Youth Service Opportunities
The Youth In Action Center provides graduates of the Youth Leadership Lincoln program an array of opportunities for continued learning by serving on community projects and committees.
These are some of the opportunities that teens can become involved with through the Youth In Action Center. Leadership Lincoln staff will meet with the teens on a regular basis to debrief and process their experiences in the community and to assist with linking skills development to real life experiences.
In return, we expect teens to take their responsibilities seriously, to be reliable and to participate to the fullest in the opportunities in which they elect to participate.
Click here to download a copy of the application if you are interested in serving. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 13th, 2016.
Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee
Contact: Rick Hoppe, Assistant to the Mayor (402-441-7511)
Teens serving on this Committee meet on a monthly basis with staff from the Mayor's Office. Each year the Committee sets its priorities and decides which current issues to discuss and what action might be appropriate for those issues.
In 2015-2016, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee evaluated rates of recycling at Lincoln City buildings (libraries and recreation center) and worked to increase those rates through promotion.
In 2014-2015, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee hosted Branch Out-Culture Fest at Union Plaza (a family friendly event focused on educating youth about Lincoln’s growing diversity by featuring each culture that is present in our community through food, cultural booths, yoga instruction, henna, and much more)!
In 2013-2014, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee hosted Politics Exposed at Lincoln Northeast High School (a opportunity for high school students to learn about the voting process and meet candidates for Nebraska Legislature)!
In 2012-2013, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee created Explore Lincoln to highlight great, family friendly. low cost parts of our community! Click here to begin Exploring Lincoln and start sharing these great Lincoln events/locations with your family and friends!
Lincoln Public Schools Youth Advisory Board
Contact: Pat Hunter-Pirtle, Director-Secondary Education (402-436-1000)
Teens serving on this Board meet on a monthly basis with LPS Administrators. Each year the Board sets its priorities and decides which current issues to discuss and what action might be appropriate for those issues.
Community Service Opportunities
Youth In Action Center participants receive regular updates regarding civic engagement opportunities in Lincoln. Some opportunities reoccur each year, such as are serving in leadership positions with Lincoln's nonprofits as vacancies come open and needs arise (details below). Other opportunities call for youth to serve short-term projects, such as a recent request for youth to help plan, script, film and produce a youth-focused fitness television episode for Lincoln's 10Health channel.
United Way Allocation Teams
Contact: United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County (402-441-7700).
This group of teens has been a part of the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County Allocation Team and served side by side with adults. They reviewed and analyzed applications for funding and learned first hand about the critical needs in our community and the agencies that provide assistance. The teens were full voting members and along with the adults conducted site visits and determined which agencies received critical funding and why.
Serving on non-profit Boards of Directors in Lincoln
Several years ago, teens from the Youth In Action Center, working with a national curriculum expert, developed and presented curriculum for boards of directors of not-for-profit agencies regarding how to incorporate youth on to their boards. Using the curriculum, they conducted a training session for directors and staff.
TV by Youth and for Youth on Lincoln's 10Health Channel