Over 100 residents, family members and leaders gathered at the Turning Point Campus to support Tabatha Manning, mother of Payton Benson, the Benson family, and other families who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

October 19, 2014, would have been Payton’s 6th birthday. It was Tabatha’s wish to host a celebration for the people who have stepped forward to "be the change" and help reduce gun violence in our community. “It’s time to move from forgiveness to community acceptance and participation in support of the movement," said Tabatha Manning.

Gun violence trends moving in the right direction, more work ahead

Submitted by EmpowerOmaha on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:46

The most recent trends released from the Omaha Police Department show the city continuing to make progress in its efforts to reduce gun violence. Since 2007, gun violence has been reduced by -33% City wide and -47% in the Northeast Precinct. While still at an unacceptable level, progress is being made through the Omaha 360 collaborative efforts including 300 plus organizations and thousands of resident participants.

In addition, more residents are getting involved and calling the police to prevent and reduce gun violence. The increased community engagement has helped generate an 80% clearance rate - arrest made or crime solved - for homicides. Through September, homicides have also been decreased from 33 in 2013 to 22 in 2014.

One shooting is one too many and we will not be satisfied until the number reaches 0!

Omaha World-Herald Report - October 2014
http://www.omaha.com/news/crime/anti-violence-advocate-praises-stats-sho...

Tabatha Manning, mother of Payton Benson, plans Special Celebration for October 19, 2014
Community invited to participate in honoring the life of Payton Benson
http://www.jrn.com/kmtv/news/Omaha-mother-reaching-out-to-gangs-on-her-s...

Omaha 360 and Students for Peace continues to expand

Submitted by EmpowerOmaha on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:34

The Empowerment Network and Omaha 360 strive consistently to provide opportunities for youth to voice their concerns and suggestions for reducing violence and making the community better. The October 2014 Empowerment Network community meeting was dedicated to youth voice and solutions. The Students for Peace Movement, launched by Omaha South High School, has partnered with Omaha 360 and is being expanded to schools throughout the Metro. The movement is Student led with support from community partners. Hundreds have signed the Omaha 360 Pledge for Peace and committed to staying involved.

Striving for Success: Black Male Summit making an IMPACT

Submitted by EmpowerOmaha on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:17

Over 180 African-American 9th grade young men and 50 African-American Male Mentors joined together for a powerful day of conversation, strategy and role modeling during the 5th Annual Striving for Success: Black Male Summit.

Omaha World-Herald Coverage
http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/more-than-celebrate-potential-of-omaha-y...

KMTV Coverage
http://kmtv.video.jrn.com/150-teens-attend-Striving-For-Success-Black-Ma...


Thank you for attending the 3rd Annual African-American Leadership Conference


Over 350 leaders participated.

The Empowerment Network celebrated the 8th Anniversary of its formation in September with the 3rd Annual African-American Leadership Conference. Eight years ago, the first meeting brought together local African-American leaders and concerned residents from every sector and area of Omaha. Eight years later, African-American leaders from across the United States are convening in Omaha to share best practices and learn more about the work and results occurring in Omaha. Cities across the country are looking to The Empowerment Network and Revive! Omaha Magazine as best practice models that should be replicated. George Fraser has issued the challenge to establish the Network in over 20 cities over the next five to 10 years.

Seven years ago, the question was “can we work together to make measurable, tangible change in our community?” Seven years later, the resounding answer is, absolutely! The positive changes are gaining the attention of leaders and cities across the nation. This news may come as a surprise to some because most of the media’s attention is directed towards the negative aspects of our community. To be clear, there are major issues and significant gaps related to employment, education, housing and quality of life yet to be fully solved, but the collective results after seven years are promising and encouraging.

Yes, Omaha is on the move. It’s time to ACCELERATE the pace of TRANSFORMATION! The first phase of the Transformation 2025 Initiative has officially launched.

The first phase of the Transformation 2025 Initiative has officially launched. Building on seven years of collaborative efforts, the transformation initiative challenges leaders and residents to achieve visionary goals and objectives. The rest of 2014 and 2015 will provide necessary time to finalize proposals based on current work, further alignment of large and small efforts, piloting a few of the newer initiatives and completing the identification of funding sources and raising of needed investments. The plan will go into full effect between 2016 and 2025.

Omaha one of 11 Cities selected for comprehensive African-American Male Achievement Initiative

Omaha one of 11 Cities selected for comprehensive African-American Male Achievement Initiative
In 2013, the National League of Cities with the support of the Open Society Foundation and PolicyLink created an eleven city cohort referred to as the Black Male Achievement Initiative. During the spring of 2013, the Empowerment Network and City of Omaha made an application to the National League of Cities to become part of their Black Male Achievement Initiative. Omaha was notified in May of 2013 that it was one of 11 cities selected to move forward with a technical assistance grant to develop a comprehensive plan focused on the success of African-American boys and young men in Omaha. The Empowerment Network Collaboration, a seven year nationally recognized initiative, includes all of these goals and has active collaborations and measurable results in each area identified as priorities by the National League of Cities.

DO YOU WANT...
More Jobs and Businesses?
Better Schools?
Better Roads?
Better Housing?
Safer and Healthier Neighborhoods?
An Arts and Culture District?

DO YOUR PART!

A Special Empowerment Network Monthly Community Meeting
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Omaha North High School
8:45 am to 11:00 am

9:00 am - Networking, Breakfast & Information Tables
Job and Job Training Opportunities - Urban League and other Employment Partners
Contracting Opportunities - City of Omaha and other Public and Private Partners
Educational Opportunities and Services - OPS
Health Services and Health Screenings - Charles Drew Health Center
Housing and Financial Services- Family Housing Advisory Services
Neighborhood Connections - NONA
Justice - NAACP
Violence Prevention - Omaha 360 & Impact One
And, other community resources

9:30 am to 11:00 am - Interactive Community Meeting - Be a Part of the Positive Change!

Come Learn More and Get Involved: