Project 150: Because High School is Tough Enough


Mrs. Smith

Food, located in Mrs. Carroll’s office, that is available to hungry students.

Elaina Smith, Journalist

Project 150’s purpose is ¨providing free support and services to homeless, displaced, and disadvantaged high school students in Nevada.¨ Many programs are offered to homeless youth at the store located at 3600 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130, but students at Shadow Ridge can utilize resources at school as well by contacting school counselor Natascha Carroll. Students who suffer from food insecurity can utilize Project 150´s food distribution where they can receive family food bags of non perishable items that can feed a family of four. Students can receive these bags daily.

I just want to feed the kids.

— Counselor, Mrs. Carroll

Carroll explained, “Project 150 is a non profit organization that started in 2011 when two businessmen heard about 150 homeless students at Rancho High School who needed support during Christmas break.  It is designed to help high school students who are homeless or struggling financially but they will not turn anyone away.  Their motto is ‘because high school is tough enough.'”

Project 150 has plenty of different options when it comes to students in need. Located at the Rancho building, the Student Education and Empowerment Center teaches life skills and educational classes to families free of charge. Some classes include financial literacy, preparing for college, motivation, etc. Students can shop at Betty´s Boutique for trendy like-new and new clothing. Students with a school ID can shop for free once per month.

Mrs. Smith

Carroll elaborated, “Students can use their ID’s to go to Betty’s Boutique at the Rancho location to pick out 10 items of clothing each month. If transportation is an issue, I can order clothing for them online and pick it up for them. Students can also come down to the counseling office to ask for school supplies, weekend meal bags or snacks.”

Project 150 supplies college scholarships to students pursuing higher education and trade programs. Students can access the link for applications here.

Not only are these amazing resources available, Project 150 proudly partners with many local organizations to provide additional resources for students. They all work together to meet the needs of students, whether that be in health services, counseling services, housing, employment, and more.

All programs such as the scholarship program, food distribution, Student Education and Empowerment Center, and Betty´s Boutique are provided to all Clark County High School Students for free.

Students who are in need of any of the previous services or who need Thanksgiving meals this year should contact Mrs. Carroll at [email protected] before October 15 to place an order and Mrs. Carroll will ensure that there is a meal for any family in need.