1.  Increase the diversity of your workforce; Diversity improves the bottom-line!
2.  Generate new, creative and innovative ideas with fresh insights
3.  Build a pipeline of qualified and prepared workers; reverse the brain drain
4.  Increase your summer workforce at a low cost; develop local talent
5.  Build a stronger community by developing tax-paying and connected citizens

There are four ways that businesses and organizations 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.

Businesses and organizations that would like to support the initiative, please contact STEP-UP OMAHA at 402-502-3763.

You can also download, review and complete the pledge and/or job request form to become a partner with Step-Up Omaha!

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"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
City of Omaha

“We are excited to be a part of the expansion of this jobs program.  The Empowerment Network has been effective with this program for the last seven years. They have excellent connections to youth in the community and offer great support to employers. The youth participants are respectful and courteous.  It’s wonderful to see their horizons expand as they are exposed to new work challenges.”
- John Kotouc
Executive Chairman - American National  Bank
First Business Partner of the Jobs Program

“Blue Cross Blue Shield has supported youth summer employment the last four years and we are committed to partnering with the Empowerment Network, government, business leaders and community partners to expand the initiative moving forward.  The program is producing measurable results.”
- Steve Martin
CEO - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

“We’re not asking for a charitable contribution, we’re asking you to invest in the people that will potentially be able to stay with you, your organization, develop a career, it’s good for the community and good for your business.
- John Ewing

Douglas County Treasurer & Empowerment Network Board Member

“There is a direct correlation between violence and jobs and job training.  We have demonstrated over the past seven years that when our young people are provided opportunities, our violence goes down.”
- Councilman Ben Gray

City of Omaha

STEP-UP OMAHA! a community-based initiative of the Empowerment Network and City of Omaha in collaboration with community partners: Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, ENCAP, Girls Inc., Heartland Workforce Solutions, Hope Center for Kids, Latino Center of the Midlands, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Omaha Public Schools, Salvation Army KROC Center and 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               
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