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  • Bright Lights has summer classroom assistant volunteer opportunities available for 9th - 12th grade students, college students and adults. Discover some fun for yourself while providing enrichment for students!

    Classroom assistants play a valuable role in helping Bright Lights students in grades K-8 discover and pursue their passion in science, the arts, math, music and technology. Volunteer opportunities are available during all five of Bright Lights program weeks: June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30 and July 10-14.

    Bright Lights main class site for Summer 2017 is once again Holmes Elementary, located at 52nd and Sumner streets in Lincoln, NE. Additional classes are held at other community sites.

    For those interested in an international experience, apply to be an assistant at Lux Middle School the week of June 19-23 when students from Japan join American students.

    Volunteer hours earned as a classroom assistant can fulfill high school community service requirements, such as those needed for Government and Politics class. Students are credited 20 hours for helping with just one half-day class for one week.

    Over 250 assistants are needed to work with Bright Lights teachers in our hands-on classrooms. No prior Bright Lights or teaching experience is necessary-but if you are a former Bright Lights student you know what kind of fun awaits you! Assistants are instructed during a 90-minute orientation session in May.

    Bright Lights will accept classroom assistant applications at BrightLights.org beginning March 8. Apply early for the best selection of classes. See class descriptions and schedule for all of the Bright Lights Summer 2017 classes at BrightLights.org. Student registration for the classes begins April 1.

    Click here for more information or to apply!

  • People's Health Center is expanding the number of patients on our Board of Directors. If you are a medical, dental, or behavioral health patient of People's Health Center, including Health 360, Quick Care, and Thompson Clinic, WE WANT YOU!!!

    People's Health Center is mandated to have 51% of our Board of Directors volunteers as patients of the clinic. It's one meeting a month (the last Monday of every month) from 5-6pm. If you are interested in the financials of the organization, you'd benefit from being a board member on our Finance Committee and they meet from 4-5pm before each Board meeting.

    People’s Health Center is a federally qualified health center (FQHC). People's Health Center is proud to be the only FQHC serving the people of Lincoln-Lancaster County. People’s Health Center provides affordable, comprehensive, accessible, culturally appropriate, cost-effective primary health and dental care.

    For More Information:
    Brad Meyer
    Chief Executive Officer
    402-470-5424
    bmeyer@phclincoln.org.

  • ServeNebraska is seeking volunteers to review grant proposals for 2017-18 AmeriCorps funding within the state of Nebraska.

    Why would you want to be a reviewer? This opportunity will help you learn more about the grant-making process, develop your own grant-writing skills, and you will learn about what is happening in National Service programming in your state.

    Don’t think you have enough time? Grant reviewers will read and score grants on their own time during the month of April. There are no scheduled review sessions, so you can work at your own pace at the perfect time for you.

    Don’t think you have enough experience? Grant reviewers will be given an orientation on reviewing and scoring. We’ll tell you everything you need to know.

    ServeNebraska believes that everyone can contribute their knowledge and experience in selecting high-quality programs for funding. Service can start with you.

    For More Information:
    Christina Franklin
    dhhs.americorps@nebraska.gov
    402.471.6228

  • What is QPR?

    QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
    The mission of QPR is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. QPR will train people to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

    This training is a 1 ½ hour QPR Gatekeeper Training.

    As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

    • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
    • Know how to offer hope
    • Know how to get help and save a life

    Trainings will be held on the following dates:

    • January 13, 2017
    • March 10, 2017
    • May 12, 2017
    • July 14, 2017
    • September 8, 2017
    • November 10, 2017

    Click Here to to register for free training!

  • Think back to someone in your life who believed in you, someone who encouraged you, someone who made a difference. Think of how that person inspired you and challenged you to reach your goals. Now think of the more than 700 students in Lincoln who are waiting for someone just like that in their life.

    Lincoln TeamMates is a school-based mentoring program with the mission to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential. Mentors meet with their student one hour, once a week during the school year at the student's school. Even with more than 1,200 volunteers, there are still more than 700 students who would benefit from a caring adult in their life.

    For More Information
    www.lincolnteammates.org
    402-436-1990

  • Nebraska State Penitentiary seeks Volunteers to work with Veterans

    Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) will be implementing a veterans' program by developing a veterans' housing unit, coupled with a vets program. The unit will be focused on military veterans, particularly those with PTSD and/or high suicide/violence risk.

    NSP is seeking community volunteers to aid the programming that will be provided to the veterans on the unit. Volunteers are needed to provide resources in the prison on their own schedule,(e.g. weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly), and may include writing, reading, music, art, etc.

    For more information
    Christina Hein, M.A.
    Nebraska State Penitentiary
    Mental Health Services
    christina.hein@nebraska.gov

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