Education & Youth Development

The Education & Youth Development Covenant also known as Cradle to Career Collaboration, focuses on ensuring every child has a high quality education, graduates with marketable skills and is prepared for post secondary education. Partners of the Cradle to Career Collaboration have worked to birth events and programs such as the Striving for Success Black Male Summit and the Omaha African American Male Achievement Collaboration in partnership with the City of Omaha.

Uses the “Cradle to Career Process: Teams, Needs Assessments, Service Delivery (including mentoring and tutoring), Data and Evaluation


  • Equitable funding: Increase funding, resources and support; match the needs of the students and families
  • Empowered parents, families and community: Develop strategies that fully engage parents and families; increase parent outreach, create an inviting environment, open and consistent communication, shared decision-making, financial support
  • Early childhood: invest in and expand high quality childhood development, so that every child is prepared for Kindergarten
  • Excellent schools in every neighborhood: Core elements in every school and classroom such as teacher effectiveness, culturally relevant, collaborative, strong, instruction-focused principles, challenging/interactive curriculum, extended learning time (day and year)
  • Expanded, coordinated wrap-around services: implement and coordinate support services for students and families by following the

Cradle to Career Process:

  • Engaged students – Attendance, Hope, Engagement, Leadership & Careers: Continue to improve attendance, building hope, increase number of students taking Algebra, AP, ACT; engage and develop leadership skills; link students with scholarships, jobs, internships etc.
  • Technology: Close the digital divide by expanding technology in homes and schools; high speed access for homes, schools and businesses

Lead Partners:

  • Omaha Public Schools
  • 100 Black Men of Omaha
  • Urban League of Nebraska
  • African-American Achievement Council
  • Midlands Mentoring Partnership
  • Collective for Youth
  • College is Possible
  • Learning Community

How To Get Involved:

The Cradle to Career collaboration meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Location TBD.