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Businesses Can Build Future Talent Pipeline Through New School Tool

There is now a new tool that will help businesses connect with 21,000+ students at Lincoln Public Schools middle and high schools and assist them in learning about your job shadow, internship, apprenticeship or job opportunity.

Jobs and Extended Learning Opportunities (JELO) is in direct response to the Prosper Lincoln Employment Skills goal of ensuring access to training and support for in-demand jobs.

Businesses can visit: to enter their opportunity. After careful vetting by a team at LPS District Office, the opportunities will be posted to an electronic board promoted through each school’s counseling office. Only LPS Students can view the opportunities, which can be sorted by several variables including the type of opportunity and industry.

With all LPS middle and high school students now having Chromebook computers, the information is accessible at home or school. Students can access the information by logging in to the LPS site and searching JELO or by visiting a link posted in their counselor’s Google Classroom.

Brenda Leggiadro, Supervisor of Counseling and School Social Work at LPS, said, “This new platform allows us to follow policy meant to protect students while being fair and helpful to businesses.”

The process is much more efficient for businesses since they’ll reach all LPS buildings and students equally with one submission and will no longer have to contact each school to promote an opportunity.

“We are excited for this program to make an impact in our community and help give young people an excellent avenue to connect to businesses and potentially future employment - either for the short-term or possibly the long-term,” said Bryan Seck, Prosper Lincoln Developer for Employment Skills. “This program provides students an idea of what may be required of them once they start looking for a job, and it equips employers with another direct way to reach young people.”

The late Marian Wright Edelman, an American activist for the rights of children, once said, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” This program will help expose students to a wide array of opportunities to access.

Quotes From Our Supporters

Prosper Lincoln is one of the most exciting community engagement and community-building efforts happening in the country.  It’s a real model!

Dan Cramer, Co-founder, Grassroots Solutions, St. Paul, MN

Prosper Lincoln will not only benefit all of your kids and your community; it is also a model for similar efforts around the country, thanks to the leadership of LCF.

Richard Ober, President & CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Founder Community Foundation Opportunity Network; Concord, NH

Communities across the US are searching for innovative initiatives to improve economic opportunity and mobility.  We can all learn from the amazing work of Prosper Lincoln!

Brian Collier, Executive Vice President, Foundation for the Carolinas

Prosper Lincoln is breaking new ground in economic revitalization without displacement.

Ellen Shepard, CEO, Allies, Chicago, IL

To see an entire community come together to ensure all Lincoln residents are successful is very inspirational.  Congratulations!

Nancy Van Milligen, President/CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque, IA

In my regional and national work in community development this is one of the most unique and exciting strategies for true change I have seen!

Del Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha, NE

Bringing together a multi-sector group of committed Lincoln residents will support prosperity for all.  Congratulations on this excellent collaboration.

Holly C. Sampson, President, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Duluth, MN

Diverse voices from across Lincoln came together so that current and future generations can thrive. This is no small feat, and it’s inspiring to see that collective vision inch closer to fruition. You can consider yourselves a model for other communities starting to embark on this work.

Megan Powers, International Program Officer, The McKnight Foundation Minneapolis, MN

There is no better example of the power of convening than Prosper Lincoln! Bringing together members of the community from all walks of life to enrich the City is inspiring.

Regine Webster, Vice President Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is creating a national model for building vibrant, equitable and resilient communities.  Systems thinking + the right resources!

Sandy Wiggins, Chair, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is an important approach to solving community problems. By bringing together local businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods, government and faith organizations, they are bridging divides, building connections, and sparking opportunities in way that shows true community engagement.

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, Council on Foundations

This is one of the most impressive community focus efforts I have seen. You are making considerable progress!

Cynthia Hardin Milligan, Trustee and former Chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI

Lincoln is one of a few cities across America where citizens and leaders from across different sectors have come together to tackle their community’s most complex challenges. Your ability to already show results and persevere is inspiring.

Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities, Washington, DC

Solving tough national problems like the opportunity gap begins locally, and Prosper Lincoln is leading the way.

Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy and author, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

There is nothing more powerful in securing a community’s long-term health than evolving a shared vision through community engagement. Congratulations!

Rip Rapson, President, The Kresge Foundation, Detroit, MI