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  • #MORETHANJUSTANUMBER

    November is National Homeless Youth Awareness month. To spread the word about Youth Emergency Services and the work YES is doing to end youth homelessness in Omaha, we are asking all of our followers, supporters, and donors to sign up for Thunderclap.

    What is Thunderclap? Thunderclap is the first crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. Basically, Thunderclap allows users to send a one-time, mass social media message to promote a cause, product, or idea. Once signed-up, Thunderclap will send the message on your behalf when the designated time arrives. In our case, that’s November 3 at 6 PM.

    The catch? Our Thunderclap message will only be sent if we get 100 people to sign up. If we only get 65/3/99 people, the message will not send. Once we hit 100, our message is guaranteed to be sent through the social media networks to all of the user’s friends and followers.

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    What’s the message? More than 300 youth live on the streets of Omaha every night, but these youth are #morethanjustanumber. Numbers can be powerful, but the youth behind this number are even more powerful. The youth who come to YES have stories to tell and dreams that they hope to fulfill. The easiest way to end youth homelessness in Omaha is to raise awareness. With Thunderclap, our voice is louder than ever.

    Will you join us?


  • NEW WHEELS

    Hi! My name is Felicia, and I am going to explain how dedication and hard work helped me buy my first car.

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    Two years ago, I joined a program called Opportunity Passport. This program is for anyone who has been a former ward of the state. Opportunity Passport helps former wards by matching any money saved to help those in need purchase items like laptops for college or cars to help you get to school and work. I strongly encourage anyone who qualifies to sign up.

    The match that I went for was the car match. Over the course of two long years, I saved $2,000. They not only matched my funds, but they also gave me an additional $6,000. All together, I had $10,000. On June 5, I was able to purchase my own car!

    I wanted to give up three times while being in this program, but I stuck with it. All the hard work and dedication that was needed to save this money, has taught me so much. I no longer have to rely on anyone for a ride. I no longer have to ride the city bus. I just hop in my car and go. Having my own car is an amazing feeling. I am so very thankful for this program!

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    About Felicia: Felicia is a former YES youth who worked very hard to get where she is today. She is currently a student at UNO and will be starting her sophomore year in the fall. To hear more about Felicia’s story, watch her video.


  • YOUTH ART: TREY

    About Trey:

    Trey came to Youth Emergency Services to find a better life for himself. After staying with his cousin for awhile, he left when he refused to drop out of school at her request. He had nowhere else to turn and very little resources available to him. That’s when he learned about YES.

    Trey says, “When most teenagers turn to drugs when they have a bad life, art is all I really know. I love it. I eat, sleep, and breathe art. I don’t do drugs or use alcohol. Art is my drug.”

    Trey one day hopes to become a tattoo artist and own his own business.

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  • OMAHA GIVES

    Last Wednesday, May 21, was Omaha’s second annual Omaha Gives! day. Youth Emergency Services participated, and everyone was so surprised and overwhelmed by the community support. This year, YES had set a goal to raise $15,000. Our supportive donors exceeded our expectations and raised over $17,000! That amount is almost double the amount raised last year.

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    Another new aspect of the day for YES was an event. Youth Emergency Services hosted a Youth Discussion Panel at UNO’s Community Engagement Center. The public was invited to join us live for the event at UNO or through the internet with a live stream of the discussion. Three of YES’ youth – Felicia, Nate, and Kate – shared their stories and how YES has helped them along the way. You can watch the discussion online by visiting YES’ YouTube page – http://www.youtube.com/yesomaha

    We would like to thank everyone who came out to support YES last week and throughout the year. Youth Emergency Services truly wouldn’t be what it is today without your dedication. Thank you!


  • New Shelter Bathroom

    With so many youth coming and going at the YES Emergency Shelter, it’s no surprise that it would need an update sooner or later. The First United Methodist Church of Springfield has graciously helped YES to make that update a reality. After taking a look at the before pictures, it’s easy to see why they made the bathroom a top priority.

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    We cannot begin to thank the First United Methodist Church of Springfield enough for the work they put into this bathroom. It looks great, and we are confident that it will help to make the youth feel more at home!

    For more information on how you can volunteer your time and talents, please visit http://www.yesomaha.org.


 

In the News

  • #MORETHANJUSTANUMBER

    November is National Homeless Youth Awareness month. To spread the word about Youth Emergency Services and the work YES is doing to end youth homelessness in Omaha, we are asking all of our followers, supporters, and donors to sign up for Thunderclap. What is Thunderclap? Thunderclap is the first crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard […]

  • NEW WHEELS

    Hi! My name is Felicia, and I am going to explain how dedication and hard work helped me buy my first car.   Two years ago, I joined a program called Opportunity Passport. This program is for anyone who has been a former ward of the state. Opportunity Passport helps former wards by matching any money saved to help those […]

  • YOUTH ART: TREY

    About Trey: Trey came to Youth Emergency Services to find a better life for himself. After staying with his cousin for awhile, he left when he refused to drop out of school at her request. He had nowhere else to turn and very little resources available to him. That’s when he learned about YES. Trey says, […]

  • OMAHA GIVES

    Last Wednesday, May 21, was Omaha’s second annual Omaha Gives! day. Youth Emergency Services participated, and everyone was so surprised and overwhelmed by the community support. This year, YES had set a goal to raise $15,000. Our supportive donors exceeded our expectations and raised over $17,000! That amount is almost double the amount raised last […]