World-Herald Recognizes Striving for Success as a Victory for Young Black Men

Tuesday, September 19th, Urban League of Nebraska, The Empowerment Network, 100 Black Men of Omaha hosted Striving for Success at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Striving for Success is a day long event that inspires African-American male students entering the 9th grade to excel in their education. This year, we extended this event to middle school students and more high school 9th graders. Schools such as Nathan Hale and Northwest High School were represented at this summit.

The students were offered two sessions to talk about where to find support in their own community, how real-life struggles should not hinder their way to achievement, and were also offered to be mentees to over 50 black male role models who already have found their profession. Our guest speaker, Jaylen D. Bledsoe talked to a group of 250+ black male students the importance of long-term wealth, and how to create your own goals and successes.


The World-Herald were able to write a piece on the event, recognizing the importance this event was for many male students. World-Herald said in their article, “…one group of sophomores said they chose to come back for a second year…”

It is wonderful to see this event get the appreciation and recognition it deserves!


To read more on the article, and what students had to say about our event, click here to the World-Herald article!

To read more about Jaylen D. Bledsoe and his work, click here.

To look at more images/videos of this events, go to our Facebook page, and click on our “Striving for Success: Male Summit” photo album.

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