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In April 2021, our team at Project REAL sounded an alarm: As kids return to school after being at home for over a year, they are at extremely heightened risk of acting out. Some might want to make up for lost time. Others might have taken an adult-like turn to nihilism, having seen a world where a deadly disease was killing hundreds each day. After spending a year confronting mortality and being socially isolated, we predicted youth would act out with dangerous risk-taking behaviors.

We responded by creating #NVReturnReady: a guide designed so adults would require no training, yet could lead 30 minute conversations with the young people in their lives that would dramatically reduce their likelihood of getting into avoidable trouble with the law.

Fast forward to the present, and we've seen what we predicted last year come to pass. There's been a nationwide jump in student-on-student and student-on-teacher violence. Last fall, property destruction became a playful prank in the form of the #DeviousLicks TikTok challenge, and in some cases those 'pranks' resulted in felony property destruction charges.

This isn't a Las Vegas or Reno problem. This isn't a Nevada problem. This is a national matter. Fortunately, we are here to help. We've renamed the guide REALReady and are asking adults to use it twice a year with the young people in their lives. Every National Law Day on May 1st as part of our #NVSummerReady initiative and every National Constitution Day on September 17 as part of our #NVReturnReady initiative, we call upon all adults to hold a REALReady conversation with the young people in their lives - especially if they are enrolled in Grades 5 - 12.

Clicking on the REALReady book cover will begin a download of a guide. That guide will help you hold a brief conversation about ‘thinking within the law' with any young people you know.

Please also be sure to return here after you've held those conversations, and use the brief form below to complete our survey - this helps us keep track of how many #REALReady conversations have taken place.

Thank you for your commitment to getting Nevada's Youth #REALReady

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En abril de 2021, nuestro equipo de Project REAL quería advertirles: A medida que los niños regresan a la escuela después de estar en casa durante más de un año, están en alto riesgo de comportarse mal. Algunos pueden querer recuperar el tiempo perdido. Otros quizás hayan dado un giro hacia el nihilismo propio de los adultos, después de haber visto un mundo en el que una enfermedad mortal mataba a cientos de personas cada día. Después de pasar un año enfrentándose a la mortalidad y al estar socialmente aislados, predecimos que los jóvenes se portarían mal al participar en conductas arriesgadas y peligrosas.

Respondimos creando #NVReturnReady: una guía diseñada para que los adultos no necesiten capacitación y puedan tener conversaciones de 30 minutos con los jóvenes en sus vidas para reducir drásticamente la probabilidad que se metan en problemas evitables con la ley.

Si nos adelantamos al presente, hemos visto que lo que predecimos el año pasado se ha convertido en realidad. Se ha producido un aumento a nivel nacional de la intensidad de violencia entre alumnos y entre alumnos y maestros. El otoño pasado, la destrucción de la propiedad se convirtió en una broma lúdica en la forma del desafío #DeviousLicks TikTok, y en algunos casos esas "bromas" resultaron en cargos de delitos graves por destrucción de propiedad.

Esto no es un problema de Las Vegas o Reno. Esto no es un problema de Nevada. Este es un problema nacional. Por suerte, estamos aquí para ayudar. Hemos renombrado la guía REALReady y le estamos pidiendo a los adultos que la usen dos veces al año con los jóvenes en sus vidas. Cada Día Nacional de la Ley, el 1º de mayo, como parte de nuestra iniciativa #NVSummerReady, y cada Día Nacional de la Constitución, el 17 de septiembre, como parte de nuestra iniciativa #NVReturnReady, le pedimos a todos los adultos que mantengan una conversación sobre REALReady con los jóvenes de su vida, especialmente si están inscritos en los grados 5 a 12.

Al hacer clic en la portada del libro REALReady, iniciará la descarga de una guía. Esta guía le ayudará a tener una breve conversación sobre cómo "pensar dentro de la ley" con los jóvenes que conozca.

Por favor asegúrese también de volver aquí después de haber tenido esas conversaciones, y utilice el breve formulario en la parte inferior para completar nuestra encuesta - esto nos ayuda a mantener un registro de cuántas conversaciones #REALReady se han llevado a cabo. También hemos creado artículos adicionales (los enlazamos en la sección inferior de la encuesta) que se pueden utilizar para continuar la conversación.

Alumnos aprendices del idioma inglés, por favor, tengan en cuenta: Los artículos adicionales están actualmente solo disponibles en inglés debido a nuestros limitados recursos económicos y de personal como organización sin fines de lucro, sin embargo, le damos la bienvenida a cualquier nivel de participación que usted sea capaz de brindar. Si los jóvenes de su hogar pueden traducir los artículos con usted, ¡esperamos que se involucren de esa manera con los artículos! Esperamos poder ofrecer un acceso más completo a nuestros recursos en el futuro, y agradecemos su comprensión respecto a las limitaciones a las que nos enfrentamos en este momento.

Gracias por su compromiso para que los jóvenes de Nevada estén #REALReady

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THERE'S MORE TO DO
CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION...PLEASE!
Some young people may find that they don't believe the examples we provided, or that you're giving 'worst case scenarios'. They'll try to rationalize their risk-taking behaviors. We've set up a special collection of ripped-from-the-headline stories that match up with the examples we've provided. Each item summarises a news article, links to the original article, and explains which example in the REALReady guide the story is tied to.

As new examples of avoidable criminal charges make themselves known to us, we will update the collection with those stories as well.

Each summary has been designed to help you continue the conversation as a means of enforcing its lessons. You may find that collection of stories here:

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DO MORE - YOU CAN HELP

Get Involved
If you've even skimmed our guide and feel moved to act, we want your help!


Teachers, Admins, & Education Professionals:
We hope this material will be formerly taught in Nevada's social studies or health classes one day, with teaching standards, content correlations, and the works. Until that day comes, we would still greatly appreciate your support by having the chance to distribute our books to your students. We'll provide free print-copies of Government, Adult Interactions, & You and free pdf copies are always available on this mini-site, as well as the more student-friendly https://projectrealnv.org/relationships/ Please contact us to get this material into your school as quickly as possible.

Parents, Guardians & Other Concerned Citizens:
There is no cost to any community that wishes to get the Government, Adult Interactions, & You guide into the hands of the youth you'd like to help prepare for adult relationships. Our challenge is getting it into their hands! You can help by contacting school administrators, health & civics instructors, and even your state law makers. Asking them to help make sure this no-cost educational resource is readily available to Nevada's students can and will have an impact if enough of you get involved. If you'd like to do more, please contact Project REAL to see how your energy can be put to

Other Invested Stakeholders:
Politicians, Activists, and Nonprofit Leaders from all across Nevada - we want to work with you! With invaluable input from SAFE House and Cupcake Girls, we've created a slim-yet-direct textbook filled with information that can save lives. The best part? It's free! While we may seek out funding support for print copies, there is no cost to downloading a free pdf, and we have made our guide available for use to all Nevadan's for free. There's no licensing fees, no barriers, no tricks. As some well known poets once said “The best things in life are free, but…”. We can make the book free, but it's potential for impact relies on you! Please, contact Project REAL to see how you can apply your influence and position in the community to protect Nevada's young people from the dangers of domestic violence this year, and for many years to come.
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