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.
The May Press Club featured Lincoln Senator Kathy Campbell, Chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee and Carolyn Rooker, Executive Director of Voices for Children in Nebraska.
The two talked about the changes the legislature has made dealing with the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children in Nebraska. Senator Campbell guided the legislation through the Unicameral. Rooker is an advocate on child welfare issues. She says nationally there are three main things the child welfare system strives to do.
The Omaha Area Youth Orchestra will play popular pieces from Rimsky-Korsakov, Delius and Mendelssohn at its annual Side by Side program.
The Side by Side Concert takes place Sunday at 7:00 in the Holland Center. OAYO Executive Director Aviva Segall says the program offers the Youth Symphony the chance to perform alongside Omaha Symphony musicians.
She says Maestro Thomas Wilkins will conduct the majority of the concert.