The Nevada Kids Foundation is a Children's Non Profit that provides essential items and resources to the struggling youth in our communities. Our goal is to empower children to live a life with greater hope, freedom, and opportunities for a successful future.
How we got started...
Northern Nevada native and Real Estate CEO, Tyler Cornu founded the non profit organization for youth during the summer of 2021. After personally adopting families for Christmas for the last several years, she was moved to action when she began to recognize just how profound the issues really are for our communities struggling youth. With the need greater than ever after the impact of Covid-19 and the affordable housing crisis, Tyler joined forces with Director Kallie Todaro and together they brought to life a new foundation that supports our youth and will have a greater impact by helping to fill the gaps and needs of our local communities, not just for the holidays but throughout the entire year.
Meet The Team:
Founder/ Secretary, Tyler Cornu
Tyler was born and raised in Nevada and is now raising her family here. She began her Real Estate career in 2017 and was recently named the CEO of the Nevada Real Estate Group. Tyler's vision for the Nevada Kids Foundation stemmed from her adopting local families during the Christmas season. With Covid 19 paired with the affordable housing crisis Tyler saw a much greater need than what she was able to do alone. In 2021 the Nevada Kids Foundation was born. Tyler has a heart for giving and takes immense pride in the foundation's success and the impact we're making on our local youth.
Director, Kallie Todaro
As a 4th generation Nevadan, born and raised in the Reno/ Sparks area, Kallie attended McQueen High School and TMCC. She has a strong background in office management & event planning and has also spent the last several years as a Client Services Specialist for a local finance & wealth management firm.
Kallie is a devoted wife & mother of two rambunctious boys and loves spending time with her family.
She is excited to shift her focus into the nonprofit world and is thrilled to have had the opportunity to help build the Nevada Kids Foundation from the ground up. She is a team player who is compassionate, creative and driven by her empathy for others. Her outstanding attention to detail and strong desire to make a difference for the youth in our community makes her a perfect fit for the role of Director.
Board Member, Rachel Goforth
Rachel was born and raised in Reno, NV. She is raising her two daughters here with her husband, Jameson. After going away for college, she returned home and received a bachelor's degree at UNR in Human Development and Family Studies. She interned for local non-profits such as Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Children's Cabinet. Rachel finished her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2017. Currently she is a License Mental Health Therapist at Amber Creek Counseling & Recovery Services where she works with individuals and families in the rural communities.
Rachel truly believes that our community is supportive and is always finding new ways to better help our youth and families. Rachel is proud to be part of the Nevada Kids Foundation and help provide resources and support to those struggling in our community.
Board Member, Scott Horejsi
Scott moved to the Reno/Tahoe area in 1991 from Seattle, after studying finance at the University of Oregon. He worked in the financial services industry for over 21 years before transitioning into residential mortgage lending in January of 2018. Scott is currently a Mortgage Loan Originator with Celebrity Home Loans and has found that he loves to connect and assist people realize their ultimate goal of home ownership! Scott stays very active in the Northern Nevada community, has served on multiple boards and was a Rotarian for several years. He is proud to serve on the board of Nevada Kids Foundation and looks forward to making a positive impact in the lives of our local kids. In his free time, Scott enjoys traveling, hiking, running and golf.
Board Member, Jessica Burke
I am a proud Native Nevadan raising my daughter and newborn son with my husband, Justin! I am a first generation college student that attended the University of Nevada, Reno receiving my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I then pursued a Masters Degree in STEM Education.
I was an educator for 8 years in Washoe County teaching Kindergarten & first grade. I am now a College Counselor at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School where I help students during the extensive college application process to pursue their dream schools & careers. I’m proud to say that my career has allowed me to meet our youth at the beginning & end of their educational journeys. I am also a mentor of four recently graduated students for the Nevada Promise Scholarship. I am passionate about guiding our youth towards a successful pathway in life, as this is what I needed growing up. I am proud to share my educational expertise as a board member for the Nevada Kids Foundation & looking forward to helping more of my community!
Board Member, Stacy Hale
A proud native Nevadan, I was born in Las Vegas, NV where I lived for seven years before moving to Sparks, NV to be closer to my family. I am a proud graduate of Spanish Springs High School and University of Nevada, Reno... GO PACK! I received my Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and realized I was yearning for something more. After spending some time in my mom's classroom, I decided to follow in her footsteps and pursue a career in education. I attended Grand Canyon University where I received my Masters Degree in Special Education. I have been working in Washoe County School District for seven years, teaching 6th -8th grade students, and most recently, Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors at Sparks High School. I recently decided to take a year off from teaching to spend time with my two wonderful children that I share with my husband, Ben.
I'm looking forward to making a positive impact on some of the youngest members in our community as a Board Member of the Nevada Kids Foundation.
Spring Into Action-Access to sports & healthy activities, getting kids moving & motivated, support for youth programs in need
Summer/Fall- Education Goals & support for Nevada's students/schools in need
Winter- Holiday Donation Drive,support for our local shelters, foster homes and schools
Why Are Sports Important?
Sports are beneficial for both a child’s mental and physical well-being. Not only can sports help to strengthen bones and tone muscles, but they can also help children improve their academic performance and teach them the value of teamwork.
Additional Benefits of Sports
Improved leadership skills
Time management skills
"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play."
Mike Singletary-professional coach
If you know of an organization that supports our youth and is in need of support please send us a message
Educational Goals - 2023/2024
This year we will provide resources and essential items to as many students, teachers and schools as we can across Northern Nevada. Offering support to the students who are in need of help in these three critical areas:
- Mental/Social and Emotional Health
- Physical Wellness
- Nutrition Education
We are working closely with the Washoe County Education Alliance and other community educators to target funding around their students' greatest needs as they strive to succeed. As Partners in Education, we intend to play a critical role in the success of the students in the district by focusing our fundraising efforts on the most critical of needs.
'Children with healthy minds, bodies, and hearts are successful learners and physical and mental wellness is vital! Research shows a healthy mind-body connection impacts children's ability to pay attention and focus on learning.
Evidence-based mental health/social and emotional learning programs have been implemented in some WCSD schools and have proven to:
- increase student attendance
- improve teacher retention
- decrease student behavioral incidents
Proving that the social and emotional well-being of the students should be a priority as it has a strong influence on their academic success.'
Each school that is selected will have the opportunity to choose what resources they are most in need of. Below are some examples of how schools may choose to use the funding.
School Sports Programs/Running Club
Classroom Garden Supplies
Food Pyramid/Portion Control Materials
Healthy Snack Choice Tools
Nutrition Education Books
Social-Emotional/Mental Health Curriculum and Books
Computer Software programs etc.
We believe all children should be given the chance
to define their own futures.
How many children in Nevada live in poverty?
“A person's a person, no matter how small.”
- Dr. Seuss,
Horton Hears a Who!