Omaha students take peer-to-peer approach to fighting obesity

Jul 29, 2014

A new program at Omaha’s Northwest High School uses a peer-to-peer approach to target obesity prevention.

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A new collaboration between the city of Omaha and more than 40 organizations seeks to meet the needs of and improve conditions for young black men.

Midlands Mentoring Partnership is holding its 5th Annual Mentoring Summit and Youth Development Luncheon next Wednesday, March 19th.

January is National Mentoring Month

Jan 7, 2014

12 organizations are members of Omaha’s Midlands Mentoring Partnership.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Attorney General Tom Miller says he wants Iowa lawmakers to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Teen behavior survey results released

Oct 25, 2013

Douglas County health officials say more needs to be done to address the mental health needs of teenagers.

Girls, Inc. of Omaha has plans to renovate, as well as add on to its existing building.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 Kids Count Data Book was released yesterday (Monday).

Over the last 25 years, Youth Frontiers has worked with over 1.2 million students across the country.

LB 216 is meant to help youth who age out of foster care receive the transitional support they need.

The mission of Outlook Nebraska, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of the blind and visually impaired.

National Bike to School Day celebrates the benefits of daily exercise and safe routes for kids.  It takes place this Wednesday across the state.

A recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that over the past 15 years, the United States has reached a low in incarcerating youth. 

The state’s first Farm to School Summit will be held in Kearney on Wednesday.

Courtesy of Cheril Lee

Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty says Grammy winning singer and humanitarian John Legend.


The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released findings and recommendations from its 2nd Kids Count Policy Report of 2012. 

Feeding Nebraska's Kids

Dec 6, 2012

25 Nebraska counties have schools that are eligible to participate in the free and reduced price lunch program, but currently have no summer feeding programs. 

Kate Bolz, Executive Director for Nebraska Appleseed, says a new grant program recently approved in the legislature offers non-profit organizations the opportunity to bridge that gap. 

She says Senator Norm Wallman introduced the legislation because 1 in 5 children in Nebraska is food insecure. 

Cobweb Castle is the Omaha Children’s Museum’s not-so-scary haunted house.

Young people make up about a quarter of the electorate, and voting rights advocates say they’re a powerful collective force when they turn out to vote.

Prime Time Family Reading Time is a reading and discussion program for families with kids ages 6-10 who are struggling with their reading. 

More than 4,000 schools around the world are set to participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 3rd.

Nebraska has its first Inspector General of Child Welfare.

The Strategic Air and Space Museum was awarded a 2012 NASA Summer of Innovation Grant in July. 

Sprawl: The Kent Bellows Studio Young Artist Exhibition opens Friday, August 3rd and continues throughout the month.

A survey of Nebraska teens’ behaviors and activities shows fewer are smoking or drinking.

A unique program at Omaha's Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School earlier this year taught students the five pillars of hip-hop.

Metropolitan Community College partnered with the AmeriCorps VISTA program to implement a hip-hop curriculum.  Jason Rodriguez of the VISTA program taught the hip-hop curriculum. 

He says the classes gave students something to relate to while stressing the importance of education.  Rodriguez says the curriculum covered the five pillars of hip hop, including dj'ing and emceeing, one of the students’ favorites.

The Omaha Public Library is offering two workshops to help teens build confidence and learn life skills.

The library is offering the two sessions in collaboration with LifeBound.  Gary Wasdin, Executive Director for the Omaha Public Library, says this is the first time the library is offering programs like this.  He says "Success in Middle School” addresses the transition that 6th and 7th graders undergo. 

Artwork from the Kent Bellows Studio is on view in the Omaha Mayor’s office.

Anne Meysenburg, Executive Director for the Kent Bellows Studio, said Mayor Jim Suttle's office wanted something to connect them to the art community, as well as something to beautify their offices.  She says the 12 pieces on display include some paintings, some drawings and collage work. 

Meysenburg says the art was created by students over the past couple of semesters.  She says the students and staff at the studio are excited about this collaboration with the Mayor’s office.

Throughout the month of June, 28 young women have been participating in an educational experience called the Eureka Program.

Angie Hodge directs the program.  She says this is the first year the nationwide program has been offered in Nebraska.  Eureka offers 8th grade girls the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math. 

In addition to focusing on the STEM fields, Hodge says the program also helps build character, and encourage physical wellness.

2.7 million children are in kinship care on any given day in the United States.  

Kinship caregivers are either extended family members or close family friends who take care of kids in their parents’ absence.

Rob Geen, Director of Family Services and Systems Policy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says often these caregivers are taking care of children without much advance notice. He says making their lives ready to be able to care for the kids is a challenge.