Bridging the Employment Gap by Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce, TODAY!
We need your help to build the workforce of the future and close the employment gap!
The Empowerment Network and City of Omaha in collaboration with community partners are working to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to gain valuable job training and work experience during the summer. We are working to provide jobs, internships, work experience, vocational training, career exploration, life skills training and leadership opportunities.
STEP-UP OMAHA! recruits, trains, and places prepared Omaha youth and young adults age 14 to 21, in mutually beneficial part-time and full-time summer and year-around employment and career exploration opportunities. STEP-UP OMAHA! builds on the Empowerment Network and its community partners’ successes in hiring and placing over 6,500 participants over the past thirteen years.
Based on their commitment to building a highly competitive workforce of the future, both the City of Omaha and the United Way of the Midlands have made significant investments to help expand the employment program. We would like to build on the program’s successes and connect 700 to 1,000 youth and young adults to work this summer and beyond. Employers over the past thirteen years have included non-profits, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and for-profit businesses.
STEP-UP OMAHA! a community-based initiative of the Empowerment Network funded in part by the City of Omaha and Charles E. Lakin Foundation in collaboration with community partners: Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, Heartland Workforce Solutions, Hope Center for Kids, Girls Inc., Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Omaha Housing Authority, Omaha Public Schools, Urban League of Nebraska and the United Way of the Midlands.
Step-Up Omaha Vision: We collaborate to bridge the employment gap and invest in the workforce of the future by recruiting, training, and preparing at-risk and career-minded youth and young adults in our community to make positive life choices, empowering them to fully maximize their personal potential through educational and career opportunities.
- Ages 14-15 complete a Career Exploration program.
- Ages 16-18 complete a work experience and jobs training program.
- Workers will complete 2 weeks of employability training from June 5, 2023 through June 16, 2023.
- Workers are available between June 19, 2023 – August 4, 2023 for worksite assignments.
- Workers are available to work 20 hours per week.
- Workers are paid a minimum of $10 per hour. (either by your organization or Step-Up Omaha!)
- Ages 19-21 participate in Step-Up Omaha! Connect – a training and placement program.
Here are the four ways that you can invest in this vitally important initiative:
- Hire participants from the initiative and provide a high quality work experience
- Provide work experience opportunities that are subsidized or partially subsidized
- Sponsor participants financially. Participants will be placed on a separate work site
- Make a financial contribution to support the initiative
STEP-UP OMAHA! PLEDGE:
A partial list of current and past participants, contributors, and sponsors since 2008
|100 Black Men|
American Family Insurance
American National Bank
Bank of the West
Benson Plant Rescue
Big Mama’s Kitchen
Black Bottom Biscotti
Blue Cross Blue Shield
C. B. Washington Branch Library
Charles Drew Health Center
City of Omaha
Douglas County Treasurer’s
Family Housing Advisory Services.
Habitat for Humanity
Heartland Workforce Solutions
Holy Name Housing
Hope Center for Kids
Max I Walker
Mutual of Omaha
National Park Service
|Omaha Fire Dept.|
Omaha Minority Community
Omaha Police Department
Omaha Public Schools
Peter Kiewit Foundation
Salem Baptist Church
Security National Bank
South Omaha Business Assc.
Urban League of Nebraska
Wells Fargo Bank
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