Proven education/employment solution for Omaha and Lincoln’s unconnected youth

imagesNebraska Children recently announced $800,000 in grants that would benefit unconnected youth in rural communities. Now, new programming in Omaha and Lincoln will round out the work that’s already being done there. Nebraska Children will be implementing the Learn to Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) framework, which is proven to improve educational outcomes for young people coming out of foster care.

WHAT IS LEAP?

The LEAP framework was developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The framework provides a specific set of supports at different stages in a young person’s educational and employment training journey. Whether acclimating a young person to post-secondary life, ensuring ongoing success in college or career training, or working to remove barriers that keep unconnected youth from completing their education and securing employment, the LEAP framework has identified what’s necessary at which stages.

IMPLEMENTATION

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has provided Nebraska with $190,000/year for the next 5 years to implement the LEAP framework in Lincoln and Omaha. During that time, we’ll work with our network of partners in these cities to provide the help that young people aging out of care need to get into college, succeed, and move into a real career pathway that will lead to a stable and self-sufficient life.

Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential is possible due to a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation supports children, young adults and families at risk with the overall goal of giving our state's most vulnerable kids what they need to reach their full potential. We do this by building strong communities that support families so their children can grow up to be thriving, productive adults.

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