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Many Omaha children today face a number of threats and challenging circumstances, including poverty and a lack of positive role models.
Kids in our after-school and summer programs benefit from homework help, tutoring, arts, music, athletics and more, all in a safe, supervised environment.
"I come from the same struggle myself, so I can relate to these kids. Programs like Blackhawks Basketball and SAL C.A.R.E.S give them an opportunity to get off the streets and do something positive. The goal is building character while having fun." - Josh Jones, sports and recreation director
We serve hundreds of children every day, ensuring they have a safe place to learn, connect, have fun, exercise and sustain good health with nutritious meals and snacks. Our youth development programs include the following:
SAL C.A.R.E.S (Computers, Arts, Recreation, Education) is an after-school program each weekday from 3-5:30 p.m. offering homework help and tutoring, mentorship, fun activities like arts and crafts and recreational sports, nutritious snacks, and the opportunity for socializing with peers.
Approximately 40 kids benefit from engaging with each other and positive adult mentors, while at the same time their parents are able to enjoy peace of mind at their jobs knowing their children are safe and well cared for after school is dismissed.
Under the leadership of former Creighton University basketball player Josh Jones, the Blackhawks All-Stars program includes 12 elementary and middle school teams. The program emphasizes academic excellence along with sportsmanship and athleticism.
Books and Basketball Academy
In collaboration with the Nothing but Net Foundation, this program allows kids in grades 3-8 to learn basketball skills, while also helping them get a quality education. Kids meet twice a week and spend time working on their studies before hitting the basketball court. For more information, contact Josh Jones, sports and recreation director, at 402-451-4048.
Wednesday Evening Youth Meal 5:30 p.m.
J.A.M. and Gospel Arts
J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) and Gospel Arts are faith-based music programs, including choir, music theory and instrumental instruction, that meet Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. following the youth meal at 5:30 p.m.
Our character-building programs meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and offer the opportunity for kids to develop strong communication and leadership skills, grow their minds, and explore God's Word, all while having fun and connecting with their peers. Programs include:
Summer Day Camp
While school is out for summer break and parents are working, our summer day camp offers a safe place for kids of all ages to enjoy fun, engaging activities as well as a nutritious breakfast, lunch and late-afternoon snack. More than 600 kids attended camp last summer.
Many kids also participate in various overnight camps where they enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, hiking and archery as well as specialized music, sports and teen camps.