End of Year Wrap Up-2023


Happy Holidays and End of Year Wrap Up

Another memorable year of doing what we love is in the books!  We are fortunate and grateful to work with amazing partners and have such a supportive community which allows us to continue in our work. We are excited to share some of our exciting accomplishments from the last year. We eagerly look forward to the next chapter and what 2024 will offer us. Collective for Youth’s success is only possible because of our incredible community of partners and our supporters. We wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
May 2024 be all that you want it to be. 

Four new out of school time programs completed their first year of programming with students and families. New program sites were located at Pine Elementary, Forest Station Elementary and Buena Vista High school. Collective for Youth worked with 10 lead agencies to oversee the provision of high quality afterschool activities to 5,925 elementary, middle and high school students in 42 Omaha Public Schools in the 2022-2023 school year.    

Welcome to Our New Team Member
In February, Collective for Youth welcomed Nik Stevenson to the CFY team as the Manager of STEM Partnerships. He has been a wonderful addition to the CFY Team and had his work cut out for him.In addition to building our STEM Partnerships, Nik is also working closely with LaRon Henderson on our podcast, aptly named, “The Collective”. Subscribe on Spotify or you can watch it on the CFY Youtube page
Thanks to  Beyond Schools Bells for coordinating ESSER funds, Collective for Youth was able to build out a STEM Library to provide engaging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiences for youth across the Network. Currently, over 45 unique STEM experiences are available to be checked out by sites and program providers within the Network. By Fall of 2023, 32 of these experiences were checked out for use at 15 different schools within the CFY Network. We provided over 16 hours of training to more than 20 staff to leverage these resources! The Library was created as an injection of new resources into the Network to ignite the minds of youth around STEM.  
Collectively, our network offered 845,760 hours of out of school time programming during the school year.  Within these hours, over 44,000 were spent engaging in high quality STEM and over 33,000 hours were spent in Arts programming. 
In 2023, CFY provided over 100 hours of training and professional development to the out of school time community. Training topics included, but were not limited to youth development principles, group management, social emotional skill development, staff supervision and coaching, and grant management.

A total of  42 sites alongside 30 program provider agencies participated in CFY’s quality improvement process. As a result of commitment to quality through professional development, regular review of data, and ongoing coaching opportunities, the 2023 spring student survey results indicated a 4% increase in having a caring adult relationship within the CFY network.  
During summer of 2023, there were 603 one day field trips with over 16,000 individual student admissions to 30 amazing host sites as part of the Summer Fun Program, generously funded by Peter Kiewit Foundation.      A new highlight this year was partnering with Union Omaha FC to host youth on the soccer field, for a meet and greet with the players, and to walk out on the field with the players to start the game.

Because our elementary afterschool programs are providing afterschool care for students at no cost, the total savings for families of kindergarteners through 5th graders who would most likely be paying for care elsewhere, was over $2.4 million.   With the generous support of Omaha Public Schools, a total of 363,783 meals were served in CFY afterschool programs during the 2022-23 school year, valued at $1,673,401. 

Collective for Youth hosted the 7th annual Stuff the Bus event with Scheels, WOWT, and Two Men and A Truck resulting in thousands of school supplies for students and families within the network. 
We successfully hosted our first in person Lights On Afterschool event since the fall of 2019.  Over 700 staff and students attended an exciting and interactive event, called Our Collective Light, generously hosted at the new Kiewit Luminarium.  View the Lights On Afterschool 2023 Recap Youtube video or CLICK HERE to view photographs of the event. Photo credits to Debra S. Kaplan.
Don’t forget to subscribe and listen to our recently launched podcast series, “The Collective”, hosted by LaRon Henderson and Nik Stevenson. The Collective is availaible on Spotify and Youtube.
January 11, 2024 – Facilitating Engagement and Inquiry in STEM Activity
January 18, 2024 – Third Thursday PD:Building Community
Click HERE to register for any of our upcoming trainings.

*All CFY professional development opportunities are qualified for NDE Instructional Units