Trending:

Skip Navigation
City of Omaha - Nebraska

City of OmahaOmaha, Nebraska

CITY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY. WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS WILL BE ON SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK WITH REGULAR PICKUP SCHEDULES MONDAY-FRIDAY.

Text Size   - | +

(February 20, 2018)

Omaha’s Step-Up summer jobs program is expanding.

“Today marks a new chapter,” said Empowerment Network President Willie Barney. “We really want to thank the Mayor and City Council for the investment that will make expansion possible.”

The City has been a supporter of Step-Up since it started eleven years ago.  In 2014, Mayor Jean Stothert increased funding to $500,000 annually, this year, she doubled the City’s commitment to $1 million.

“We invest more money in step-up than any other jobs program because it works,” said Mayor Stothert.

Step-Up places youth and young adults, ages 14-21, in summer jobs.  In 2017, 1,600 people applied for work offered through Step-Up, 500 were placed in jobs or internships.  This year, with the increased in City funding, up to 700 can be placed in jobs.

“Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and I firmly believe there is a direct connection between Step-Up and a reduction in violent crime during the summer months.  We have an overall declining violent crime rate because of great relationships with community partners like the empowerment network,” said Mayor Stothert. “Now, I am asking Omaha businesses to support Step-Up with a financial contribution or a job opportunity. We depend  on our generous business and philanthropic community to make this program successful.”

Step-Up has been a summer only employment and training program since it started.  Now, Step-Up is partnering with Omaha Public Schools to identify the career interests of the students placed in summer internships, and enroll Step-Up participants in classes that align with their goals.

“If we know this works in the summer, we know it can work year-round,” said Step-Up Director Jami Anders-Kemp.

Omaha City Councilman and CHI Vice-President Pete Festersen announced CHI will fund eight scholarships for nursing assistants through Step-Up and Metro Community College, after completing the academic program, students will be offered full-time jobs.

Applications for summer jobs will be accepted through March 11.  Applications and information for employers is available at http://stepupomaha.com/StepUp2018/  

News and Information

  • Dr. King Awards Recognize Service to Community

    2019-01-19 19:06:38

    (January 19, 2019) Each year, City of Omaha and Douglas County employees have the opportunity to nominate colleagues for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award. This year, Adams Park Community Center Supervisor Orenthei ...

  • Mayor's Hotline Offers New Service

    2019-01-16 20:59:41

    (January 16, 2019) A new website to report concerns to the city is now live. Omahahotline.com is an additional option to report specific problems including code violations, graffiti, road problems, weeds, litter, and d ...

  • Mayor Asks for Feedback on Landlord Registry

    2019-01-16 20:55:39

    (January 15, 2019) A new Warple is now live to measure public opinion on rental housing inspections and potential changes in city ordinances.  The Warple, “Landlords and Rentals” is available on Mayor Jean Sto ...

  • Omaha Will Test Dockless Electric Scooters

    2019-01-16 20:49:25

    (January 16, 2019) The City of Omaha plans to begin a pilot program this spring to test dockless shared electric scooters. An RFP posted today outlines the pilot and the requirements for bidders.  The deadline to ...

  • 'A Way to Work" Offers Jobs to Homeless

    2019-01-10 19:14:44

    (January 10, 2019) The City of Omaha and the Salvation Army will launch “A Way to Work”, a work readiness program that will provide employment, training and services to homeless persons.   “A Way to Wor ...

  • MECA to Manage Riverfront Parks Development

    2019-01-04 14:48:17

    (January 4, 2019) A contract with Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA) to manage the construction, operation, maintenance  and activation of the new riverfront parks will be presented to the ...

  • Chief Schmaderer: "Our vital signs are looking good".

    2019-01-02 19:24:29

    (January 2, 2019) Omaha passed a milestone in 2018. Christmas Day marked 100 days since the last homicide in Omaha.  “This has never been done before. We are proud to be the guardians of our great city!!!” OPD ...

  • Libraries Offer Holiday Break Activities

    2018-12-13 21:00:46

    (December 13, 2018) Winter break from school is often highly anticipated by kids and teens and Omaha Public Library is the perfect place to spend the downtime! Keep young minds active and engaged by checking out bo ...

  • Street Policy Offers First-Time Innovative Option

    2018-12-13 20:54:18

    (December 13, 2018) A policy to provide new funding options for Street Improvement Districts (SIDs) has been developed and sent to the Omaha City Council for approval. The recommended policy includes funding sources for ...

  • Construction Begins on New Shelter to Improve Services ...

    2018-11-29 23:43:25

    (November 20, 2018) Construction is now underway on a new Siena/Francis House shelter designed to enhance service programming, improve security and provide a more dignified shelter within the Omaha community.   ...