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Connected Youth Initiative: Kevin, a Motivated Young Man, Arrives at Success, Thanks to His Determination and a Little Help from Opportunity Passport

Kevin has been a participant in Opportunity Passport™ for over three years. He speaks three languages, plans to attend college, continues to demonstrate financial self-sufficiency. Given these skills, he’s already created a solid foundation but has built on these existing talents. Read more to see how he accomplished his goals!

Resources for Unconnected Youth: Connected Youth Initiative Grants Hope   During an unsettling time, our communities and youth with foster care experience matter. Despite these challenges, positive changes are happening every day both here at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and in the communities in which we work.   We’ve seen

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Support Helps a Driven Young Woman with Foster Care Experience Continue to Thrive

Rosa is smart and talented. She also has foster care experience. What resources did she have to support her during her first semester of college when she relapsed into mental health issues?

Bright, capable Rosa entered the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a long list of scholarships. A trauma survivor who suffers from mental health issues, Rosa’s first semester of college marked a particularly difficult time. What resources did this capable young woman have to support her?

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Former Foster Youth and Connected Youth Initiative Participant Gains Financial Empowerment, Dental Care, and Reason to Smile

Sheri's name has been changed, but her success is very real

A young. single mother with foster care experience, Sheri knew she was capable of finding a job but needed extensive dental work. Through her determination, Connected Youth Initiative participation, read more about this young woman’s success story…and smile.

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100-Day Challenge: The results are in

This year, Lift Up Sarpy County led the 100-Day Challenge, an ambitious collaborative initiative designed to accelerate community- and state-level efforts to improve the financial stability for a group of families and young adults to ensure they have the best

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Lift Up Sarpy County launches 100-Day Challenge

144,000 minutes, 2,400 hours, 100 days: that’s the amount of time that it can take to drastically transform the lives of vulnerable young people or families. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is committed to providing

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Posted in Cradle to career, News and Events, Teen/Early Adulthood

Hawaii’s take on social capital for youth in care

Like Nebraska, Hawaii works with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative to help youth aging out of foster care transition into a successful adulthood. This video from Hawaii shows youth discussing the importance of the social and family connections in

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