Step Up Omaha Jobs and Work Experience Program
African American Empowerment Network Inc.
Step-Up works to connect youth participants from low income families and targeted areas with high unemployment and poverty to ongoing career and educational opportunities with the goal of developing new job-based skills, attaining industry credentials and fostering overall financial stability. The program achieves its goals through a holistic approach that addresses the entire person – from educational alignment to build pathways to post-secondary education and/or career; to life skills training, such as crisis intervention and financial literacy, to the removal of employment barriers by providing transportation, appropriate work attire and supportive employment coaches; to 1:1 connections to basic family needs/resources such as food, shelter and healthcare as needed.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha
The Neighborhood Centers provide direct assistance that mitigates hunger and food insecurity, provides the tools and education for individuals to rise out of poverty and live healthier, happier lives. The two centers (St. Martin de Porres Center in north Omaha (SMdP) and Juan Diego Center (JDC) in south Omaha) are well-recognized community venues that affirm the dignity of each person receiving services. They have created a culture of trust and competence by intentionally promoting a welcoming environment for low- to no-income individuals and families in these communities. Services include: Food Pantry – the two emergency food pantries serve over 20,000 low- to no-income individuals on-site and through mobile pantries annually.
Independent Living Skills (ILS)
Child Saving Institute, Inc.
Child Saving Institute’s Independent Living Skills program serves young adults 14 to 24 years of age in the Douglas and Sarpy Countie, who have aged out of the foster care system and are without the support of family. These young adults are referred to CSI through efforts of other agencies including Promiseship (formerly Nebraska Families Collaborative), and Project Everlast. The CSI Independent Living Skills program provides a wide range of services based on the youth’s individual needs through a wraparound approach: individual assessments identify each adolescent’s specific needs (e.g., job training, money management skills, educational assistance, mentoring); case management services provide an Independent Living Specialist to facilitate the development and function of a youth-driven transition planning team that assists in the development of the young adults’ independent living plan, identifies specific goals, and provides assistance and encouragement to the youth in the attainment of these goals; training and support groups meet on a monthly basis to provide training on specific independent living skills (e.g., budgeting, career planning, resume building, healthy relationships) and support for the social and emotional aspects of preparing for independence.
College Possible Omaha’s Core Program
College Possible is making college admission and success a reality for low-income students in Omaha through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. They envision a day when the future of America’s children is determined solely by their talent, motivation and effort. College Possible identifies low-income youth with the potential for and interest in college and provides them with five critical services at no cost: extensive ACT test preparation, college application assistance, financial aid consulting, guidance in the college transition and support toward college degree completion and workforce readiness. High school students meet twice weekly in cohorts led by a College Possible coach who is an AmeriCorps national service member and recent college graduate. Students continue to receive coaching after high school through college graduation. College Possible also provides College Prep Talks for younger students to foster early college planning and preparation.
Youth Academic Navigator (YAN) / Reengagement Specialist
The Youth Academic Navigator (YAN) serves as a case manager for high school youth voluntarily participating in the full D2 Center (D2C) program. These high risk youth may not graduate on time, are attending an alternative school, or have dropped out. After completing intake/assessment, students are assigned a YAN. YANs check in with their students frequently, help with barriers, & hold the youth accountable to ensure they are attending class & making progress.
Goodwill Industries Inc.
YouthBuild is a program for Opportunity Youth ages 16 to 24 who have struggled with traditional school and are looking to make a positive change in their lives. The program combines classroom learning and hands-on construction experience. The goal is to empower YouthBuild participants to become self-sufficient which ties directly in with the United Way of the Midlands goal of increasing financial stability within our community.
iJAG: Transforming At-Risk Students into Future-Ready Graduates
Iowa JAG Inc
iJAG makes the difference between surviving and thriving by helping students achieve a high school education – the foundation of economic potential, and the gateway to a lifetime of self-sufficiency. The program focuses on two major areas, high school graduation and workforce development. iJAG uses a comprehensive model, targeted to individual needs, which includes classroom instruction, competency-based curriculum, mentoring, employment training, leadership development, job and post-secondary education placement services, 12-month follow-up services, and an accountability system.
Branching Out Independent Living Program-Financial Stability Programming
Omaha Home for Boys
Branching Out Independent Living Program serves youth who are transitioning from foster care or who are referred for intervention by a community partner to prevent homelessness and/or improve self-sufficiency. These young men and women lack the skills and resources necessary to successfully transition to independence or maintain independence without assistance. Many are one crisis away from homelessness without the safety net the program offers. Branching Out integrates workforce readiness, educational assistance and life skills development to give youth the ability to lead independent, productive lives.
Whitney Young Academy
Urban League of Nebraska, Inc.
The Urban League of Nebraska Whitney Young Academy teaches 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders the skills needed for (1) graduation from high school, (2) enrollment in post-secondary education and (3) attaining and retaining employment. WYA has a special emphasis on preparing the next generation’s workforce, promoting careers in S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math). These careers have the potential to pay beyond a living wage, lifting students, their families and their community out of poverty.
Partnership for Youth Job Skill Development (Job Readiness)
Youth Emergency Services Inc.
The Partnership for Youth Job Skill Development Program provides support to youth aged 16-23 identify long-term career interests, pursue education goals, learn appropriate job applicant behavior and tasks, and seek and obtain employment. The program will be available to all youth from any of YES’ programs and will complement YES’ current continuum of care by filling the gaps in each participant’s education and work experience.