The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation is sowing the seeds of success by expanding the Mentorship with the Hydroponics Project with the University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Youth Horticulture Education Program. This dynamic initiative is now branching out to Chaparral High School for the remainder of the 2023/2024 school year. This project, rooted in STEM education and hydroponics, is not just about plants—it’s about cultivating positive relationships and opportunities for at-risk high school students.
Initially piloted at Western High School, the Mentorship with Hydroponics Project is set to broaden its reach to Chaparral High School for the remainder of the 2023/2024 school year. Chaparral High School, recognizing the challenges faced by at-risk students, has joined forces with the LVMPD and Clark County to integrate this initiative into their restorative justice initiatives, addressing the root causes of students’ behavior and choices.
Fostering Positive Practices:
The expanded project creates a supportive environment, encouraging positive practices and meaningful relationships. The initiative offers hands-on hydroponics education by utilizing STEM principles and providing practical knowledge and skills. Students not only learn how to cultivate gardens with fresh vegetables but also emphasize the importance of building relationships with both law enforcement and their peers.
Impact on At-Risk Youth:
For at-risk high school students, this initiative goes beyond conventional education. It provides a unique opportunity for hands-on learning, fostering a sense of purpose and accomplishment. By addressing the root causes of behavioral challenges, the program aims to empower these students with practical skills and positive experiences that can steer them away from potential pitfalls.
The LVMPD Foundation has collaborated with Extension, LVMPD, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to bring this program to Chaparral High School. Additionally, a $9,200 grant from The Home Depot Foundation was secured to renovate the classroom, creating an environment conducive to learning and growth.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred on January 29, 2024, at 9:00 a.m., at Chaparral High School at 3850 Annie Oakley Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89121. Notable attendees included Clark County Commissioner District E Tick Segerblom, LVMPD Director of the Office of Community Engagement Rachel Skidmore, and Principal of Chaparral High School Kristal Cummings.