Luncheon focuses on engaging and retaining Omaha’s young professionals of color

OMAHA, NE – On Friday, December 1st, Urban League of Nebraska will host their annual Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon. The luncheon will recognize three organizations that endeavor to create a more diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. This year’s Equal Opportunity Day Awards acknowledges the impact our honorees have made on the lives of youth and young professionals of color in Omaha.


The keynote speaker is Carlos J. Clanton, President of the National Urban League of Young Professionals. At just 24-years-old, Clanton became the director for the Norfolk Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, making him the youngest and the first African-American in to lead one of the oldest local chambers in the country. Clanton will talk about the importance of engaging and retaining young professionals of color.


Awards will be given to American National Bank, the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Empowerment Network’s STEP-UP Omaha! program. American National Bank will receive the 2017 Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Award for their long-time commitment serving communities of color and supporting efforts to ensure that the workforce of tomorrow is diverse. The Empowerment Network will receive the Community Organization Award for their STEP UP Omaha! program, which has provided thousands of youth hands-on work experience at employers across Greater Metro Omaha.


The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce will receive the Corporate Outreach Award for partnering with the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals to conduct a survey to learn more about the disparities impacting young professionals of color. The Chamber also partnered with the Urban League of Nebraska and the United Way of the Midlands on an endeavor called Strategic4Sight, which examined Omaha’s economic future and how the community can end poverty, creating an Omaha where everyone can live, work and play.

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Urban League of Nebraska board chair named senior vice president of American National Bank

Omaha, NE, (November 14, 2017) American National Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jason L. Hansen to Senior Vice President. The promotion reflects the significant contributions Jason has made to the growth of the bank through his strategic focus and leadership, particularly in the Corporate Banking group at American National Bank, which focuses on key commercial client relationships and fostering new business development within the middle market.

“Jason has been an integral part of our organization as well as our community for 15 years with a demonstrated history of building relationships and using his wealth of experience to help long-term clients achieve their financial goals. He is an invaluable member of our team that continues to expand services and lending expertise through talent and product development,” said Bill Klein, CEO. Click here to read the full press release.

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Changing Lives One Wednesday at a Time

Here at ULN, people in the community come to us to participate in our employment programs. One service we offer is Working Wednesdays, where Working Wednesdays hiring events connect job seekers and employers.  These events feature anywhere from one to ten employers from a wide variety industries, or they may be focused on a certain industry.

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Oct. 27th-Oct. 29th

This weekend was…. eventful.

I finally moved to my real apartment and it has been the best to me already. People keep on asking me if the apartment is too small. Compared to the townhouse I was living in, I much prefer the apartment. I know I have a lot of stuff, but smaller space, the better.

Moving just across the street was a hassle just due to the fact of the windy-ness of Omaha (was NOT expecting that!) So all I did on Friday was adjust to my new home and ordered pizza (no time to make food!)


On Saturday, I asked my friend (also a fellow Weitz Fellow) to take me to the Nebraska Humane Society. I was ready for a cat. 3 months in planning, and years of wanting another pet, I finally was able to adopt a pet (remember, #AdoptDontShop). I had my eyes on Waffles, an overweight fluffly cat. I was telling everyone Waffles is the one, Waffles is the one. However: Waffles was not the one. I was able to have some time with her and I enjoyed her so much! The person who was helping me find the right cat did inform me that Waffles will be a lot to handle. She had pre-diabetes, her former family was not taking care of her at all, and she would need to go to the vet routinely.

This did not sound like the emotional support animal I needed. I wanted to care for a cat, but I also wanted in turn a cat that would make sure my anxiety was stable. I was crying to that volunteer, because I was worried that Waffles would never get adopted due to her pre-existing conditions. She comforted me saying Waffles will definitely be adopted. So she ask if there was another cat I had in mind. I told her that this black cat named Midnight was interested in me. So she left with Waffles and came back with that skinny black cat.


There he was. Already adjusted to me. He just looked at me and was like, “Oh, hey you!”

He came to me and just snuggled with me. He even let me pick him up! Then he got really comfortable on my chest. I was at peace with all of this, even when people were passing by and saying, “oh looks like he is gonna get adopted!”

They were right.

October 28th, 2017, I adopted Midnight (now known as Hallows Eve). He is a wonderful cat. I sometimes forget he is a cat because he sometimes acts like a very calm dog. I don’t wanna say it is love, but I love him already.

Even if he wakes me up at 4:48 am meowing for food.

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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. Continue reading

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Day of Caring: August 25th, 2017

OMAHA, NE – United Way of the Midlands Day of Caring was a day of appreciation and support. Day of Caring is the largest United Way volunteer even in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. Hundreds of volunteers on this day help put many non-profit organizations across the community.

The Urban League of a Nebraska was fortunate enough to have volunteers from MAPA, Safehaven, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Farmer’s National come and make our Urban League campus feel like home. From outdoor work of planting perennials to indoor work of making our event boards look brand new, we at the Urban League are very grateful for the help from these volunteers and their organizations.

If you want to know more about Day of Caring, and set you calendar for 2018’s event, click here.

If you would like to know more about the United Way of the Midlands, click here.



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