Black and Brown Legislative Day returning for 2nd year with a greater impact

OMAHA, NE – Tuesday, February 27th, the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals and community partners will sponsor the 2nd Annual Black and Brown Legislative Day.  The main focus of this event is to help engage persons of color in the legislative process to increase civic engagement.

People who register for the event will have a pre-event training session on February 20th, where they will receive education on how bills become law, how to identify and engage legislators on important issues, and what testifying at committee hearings entail. Participants will then travel to Lincoln the day of the event to put those newly learned skills to use. The group will convene at their meeting location in the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) building for breakfast and a skills refresher before heading over to the State Capitol to speak with senators, watch the floor debate, and attend committee hearings for legislative bills.  The event will provide an opportunity for participants to learn the legislative process and advocate on issues that affect communities of color by helping empower them to bring their concerns to Nebraska Senators about legislation that affects them.

“With this year’s Black and Brown Legislative Day, we want to make sure we have a greater impact by not just engaging our young professionals, and older adults, but by getting our youth involved as well,” states Jasmine Harris, the ULNYPs Civic Engagement Committee Co-Chair. “If we can start educating our youth at an early age around this process, they will more than likely be more civically involved in their communities and know that they can help create the change they want to see.” Juniors and seniors of the Omaha Public Schools’ Leadership group Omaha Student Voice Council, which is a forum for student self-advocacy, leadership development, counteracting bullying and discrimination, and increasing civic engagement and voting awareness, will be participating in this year’s event.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  For Omaha participants, transportation will be provided.  A charter bus will leave the Urban League of Nebraska (3040 Lake St.) at 8:00 AM and will leave Lincoln at 2:30 PM to ensure arrival back at the Urban League no later than 3:30 PM.

Partners for the event include ACLU of Nebraska, Black Men United, Civic Nebraska, Coalition for a Strong Nebraska, and more.  The spirit of this event is purely educational Interested individuals may register for the event by searching “Black and Brown Legislative Day” on If you have questions please contact Jasmine Harris at or (402) 915-2996.

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This Year’s Pancake Feed Fundraiser More Successful than Last’s


OMAHA, NE – A Saturday morning pancake feed hosted by the Urban League of Nebraska’s Education and Youth Development Department had an amazing turnout.  The event, which was held as a fundraiser for the 2018 Cultural & Leadership College Tour taking place in the spring, had many supporters who came and donated in return for a delicious meal. The number of attendees was significantly higher than last year’s event, and the total amount raised exceeded 2016’s pancake feed fundraising efforts.

“This year’s turnout is the biggest I have seen. There were long lines just waiting on seating,” stated Education and Youth Development Director Tyrone Marshall. Tyrone added that the success of the event’s turnout has been influenced not only by the promotion and support from Urban League, but also the change of location to LoLo’s Chicken and Waffles. A few of the students who are attending the tour who donated their time to help with the pancake feed had also got offered a chance to work at LoLo’s.

Both students attending the college tour and most Urban League Staff members were there to volunteer and donate to the tour. Urban League of Nebraska’s Project Ready College Specialist Jeffrey Williams said, “it is so great to see students involved in volunteering for their fellow classmates. What they are doing here is simply amazing.”

The Urban League of Nebraska would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s fundraiser!

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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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