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  • We are a place "Where neighbors become friends, children achieve success, and our community is strengthened."

    The Willard Community Center is a not-for-profit agency located in the West "A" Neighborhood of Lincoln, Nebraska. Originally created to provide a safe space for neighborhood youth, the Center has evolved into so much more, as it provides neighborhood-based services for all individuals of our diverse community.

    Willard Community Center offers a year-round licensed preschool, as well as before and after school programs for elementary school children at Roper and Lakeview Elementary Schools. An all-day summer program is available at Willard for preschool through 8th grade. For middle school students Willard provides a Before and After school program for Park Middle School Students and evening activities. High school students can participate in the After School Program and receive homework help or they can volunteer for class credit. Adults are able participate in a variety of self-help or hobby groups, aerobics, and licensed Bingo.

    For More Information:
    Janelle Soderling
    Chief Executive Officer

  • TEDxYouth@Lincoln is a local, independently organized event where we strive to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers congregate to share their passions. At its core, the fundamental goal of TED andTEDxYouth@Lincoln is to foster and spread great ideas.

    We aim to provide a platform for youth who are thinkers, visionaries and learners who will come together to be inspired and have the opportunity to inspire others on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our format will be a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances on a broad range of subjects relating to our theme, "What Now?" to foster learning and inspiration. Interactive activities and areas to congregate will be used to provoke conversations that matter.

    TEDxYouth seeks individuals to speak at the Saturday, August 19, 2017 event.

    Click here for more information or to apply!

  • Imagine a world where the best ideas have come to life. What does it take for an idea to turn into action, into lasting change? Exponential change happens when we find that idea or solution that sticks and multiplies.

    What ideas do you have to enable our community to face its future with dynamic and powerful strength? How can your Exponential idea change Lincoln's future in areas like business, technology, education, culture, humanity and the arts?

    The TEDxLincoln 2017 event is a night where we will push to the limits of every idea - and imagine how we can build a dynamic future for our community.

    Click here for more information or to apply!

  • 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 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 Student registration for the classes begins April 1.

    Click here for more information or to apply!

  • 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.

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