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Youth Start Smart Program

The Reno Housing Authority is committed to providing opportunities for residents of all ages to set and reach goals and become self-sufficient by offering workforce development opportunities for teens and their parents to participate in coordinated services. Called Start Smart, the two-generation approach provides youth and their parents opportunities to gain knowledge and skill sets to ensure their future success.

Youth, in grades 9-12, who join the program will be given opportunities for leadership development, academic and social growth, and financial literacy. Participating youth can earn financial incentives of up to $20,000 while enrolled in the program, and those that complete their goals and graduate will be eligible to apply for an additional $10,000 scholarship award!!

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Helping Teens Prepare for Their Future

The Start Smart program provides RHA teens currently enrolled in high school, or looking to re-enroll, with opportunities for leadership development, academic and social growth, and financial literacy. The program includes goal setting, career exploration, post-secondary education planning and a chance to be awarded up to $30,000 to jump start their life. Start Smart is open to RHA youth in public housing or rental assistance programs, and is an opportunity no one should miss!

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Youth Workforce Development Workshops

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Workshop TitleWorkshop DateWorkshop TimeRSVP
Time Management Workshop: Start SmartAugust 16, 202316:00RSVP TODAY
Start Smart Awards DinnerJune 22, 202318:00RSVP TODAY
For questions or to RSVP, please contact the WFD team via email at
Join the Start Smart Program

Easily Apply to join Start Smart by submitting the completed Youth Pre-Enrollment Packet (PDF) and emailing it to

Name the WFD Online Pre-Enrollment Packet with your First Name, Last Name, Month/Year and WFD.

ex: Jane Doe April 2023 WFD

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