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‘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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Statement on Recent Events

“On behalf of the Urban League of Nebraska, I would like to express my condolences to the families of those Dallas, Texas police officers who lost their lives in the performance of their duties. I also mourn the loss of life of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. As someone who has spent a professional career in law enforcement and my adult life in service to the community, I am saddened by the divisive nature of these recent events. I am reminded by the inherent danger involved in police work and how relatively minor incidents can escalate into deadly force confrontations.
 
It is extremely important that as a community we respond appropriately to these tragic events. Police-community relations can only improve when officers treat citizens with dignity and respect. Trust and confidence in law enforcement is restored when officers conduct themselves in a professional manner. In Omaha, we benefit from having a police department that has been relatively transparent, with leadership that holds personnel accountable for their actions. We must support the concept of community-policing and not have the level of indifference that has been exhibited elsewhere in our country. It takes the police and community working together to maintain peace and sanctity in our City.”
 
Thomas H. Warren, Sr.
President/CEO
Urban League of Nebraska

Omaha World-Herald: Omaha job-training program offers a foot in the door with prospective local employers

Omaha job-training program offers a foot in the door with prospective local employers 01

PHOTO CREDIT: MEGAN FARMER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Career Boot Camp has an 80 percent success rate in placing graduates in jobs, said Karen Edwards, director of employment and career services at the Urban League.
And these aren’t just any jobs, Edwards said. The program connects graduates with employers that pay a living wage and provide good benefits. First National Bank and the United Way of the Midlands are helping to underwrite the program. Nearly 20 companies are partnering in some way, typically with training.
While Career Boot Camp is open to everyone, the majority of the students have been black Omahans, whose unemployment rate is about triple the rest of the state.
“The problem we are trying to solve is poverty,” Edwards said. “It’s a lack of access to opportunities and resources.”

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Whitney Young Jr. Academy Health and Wellness Day means healthier living for wellness workshop participants

OMAHA, NE – The Urban League of Nebraska’s Whitney Young Academy hosted a Health and Wellness Day on April 9th for 20 high school students who received information on healthy meal-planning, fitness, and other practices that contribute to better living.

The attendees, who came from various Omaha Public Schools, learned a number of techniques for health and wellness. Master Bridges Martial Arts Academy provided students with interesting and engaging self-defense and martial arts demonstrations and Alfonzo Shade of the Charles Drew Health Clinic discussed “How to Ask Your Doctor Questions”. In addition, the youth learned how to make smoothies and other “guilt-free” recipes.

“The Whitney M. Young Jr. Academy, Project Ready program provides a holistic approach to youth development, as the overall objective is to prepare our students for school, work and life,” said Urban League of Nebraska President and CEO Thomas Warren.  “The Health & Wellness workshop exposed our students to self-defense techniques, tips on improving their physical and mental health and preparing nutritious and affordable meals. These classes are designed to improve their self-discipline, build self-confidence and enhance their decision-making capability”.

This workshop, which was planned by Nicole Mitchell of the Urban League of Nebraska, raised awareness about the consequences of leading an unhealthy lifestyle and ways to combat harmful health practices.  Students said they left feeling inspired.

“I really liked the experience of learning how to eat and cook healthy,” said TyVon, a Wellness Day participant who also enjoyed the self-defense demonstrations. “It was fun being informed of how important it is to defend yourself…. [and] asking the doctor’s questions was also very informative.”

For more information about the workshop, please contact Nicole Mitchell, Whitney Young Academy program coordinator, by calling 402-578-2939 or at nicole.mitchell@urbanleagueneb.org.


KETV 7: Survey reveals ‘disparate experiences’ among Omaha young professionals

OMAHA, Neb. —The Omaha community can do more to include and embrace its diverse group of young professionals, according to a survey commissioned by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Young Professionals in 2015.

Nearly 1,500 people responded to the online survey between April and August 2015.

The results revealed a contrast: Whether young professionals grew up in Omaha, had moved away and returned, or moved to the community from a different place, 80 percent or more of respondents would recommend greater Omaha to others.

But when researchers reorganized responses based on racial identity, Greater Omaha Chamber staff said black young professionals were five to six times less likely to recommend Omaha than any other group studied.

 

Read more on this story here.

Please join the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals at their general meeting to discuss the results of this survey and its effects on the community.  The meeting will be held March 7 at 6 P.M. (5:30 for networking) at the University of Nebraska Omaha Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center.