YES Blog

  • NEW WHEELS

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

    Felicia 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 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!

    _________________________________________

    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.

    Trey Drawing 1 Trey Drawing 2
  • 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.

    Image

    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.

    Image

     

    Image

    Image

    Image

    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.


  • Mentoring Match: Jen and Maurissa

     

    Jen and Maurissa were matched in April 2014 and quickly formed a special bond and friendship.

    To become a YES mentor to homeless and at-risk youth in the Transitional Living Program or Maternity Home, please visit http://www.yesomaha.org/get-involved/mentor.html


 

In the News

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]