3rd Annual Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake a Big Success
Over 85 organizations unite to host major event for the community
Even with temperatures in the mid teens, over 1,200 children and families came out to enjoy the 3rd Annual Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The Empowerment Network, Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Family Housing Advisory Services, Loves Jazz and Arts Center, Omaha Star and dozens of community partners hosted what has become one of Omaha’s most exciting and fastest growing community events and holiday celebrations.
The reaction from the community in their own words: Awesome. Amazing. Phenomenal. Loved it!
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Over 300 leaders participated in the 2nd Annual African-American Leadership Conference events held on Sept. 20, 2013 at the Hilton Omaha Downtown!
Thank You for supporting the 2nd Annual African-American Leadership Conference!
“There is nothing like this happening anywhere in the country,” said George Fraser, President of FraserNet the largest African-American networking organization in the world. "This story must be told."
Those are powerful words coming from Fraser who is highly respected nationally and internationally and recently was inducted into the African-American Business Hall of Fame. Fraser routinely presents at and hosts conferences attended by some of the most influential African-Americans in the country.
The Empowerment Network in partnership with the African-American Young Professionals, African American Professionals Network and Revive! Omaha Magazine hosted the 2nd Annual African-American Leadership Conference on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Hilton Omaha Downtown. The conference was focused on leadership development, career advancement and building healthy and thriving communities. The audience included African-American leaders and other partners from all occupations and industry sectors. The conference also attracted African-American leaders from Minneapolis, Minnesota; Birmingham, Alabama; Quad-Cities, Iowa/Illinois, Lincoln, Nebraska; Charlotte, North Carolina; and, other cities interested in leadership development and learning more about how to implement the Empowerment Network model. The response was overwhelmingly positive as participants described the conference as inspiring, powerful, phenomenal and much needed.
The 2013 Charter Convention meetings are underway and they need to hear from North Omaha.
The laws that govern the city are established in a document call a charter. At least every 10 years, the City Council must create a Charter Study Convention. The purpose of the Convention is to review the operation of city government with the possibility of recommending appropriate amendments to benefit City governmental affairs.
All of Our Students Will Achieve and Succeed
Empowerment Network October Community Meeting Recap
Free and reduced lunch does not mean our kids cannot learn. Every one of our children has greatness inside them and incredible potential. We must do everything we can to create an environment where our children can be successful. – These were some of the many take aways from the Empowerment Network’s October Community Meeting.
I was pleased to see the community engaged,” said Vicki Quaites-Ferris, Director of Operations with the Empowerment Network. “People were asking questions and getting answers. The meeting was very informative and the community walked away with a number of talking points.”
Community members asked questions regarding the importance of parent and family engagement, the impact of dyslexia on reading proficiency, the number of children in special education, how to replicate the high performing schools and the role of cultural competency in teachers.
We would like to personally invite you to get involved in one of the most exciting, largest and fastest growing community events and celebrations in Omaha, the Empowerment Network's Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake. Two years ago, it started with a vision of creating a signature Christmas event in North Omaha. After two years of working together to create and gain approval of the North Omaha Village Zone Revitalization Plan, we decided to focus our efforts on bringing people back to 24th and Lake so they could taste, smell and see what was possible in the arts, culture and entertainment district that we all envisioned. Rather wait for new buildings, we decided to use what we already had in place.
Take the Empowerment Challenge and DO YOUR PART! This video highlights just a few examples of what can be accomplished when people and groups work together in a collaborative way. Imagine the possibilities when even more join in. BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.
The Empowerment Network of Omaha, founded in 2006, is being recognized as a model for community networking, collaboration, and creating positive, measurable change. Regional and national leaders are visiting Omaha to learn, share and work towards a vision of a new and revitalized urban community. We have a long way to go to achieve our vision and reach our long-term goals, but "It is Possible!" It's time to multiply and mobilize even more individuals and groups. What if 2,000, 5,000, or 10,000 made a commitment to take action?
DO YOUR PART!