Music Education

Music Education 2Purpose Statement:
Access to music education is transformative. Youth involved in music cultivate crucial skills, fulfill their creative potential, and grow into complete persons. Unfortunately, barriers to musical exploration are high, especially as beginning students face steep instrument costs and school music budgets fall. This project will unite music educators and students to reduce these barriers to access, especially at the upper elementary and middle school level when students are most likely to explore instrumental music. More

Refugees and Public Transportation

Refugees and Public Transportation 2Purpose Statement: Refugees in our community may face challenges while navigating Omaha’s public transportation system.  Raising awareness may lead to changes in public transportation, orientation for refugees, and increased knowledge of Omaha’s public transportation system.

Goal: We will convene a community discussion to explore the issue of public transportation for refugees in Omaha.  We hope that this exploratory discussion might develop connections between city services, Metro Transit, representatives of the refugee population, refugee community leaders, refugee service organizations, and others. More

Lone Tree Foods

Lone Tree Foods 2Purpose

The local community can benefit from innovative food movements by harnessing collaboration between local food producers and buyers.

Goal Statement

Facilitate the first part of a Lone Tree Foods meeting to understand their hopes and aspirations for how food is grown and eaten in the local community.  Create collaborations and connections among the Lone Tree Foods members so they can become a stronger community organization. More

Recycling in Omaha

Recycling 1Purpose

Not all Omaha residents have convenient access to free recycling services.  They are often unaware of how to recycle nontraditional materials.  Increasing access and awareness will make it effortless for more people to recycle and help create a greener, more sustainable community. More

Low Voter Turnout

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After some brainstorming, Anna Wilcoxon and I decided to hold a discussion about voter turnout.  This issue is very relevant to the City of Omaha.  Our goal was to convene a meeting to connect citizens and discuss what prevents registered voters from actually casting their votes.  Our purpose would be to identify the conditions that prevent two-thirds of registered voters from voting.  This conversation would lead to a better election process for the City of Omaha. More

English as Second Language (ESL) Providers

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Project Purpose and Statement Goal

English Language Learners (ELL) are offered free classes by a number of Omaha organizations that may not be collaborating with each other.   The need for these services is greater than what is currently provided.  By bringing these organizations together, relationships may be formed, overlaps or gaps in services will be discovered, and resources among organizations may be used more efficiently. More

Hopes and Dreams for High School Education

High School 1Matt Couch and Nancy Chmiel facilitated a conversation on “Hopes and Dreams for High School Education” on November 4, 2013.  The goal of the conversation was to facilitate a conversation between parents and educators of Saddlebrook Elementary School students about their perceptions of, concerns about, and dreams for their children’s high school education in Omaha.  At the outset of the project, we explained our purpose: More

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