The objective of the Youth Pathways to Success impact area is to increase the number of youth who progress in their education and secure meaningful employment.  Our priority strategies include:

Cradle-to-Career Alignment

Goal: Better align P-16 education systems, out-of-school time programs, community and family supports, and employers.

We have a particular focus on efforts that improve student persistence and success, strengthen the capacity of the community college system, and better connect high schools, post-secondary institutions, and employers at a regional and statewide level.

Post-Secondary Access and Success

Goal: Ensure youth are able to gain admission to, attend, and complete higher education ready to enter a meaningful career.

We have a particular focus on efforts that improve academic and personal readiness for post-secondary education (two-year, four-year, and vocational-technical), provide admissions and financial aid counseling, and improve post-secondary affordability.

Youth Development

Goal: Enable youth, particularly vulnerable youth, to access the programs and services they need to be prepared for academic, personal, and professional success.

We have a particular focus on efforts that improve the quality, capacity, coordination, and reach of the out-of-school time sector.

Our Work in Action


Special Initiatives

From time to time, the foundation develops targeted grant programs and special initiatives to address specific areas of need. The foundation’s current Youth Pathways to Success initiatives include:

Youth Initiative

This initiative provides under-served youth participating in out-of-school time programs in east Omaha with enriching, engaging and fun field trip experiences and on-site programs in science, technology, engineering, math and performing arts throughout the school year. it includes our long-standing Summer Fun program, which provided 625 field trips for 43 youth agency sites (sponsoring over 15,500 individual visits) in partnership with 29 host destinations during the summer of 2016. Participation in Broadening Horizons is by invitation only. For out-of-school time agencies who would like additional information, or host destinations who are interested in partnering with us, please contact Pat Thraen.