The city of Omaha is putting $300,000 toward a new job training program for young people.
Mayor Jim Suttle says the program, called STEP-UP, is a partnership between the city, the Empowerment Network, and Omaha’s philanthropic community. Suttle says the STEP-UP program will provide mentoring along with job training. "Employment provides a structured alternative to negative activity on the streets and deters young people from the temptation of gangs and guns. It’s how we curb violence in our community and how we provide kids hope for a productive and prosperous future. "
In his weekly address Monday, Suttle called on Omaha business community to contribute an additional $300,000 for STEP-UP. He estimates STEP-UP could provide jobs for 600 young people ages 14 to 24.