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Annual Giving Event Inspires Job Fair

OMAHA, NE – The Urban League of a Nebraska is a proud participant in Omaha Gives!, a 24-hour period of online giving during which Omaha-area nonprofits fundraise for programs and services.  The 2017 Omaha Gives! celebration will run from midnight – midnight on Wednesday, May 24th.

To demonstrate the impact of our Career and Employment services, the Urban League of Nebraska has decided to allocate all funds received during the 2017 Omaha Gives! celebration to our Career Boot Camp.  In order to showcase the Career Boot Camp, we have planned a community job fair.

Read our press release to learn more about this event.

Scholars to be Honored at 2017 Ceremony and Reception

The Urban League of Nebraska is hosting an annual reception on May 4th for the recipients of the 2017 ULN scholarship.  This scholarship, which is made possible by the Urban League of Nebraska, Metropolitan Community College, and the ULN Guild, was awarded this year to 40 Omaha-area youth – many of whom are ULN program participants – pursuing post-secondary educations.

View our press release to see the list of scholars and learn more about the reception.

Urban League to Offer Diverse Summer Programming for Youth

OMAHA, NE — The Urban League of Nebraska has begun recruitment efforts for a number of targeted youth programs to run from June 5th – July 14th, 2017.  These programs include Urban League University (ULU), the Summer Credit Recovery Program, and the Whitney Young, Jr. Academy (WYA) Girls’ Summer STEAM Academy.  Each is offered annually.

Read our press release to learn more about these programs.

2017 African-American Leadership Award Honorees Announced

ULN Press Release – 2017 AALA Honorees Announced

OMAHA, NE – The Urban League of Nebraska Guild is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 African-American Leadership Awards.

Each year, the Guild recognizes eight deserving local African-Americans for their significant contributions in their community and professions in the following categories: Business, Community, Education, Faith, Government, Health, Young Professional and Youth.

The 2017 Honorees are… Read more…

‘Strategic 4Sight’ collaboration to path Omaha’s future

The Greater Omaha Chamber, United Way of the Midlands and Urban League of Nebraska launched a collaboration Tuesday called “Strategic 4Sight.”

The three groups hired a futurist, Rebecca Ryan, with NEXT Generation Consulting out of Madison, Wisconsin. Through a series of workshops, Ryan will help identify where Omaha’s headed in the next 20 years and how to ensure a strong future in areas like economic growth, poverty and diversity.

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Urban League hosts first NE Black and Brown Legislative Day

LINCOLN, Neb. [KLKN-TV] – Around 30 people traveled down from Omaha Monday to get an inside look at the Nebraska Legislature. They’re with the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals, here for the first annual Black and Brown Legislative Day.

The goal? To help engage minorities in local government.

“Participating directly with the legislative process,” said Dawaune Hayes, a young professional from Omaha who went on the trip. “Local elections, especially on a state and city level, are incredibly important. It’s what’s happening in our own backyard.”

Learn more here.

Omaha World-Herald: Omaha African-American leaders honored for STEM contributions

OMAHA, Neb. [OWH] – 12 African-American leaders in Omaha … were honored Thursday night for their contributions in the STEM field [including Urban League of Nebraska Whitney M. Young, Academy Coordinator Nicole Mitchell].

Ten Innovator’s Awards also were presented to people who have created STEM learning initiatives and programs for youth. They were Karlus Cozart Sr., director of inclusion for OPS; Shonna Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Interface Web School; Greg Fripp, founder and executive director of Whispering Roots; Alisa Gilmore, associate professor of practice for engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Shelley Henderson, national diversity and inclusion manager at FIRST; Nicole Mitchell, coordinator of Whitney Young Jr. Academy at Urban League of Nebraska; Derrick Nero, K-12 engineering education instructor at UNO; Terri Norton, associate professor of construction engineering at UNL; Anthony Williams, assistant principal at Park Middle School in Lincoln; and Nancy Williams, founder of No More Empty Pots.

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Greater Omaha YPs shine a spotlight on Urban League of Nebraska YPs

“Our conversation showed how passionate and committed the ULNYPs are to changing the social landscape of Omaha, as well as finding real opportunities for civic engagement. This conversation and others have inspired a task force which will be conducting a follow-up Black YP survey to be released soon.” | Read the full story here.

WOWT: “Day of Caring” brings volunteers out to the masses

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The annual boost for community involvement hosted by the United Way of the Midlands continued in Omaha Friday with the “Day of Caring.”

Taking the morning for some yard work, pulling weeds and raking them into a pile outside of the Urban League of Nebraska, volunteers took a day off from work to give back.  “That was the best part of it, to know that it wasn’t just our team from our company, it was several other companies that are involved,” said Ernie Carr with Cox Communications. “Omaha really does show up and represent, that’s a good thing.”

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Omaha World-Herald: Annual Day of Caring draws more than 800 volunteers to metro nonprofits

OMAHA, Neb. – More than 800 volunteers [spent] Friday helping out at nonprofit organizations around the metro area for United Way of the Midlands’ annual Day of Caring.

Outside the Urban League of Nebraska at 30th and Lake Streets, volunteers pulled weeds, sanded railings and spruced up landscaping.

Javier Alers, an access engineer for Cox Communications, swept branches and weeds off a sidewalk.

“It’s about the community,” he said. “They give so much to you. It’s payback.”


Photo Credit: Ryan Soderlin, Omaha World-Herald


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