First Lady’s Initiatives


First Lady Kathleen Sandoval is committed to working with Governor Sandoval to make Nevada a better, stronger, healthier state for present and future generations of Nevadans. She believes that effective leadership means leading by example, and that talking points aren’t enough to get the job done. She consistently devotes her time and energy as Nevada’s First Lady to a number of non-profit and community service organizations. These are just a few of the major initiatives and efforts in which the First Lady is actively involved and which she whole-heartedly supports:

    Children’s Mental Health

    The First Lady is a passionate advocate for children’s mental health, and continues to work to ensure that this remains a top priority in the State of Nevada. As part of her ongoing efforts to promote children’s wellness and to raise awareness about these issues, the First Lady hosts an annual children’s mental health summit in Carson City to discuss the services available to Nevada’s children, and ways to better improve and strengthen Nevada’s communities.

    Food Security in Nevada

    Currently, nearly one in four children in Nevada come from households that suffer from food insecurity, and more than one in six persons in Nevada is considered food insecure. As Chairperson of the Governor’s Council on Food Security, the First Lady is actively engaged in addressing food and hunger issues across the state. She recently hosted the Nevada Food Summit at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City, which brought together Nevada’s leading policy makers and community stakeholders to develop a strategy to implement the Governor’s Nevada Food Security Plan, which will help reduce hunger and make Nevada’s communities more food secure.

      The First Lady also hosted a special screening of the powerful documentary, “A Place at the Table,” at the Governor’s Mansion, and facilitated a discussion about eliminating the problem of hunger in Nevada. The discussion produced many thoughtful and productive ideas about how to address this serious problem affecting so many Nevadans across the state.

      Strong Start Nevada

      The First Lady proudly serves as the Ambassador for Strong Start Nevada, a local initiative of the national Strong Start for Children: Building America’s Future campaign. Strong Start Nevada is a united effort to support significant expansion of high-quality early education opportunities for children ages five and under, particularly those in low-income and underserved families. Representatives from multiple organizations and agencies across the state, including United Way, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Urban League, Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, and others, support the Strong Start Nevada campaign.

      Make•A•Wish Foundation

      The First Lady is an active volunteer and supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each year, Mrs. Sandoval participates in the Annual Waffles & Wishes fundraiser to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Most recently, she was honored to help grant the wish of six-year-old Lillian, who was crowned a princess and received an official send-off to a famous theme park in Florida.

      Women’s Health and the Nevada Health Centers Mammovan

      The NVHC Mammovan is a mobile mammography van that provides critical early detection, screening and diagnostic care to women in underserved areas in Nevada. The First Lady is the proud Spokesperson and Honorary Chair for this invaluable program which has operated since 2000 and is supported by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

      Go Red For Women Campaign

        Mrs. Sandoval also participates each year in the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, which raises awareness about women’s risk of heart disease and helps to promote the important of heart health. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of more women each year than the next five causes of death combined, including cancer.

        Nevada Literacy Initiatives

        Mrs. Sandoval is committed to increasing literacy rates among Nevada’s youth, and supports a variety of local and national efforts that help support increased literacy and literacy awareness. She is a regular participant in the Jumpstart Read for the Record campaign, which has raised more than $8 million for education programs and provided more than 1.6 million books for children in low-income neighborhoods. Most recently, the First Lady joined more than 2 million people nation-wide who set aside a single day to raise literacy awareness.

        The First Lady is also involved with the Scholastic Corporation as a Reading Ambassador

          This allows her to help spread the message that reading during the summer months is critical to children’s success, and helps to make them lifelong readers. As a Reading Ambassador, the First Lady helps to get four or more books into the hands of Nevada’s young learners, so they can build upon the foundations that are laid during the school year. She recently congratulated Nevada’s students who read for more than 152,000 minutes as part of the 2013 Scholastic Summer Challenge.