: Community Comes First

·        Rio Vista Estates N.A. - Rio Vista Estates Painting Project

·        The Greens HOA - The Greens Xeriscape and Beautification Project

·        West Woodland Hills Twin Lakes Community Group - Neighborhood Watch Program Crime Prevention Project

This year, there is $80,000 available in the fund. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects that address a meaningful neighborhood need that transforms the community. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 16. Click here for the applicant program overview and schedule. 

All applicants who meet submission criteria will be required to make a 10-minute presentation of their projects to the NPF Board. Funding recommendations from the board on these projects are scheduled to be presented to the City Council for final approval at the July 18 City Council meeting. Residents looking for more information can contact Alma Estrada, at 702.229.1762, or visit https://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/portal/faces/home/i-am-local/local-grants/g-neighborhood-partners-fund?

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Nearly 70 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers participated in southern Nevada’s first full-scale CERT exercise on Saturday, March 10. The day-long event provided the volunteers, all of who had previously completed the CERT course, the opportunity to learn new skills and practice what they learned in a realistic scenario.

During the first half of the day, the volunteers learned how to provide medical treatment and medical triage; how to implement cribbing techniques; and how to conduct search and rescue operations (including wall breaches). 

The second half of the day was the exercise itself, which simulated a military jet crash into an apartment complex. The volunteers were sent to the simulated crash scene in teams that assessed damage, provided medical first aid, searched for potential victims and more. Most of the participants said they found the exercise educational and fun and look forward to additional exercises in the future.

Special thanks to the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Training Center for providing the location and resources for the exercise, as well as the city of Las Vegas Explorer program, the EMS Training Center of Southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the City of Henderson Ready Crew and the North Las Vegas Office of Emergency Management for providing dozens of volunteers. The Southern Nevada CERT program also wishes to thank Firehouse Subs for providing lunch for those in attendance.

Fore more information on CERT training, visit www.nvcert.org.

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On this episode of “CODE 3,” we’re making breakfast with Tony Rizzo! Watch to learn to make his Banana Walnut Nutmeg Pancakes:

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