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Rebecca Valdez
Director of Development and Marketing
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37 Students Honored with 2018 ULN Scholarships

The Urban League of Nebraska have honored many students this year by offering them $1,000 scholarships! This year’s scholarships, (which were made possible by the Urban League of Nebraska, Metropolitan Community College (Nebraska), ULN Guild, and Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals) will award 37 Omaha-area youth – many of whom are ULN program participants – pursuing post-secondary educations.

2018 AALA Honorees

Our 2018 AALA Honorees for this year are:

  • Business| Chandra Henley, Union Pacific Railroad
  • Community| Arvin Frazier, College Possible
  • Education| Dr. Sandra Hodges, Omaha Public Schools (Ret.)
  • Faith| Rev. Jon Lucas, New Rising Star Church
  • Government| Captain Wayne Hudson, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department
  • Health| Kenny McMorris, Charles Drew Health Center
  • Young Professional| Aja Anderson, Charles Drew Health Center
  • Youth| Rianna Gunter Omaha North High Magnet School
  • Someone Special| Lonnie McIntosh


Congratulations to you all from the Urban League of Nebraska!


2018’s African American Leadership Awards will be on Friday, June 1st! For more information, click here.

Congrats ULNYP!

Urban League of Nebraksa Young Professionals to be Awarded Humanitarian of the Year Award

Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals will be recognized at this year’s Inclusive Communities’ Humanitarian Brunch! For all thier hard work within the community, which includes creating a strategic plan on Diversity and INclusion in Omaha, the young professional group will be awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Congrats ULNYP, and thank you for making Omaha’s future brighter!

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.

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!

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.