Collective for Youth’s vision is to develop a community of thriving out of school time partners who are empowered to ignite the imagination and grow the minds of youth.
We connect providers to resources and funding that they may not be able to access on their own. Likewise, we connect donors to good work that best supports their giving goals. We also offer streamlined coordination and communication with school districts, which saves everyone time, money, and stress.
We know that out of school time providers are doing what they do best – providing great programs and activities for our community’s youth. We are here to cheer them on, to advocate on their behalf to donors, the school district, and lawmakers, and to provide professional development, feedback, and assessment tools.
A strong community-wide out of school time system is our goal. We are the entity that brings the right people to the table and guides the growth and development of the out of school time community.
Collective for Youth was born through a partnership with the City of Omaha, Omaha Public Schools, The Sherwood Foundation, and a number of private foundations. We began our work in 2006 in response to several needs in our community:
Today, we support our partners through financial resources, professional development, and quality standards. We come to work every day so that young people in our community can participate in great educational, recreational, cultural, social, and personal enrichment programs. We believe that our youth – our city’s future – deserve the best.
Each year over 1,200 youth educators from 39 community organizations participate in our professional development programs.
Since 2008, we have secured over 40 million dollars for out of school time programs.
We enable our partners to serve more than 7,400 youth each year.