Striving for Success Male Summit

The Striving for Success Male Summit is a day-long event held in September that inspires African-American males entering high school (the 9th grade) to excel in their education. These young males will meet successful African-American professionals and attend motivational workshops. The Summit is co-hosted by 100 Black Men of Omaha, Empowerment Network and Urban League of Nebraska. FREE for young African-American males, including meals and transportation.

2018 Striving for Success: African-American Male Summit
Monday, September 24th

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
University of Nebraska-Omaha | Milo Bail Student Center | 6203 University Dr S, Omaha, NE 68132
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DEADLINE: Sept. 13th by 5 p.m.


Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers

Photo Credit: Sioux City Journal

The Urban League welcomes Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers as this year’s Striving for Success keynote speaker. Nicknamed “The Jet” because of his rapid acceleration and speed abilities on the football field, Mr. Rodgers is known to many for his great accomplishments in college football. Mr. Rodgers broke more than 40 school records at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and helped the Huskers win two national championships in three seasons. In 1972, Mr. Rodgers was awarded the Heisman Trophy. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000. Today, Mr. Rodgers runs a sports marketing company and is a bedding product manufacturer. He also authored An Era of Greatness, a book about the University of NE’s football team during his playing years. Mr. Rodgers exemplifies the success and excellence the Urban League hopes to inspire in African-American males through Striving for Success.

Who should attend?

Students | Any young male who will be entering the 9th grade for the 2017-2018 School Year. There is no fee for students, but registration is required.

  • Register online BELOW. Forms are also available at the Urban League of Nebraska Family Resource Center, 3040 Lake Street, Omaha, NE 68111, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Download and share the S4S poster. (PNG)

Adult Role Models | Adult male professionals serve as role models during the day. Role models are paired with a table of youth during plenary sessions and may share their professional and life experiences as a panelist during breakout sessions. Some Role Models are might be attending as chaperones on behalf of a high school. Role Models are provided complimentary meals.

What should attendees wear?

Students should dress business casual: jeans or khakis and a polo or dress shirt.  Absolutely no hats, sandals, jerseys or athletic clothes. Adult Role Models may wear suits or their professional attire.

Can adults and/or females attend the summit?

The breakout sessions are only open to young males and adult Role Models. However, anyone — teachers, parents or community members and no matter your gender identity — may attend the luncheon featuring our keynote speaker for a fee.

For more information about the summit, please contact Nicole Mitchell, Urban League of Nebraska Community Coach Jasmine Wallace at 402-210-7125 or

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