On Wednesday, October 28th 2015, the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross will celebrate local heroes at the “Everyday Heroes Awards” at Paris Las Vegas Hotel.
Each year awards are given in several categories including: Adult and Youth Good Samaritan, Law Enforcement, Community Service and International Service. This year the winner of the “Community Impact” award goes to Real Talk Youth Impact Program, an organization committed to mentoring at-risk youth.
“Changing the lives of youth, one person at a time, through education, mentoring, and passion for a positive future” ~ Real Talk Youth Impact Program
Real Talk was founded by Sheree Corniel, a former probation officer for juveniles and adults. Her experience of over 20 years in the criminal justice system led her to want to do something about the high rate of recidivism among youth offenders. Sheree believes in the importance of supporting at-risk youth, before they offend, in order to keep them from entering the penal system altogether.
Real Talk Youth Impact provides resources and funding (as available) to assist adolescents in Southern Nevada in accessing extracurricular activities. The program also works with present and former offenders who volunteer their time to speak to at-risk youth. Telling stories of their own experiences with the penal system, these volunteers are committed to changing the trajectory of young people at risk and to setting them on a positive and empowering path.
Utilizing Real Talk’s principles of “L.E.A.R.N”, which stands for “Lead, Educate, Aspire, Respect, New Beginnings”, volunteers give monthly talks entitled “Change One”. At Change One meetings youth, and their parents, take part in discussions on topics such as education, gangs, law enforcement, employment and society. These meetings provide opportunities for participants, and volunteers, to learn, exchange ideas, and to set new goals.
Real Talk’s mission to “assist today’s at-risk youth in achieving their highest potential as responsible citizens and future leaders” is what makes them one of our communities everyday heroes. Please join with the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross in thanking this great organization for its service.
If you would like more information on the great work Real Talk Youth Program is doing in our community, please contact them via phone at 702-625-2417, by email at
email@example.com, or visit their website at http://www.realtalkyip.org.
For more information on the Everyday Heroes Awards, or to purchase individual tickets – please contact (702) 369-3674 or email http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full list of Heroes and past lists can be found here: http://www.redcross.org/local/nv/las-vegas/everyday-heroes
UPDATE 10-22-15: Sheree Corniel of Real Talk and Jennifer Ramieh of the Red Cross appear on Fox 5: http://www.fox5vegas.com/clip/11936189/real-talk-aims-to-change-course-of-at-risk-youth