Letter from the Publisher

Willie Barney

Willie Barney, Co-Publisher

It’s back!

Welcome to our annual education edition. We are excited to celebrate and highlight African-American high school students who attend Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and achieved a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average in 2016–2017. Congratulations! Thank you to Omaha Public Schools, Empowerment Network, Nebraska Public Television and POV for helping to sponsor this special edition and the 10th Annual State of Education in North Omaha Summit celebrating Black Male Academic Excellence.

We also want to make sure all high school students are aware of and have access to every academic opportunity offered by OPS. Within this special edition, parents, families and community members will be introduced to tremendous resources available in our city. As a community, we must do more to make sure our young men and women are prepared to take advantage of everything offered through OPS and other education partners.

In addition, we are excited to provide updates on the North Omaha Cradle to Career Collaborative. Over the past 10 years, the Empowerment Network, Omaha Public Schools and dozens of community partners have been working together to improve educational outcomes for all students in North Omaha. The overall trends are moving in the right direction, but there are still significant gaps that must be closed with a sense of urgency. We want to thank all of the partners involved in the North Omaha Cradle to Career Collaborative and Omaha African-American Male Achievement Collaborative. As you will read about within these pages, there are some amazing programs happening in Omaha.
There’s no question that we can achieve the goals outlined by the community when we work together, collaborate, align our efforts and strategically invest in programs, policies, and initiatives that generate the best results. Our young men and women are full of amazing potential. Collectively, we can help them identify and successfully pursue their purpose, goals and career interests.

We will not stop until 100% are prepared for success in careers, college, and life. Congratulations again to the students, parents, families, teachers, principals and all involved in the success of our young men and women.

Together, let’s move forward and accelerate the pace of progress even more.

Willie D. Barney
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