Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

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Nebraska Children and Families Foundation invests in, sparks and advances community solutions to create positive change for children. They bring public and private sectors together throughout the state to prevent problems that threaten the well-being of children. Working with local, state and national partners, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation promotes the importance of providing opportunities and services to families that nurture a child’s healthy growth from cradle to career.

Grantee Information
Federal Awards: 
$1 million over two years (2015-2016)
Focus Area: 
Youth Development
Geographic Focus: 
Non-metropolitan counties of Nebraska: All counties except Lancaster, Douglas and Sarpy

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation’s Connected Youth Initiative will work in partnership with rural communities to build strong collaborations of service providers, funders and decision-makers to create supportive communities dedicated to improving outcomes for youth aged 14-24 who have experienced foster care, juvenile justice involvement or homelessness. The Connected Youth Initiative expands on the success of two Nebraska youth initiatives: Project Everlast Omaha and the Supportive Services for Rural Homeless Youth (SSRHY) National Demonstration Project.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation will scale the model from existing service locations in the metropolitan areas of Omaha and Lincoln to rural areas with the goal of increasing the number of unconnected youth receiving community-based services and supports by at least 1,500 and doubling the number of counties served.


Entities Receiving Social Innovation Fund Awards from Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership
Central Plains Center for Services
Fremont Area United Way
Hall County Community Collaborative
Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation
Norfolk Are United Way


Blue Valley Community Action Partnership
Fairbury, NE

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership (BVCA) will act as a “backbone organization,” coordinating the efforts of multiple organizations to build a Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in southeast Nebraska. CYI is based on the successful practices of existing initiatives in Omaha, Lincoln and the Panhandle. The initiative targets youth ages 14-24 who are considered “unconnected” – either because they’ve aged out of the foster care system, are exiting the juvenile justice system, are homeless or near homeless, or simply lack the family supports required to transition successfully to adulthood.

BVCA proposes to serve 200 unconnected youth ages 14-24 in the southeast Nebraska counties of: Polk, Butler, York, Seward, Fillmore, Saline, Thayer, Jefferson, Gage, Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee and Richardson.
 


Central Plains Center for Services
Broken Bow, NE

Central Plains Center for Services (CPCS), on behalf of the Through the Eyes of the Child collaborative, will build a Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) system to serve young people in need in central Nebraska. CYI is based on the successful practices of existing initiatives in Omaha, Lincoln and the Panhandle. The initiative targets youth ages 14-24 who are considered “unconnected” – either because they’ve aged out of the foster care system, are exiting the juvenile justice system, are homeless or near homeless, or simply lack the family supports required to transition successfully to adulthood.

CPCS proposes to serve 200 unconnected youth ages 14-24 in the central Nebraska counties of: Custer, Blaine, Garfield, Sherman, Valley, and Loup.  The collaborative intends to fill service gaps in the area of permanence, mental health services, transportation, financial literacy/savings and more. CPCS will use funding to hire a Central Access Navigator to serve as a single entry point for youth needing services and to coordinate those services across six counties, and to contract with several area partners to provide services.  Partner programs include:


Fremont Area United Way
Fremont, NE

Fremont Area United Way, on behalf of the Fremont Family Coalition, will build a Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) system to serve young people in need in Dodge County. CYI is based on the successful practices of existing initiatives in Omaha, Lincoln and the Panhandle. The initiative targets youth ages 14-24 who are considered “unconnected” – either because they’ve aged out of the foster care system, are exiting the juvenile justice system, are homeless or near homeless, or simply lack the family supports required to transition successfully to adulthood.


Hall County Community Collaborative
Grand Island, NE

Hall County Community Collaborative (H3C) will build a Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) system to serve young people in need in the Grand Island Area of Nebraska. CYI is based on the successful practices of existing initiatives in Omaha, Lincoln and the Panhandle. The initiative targets youth ages 14-24 who are considered “unconnected” – either because they’ve aged out of the foster care system, are exiting the juvenile justice system, are homeless or near homeless, or simply lack the family supports required to transition successfully to adulthood.

H3C proposes to serve 200 unconnected youth ages 14-24 in 13 southeast Nebraska counties:  Hall, Adams, Buffalo, Clay, Dawson, Franklin, Hamilton, Harlan, Kearney, Merrick, Nuckolls, Phelps, and Webster counties. The greatest barriers encountered by the area’s unconnected youth are insufficient mental health services, lack of affordable, high-quality child care, school absenteeism, unplanned pregnancies, lack of affordable housing, lack of living wage jobs and transportation barriers.


Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation
North Platte, NE

Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, on behalf of the Families First Partnership, will build a Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) system to serve young people in need in the North Platte Area (Lincoln County). CYI is based on the successful practices of existing initiatives in Omaha, Lincoln and the Panhandle. The initiative targets youth ages 14-24 who are considered “unconnected” – either because they’ve aged out of the foster care system, are exiting the juvenile justice system, are homeless or near homeless, or simply lack the family supports required to transition successfully to adulthood. 


Norfolk Area United Way
Norfolk, NE

Norfolk Area United Way, on behalf of the Norfolk Family Coalition, will build a Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) system to serve young people in need in northeast Nebraska. CYI is based on the successful practices of existing initiatives in Omaha, Lincoln and the Panhandle. The initiative targets youth ages 14-24 who are considered “unconnected” – either because they’ve aged out of the foster care system, are exiting the juvenile justice system, are homeless or near homeless, or simply lack the family supports required to transition successfully to adulthood.

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