Working to provide jobs, internships and more!


Are you between the ages of 14 and 21?

1. Learn more about your strengths, talents and career interests.
2. Acquire life and job skills and get connected with longer-term employment opportunities.
3. Gain work experiences including interviewing, job search and customer service.
4. Gain valuable on-the-job work experience and explore future career opportunities.
5. Earn up to $1,800 this summer and gain valuable educational training.

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The Empowerment Network and City of Omaha in collaboration with community partners are working to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to gain valuable job training and work experience during the summer.  We’re working to provide jobs, internships, work experience, vocational training, academic recovery and remediation, life skills training, and community service opportunities.

STEP-UP OMAHA! recruits, trains, and places prepared Omaha youth and young adults age 14 to 21, in mutually beneficial paid summer jobs and work experience opportunities.  STEP-UP OMAHA! builds on the Empowerment Network and community *partners’ successes in hiring and placing over 3400 participants over the past seven years.  Based on its commitment to building a highly competitive workforce of the future, the City of Omaha has made a significant investment in helping to expand the employment program.

"A job gives teenagers and young adults more than a paycheck.  Jobs help to develop self-esteem, teach time management skills and how to work as part of a team.  The Step-Up jobs program provides that first job opportunity for many and Omaha businesses have a new pool of eager job candidates. The City of Omaha is proud to return as a Step-Up partner in 2016." - Mayor Jean Stothert

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Application Deadline:
March 6, 2017 (Midnight)

Application Period For All Ages: Feb. 6 – March 6, 2017
Summer Program Starts June 5 and ends August 11, 2017

In 2012, the City of Omaha, Empowerment Network and community partners challenged the business community, philanthropists, community organizations, and individuals to help us put youth and young adults to work.  We were successful in raising nearly $900,000, put 443 youth and young adults to work and employed 22 coaches. In 2013, we worked to put 390 youth and young adults to work, while also employing 16 coaches.  In 2014, we would like to build on this success and put 500 youth and young adults to work this summer and beyond.  Employers over the past seven years have included non-profits, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and for-profit businesses.

Here are the four ways that you can invest in this vitally important initiative:
1. Hire participants from the initiative and provide a high quality work experience
2. Provide work experience opportunities that are subsidized or partially subsidized
3. Sponsor participants financially.  Participants will be placed on a separate work site
4. Make a financial contribution to support the initiative

Application Period For All Ages: Feb. 6 – March 6, 2017
Summer Program Starts June 5 and ends August 11, 2017

STEP-UP OMAHA!  is a community-based initiative of the Empowerment Network and the City of Omaha in collaboration with community partners: Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, ENCAP, Heartland Workforce Solutions, Hope Center for Kids, Girls Inc., Latino Center of the Midlands, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Omaha Housing Authority, Omaha Public Schools, Salvation Army Kroc Center, South Omaha Business Association and the Urban League of Nebraska.
A partial list of current and past participants, contributors, and sponsors since 2008:
100 Black Men       
African-American Achievement Council
Alegent+Creighton Health
American Family Insurance
American National Bank
Bank of the West   
Bellevue University
Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering         
Big Mama’s Sandwich Shop
Blue Cross Blue Shield           
Building Bright Futures
Charles B. Washington Branch Library
Charles Drew Health Center
City Sprouts
City of Omaha
ConAgra Foods                       
Coventry Health                     
Cox Communications
Creighton University
Dairy Queen
Davis Companies
Douglas County Treasurer’s Office
Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership
Family Housing Advisory Services
Habitat for Humanity
Hilton Hotels
Holland Foundation
Holy Name Housing
Hope Center for Kids             
Impact One Community Connection     
Lindsay Manufacturing          
Lozier Foundation  
Max I Walker         
Methodist Hospital
Metropolitan Community College         
National Park Service
Nothing But Net    
Omaha Economic Development Corporation
Omaha Minority Community Development Corporation      
Omaha Public Schools
Omaha Star
Omaha Steaks       
Physicians Mutual
Pinnacle Bank        
Salem Baptist Church
Salem’s Children Center
Salvation Army
Security National Bank
South Omaha Business Association
Turning Point                         
Urban League of Nebraska                    
Weitz Foundation                                                                                  
Wells Fargo Bank