Community organizations partner to promote African-American male achievement

American Promise

OMAHA, NE – The Urban League of Nebraska in collaboration with Nebraska Educational Television and eight other community organizations is hosting the American Promise Tour.  The tour is in response to the overwhelming reaction of community members who watched the American Promise documentary aired earlier this year and wanted to address the barriers to African-American male achievement.

The American Promise Tour consists of three special events focused on the success of African-American boys and young men in Omaha:

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Premiere of The Need to Succeed: Closing Omaha’s Black Male Achievement Gap
Documentary on the State of African-American Boys and Young Men in Omaha
In April of 2014, a coalition of NET Learning Services and community partners in Omaha created a televised Town Hall event centering on a broadcast of the acclaimed 90-minute POV documentary film, American Promise. The dialogue focused on the challenges facing young
African-American men as they navigate life, school and social situations. The Need to Succeed identifies some of the issues within the Omaha community, but also what can be done to overcome these obstacles to create a brighter future for youth in one of the state’s most challenging educational environments.
Time: 6:00 pm Reception
6:30 pm Event and Premiere of The Need to Succeed
Location: UNO Community Engagement Center – UNO Campus

Friday, August 22, 2014
Workshop and Book Signing for Educators, Mentors and Youth Development Workers
Hosted by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, creators of the American Promise Documentary
As a special community outreach effort, the partners are also hosting an American Promise Tour with Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, parents of the young men in the film as well as creators of the documentary. The filmmakers are coming to Omaha on August 22nd and 23rd to host workshops with educators, community members, and young people. They will also be available at several Omaha bookstores and libraries to sign the documentary’s companion book, Promises Kept.
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Location: Omaha Home for Boys, Wurdeman Conference Center, 52nd and Ames

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Workshop and Book Signing for Parents and Teens
Hosted by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, creators of the American Promise Documentary
Time: 10 am to Noon
Location: Omaha Home for Boys, Wurdeman Conference Center, 52nd and Ames

For more information about the American Promise Tour, please visit

The American Promise Tour events are hosted by:

NET Learning Services
The Empowerment Network
Urban League of Nebraska
Center for Holistic Development, Inc.
Inclusive Communities
University of Nebraska Omaha
Banister’s Leadership Academy
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands

The Urban League of Nebraska has been Empowering Communities and Changing Lives in Omaha since 1927.  We empower youth and adults to complete their education and achieve employment in the Omaha metropolitan area.  We change hearts and minds with advocacy across the state.  We are part of a national movement focused on education and youth empowerment, economic development and civic engagement. The Urban League is the largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization in the nation.|

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