Violence Prevention

Providing Alternatives to Crime

Since 2008, the Urban League of Nebraska has worked to disrupt the link between poverty and crime with the Urban Youth Empowerment Series (U-YES).

Our approach to interrupting and preventing gang activity includes assisting youth through skill development and education, as well as addressing the emotional and physical needs of our participants.

The U-YES Violence Prevention Program also provides support for the youthful offender who may be under the supervision of the juvenile court system by offering:

  • Credit recovery to obtain a high school diploma
  • Remedial and tutorial education
  • Life skills management
  • Career exploration
  • Job training

Proven Success

The U-YES Violence Prevention Program has demonstrated improvements to:

  • School attendance
  • Academic achievement and grade attainment
  • Compliance with conditions of diversion
  • High school graduation rates
  • Job placement

The U-YES Violence Prevention Program has also reduced disciplinary suspensions and expulsions, and contact with the criminal justice system.

Help Us Create Safer Communities

Resources are needed to preserve the ULN’s successful violence prevention program. Donate to the program, become a volunteer, and contact our staff if you know a student who could benefit from the U-YES program.

Together, we can keep our youth out of a life of crime and contribute to productive citizens.