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NAC48 project gains momentum with employment skills focus

The Northwest 48th Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC48) has taken valuable steps toward its goal to improve employability and career paths for residents of the Arnold neighborhood community. The NAC48 project aims to increase resident awareness of what jobs are available. With that intent, representatives from three of Lincoln's largest employers - Duncan Aviation, Kawasaki and Lincoln Industries - met with the Council in November 2016 to share what technical and soft skills their prospective employees need. The reps also identified positions they struggle to hire and keep filled.

It was a great opportunity for the NAC48 team, which is supplementing its research with a resident employment survey. The survey asks questions such as "If you want to work full-time, what prevents you from doing so?" and "What type of training do you need to move up in your job or get a new job?"

The responses will influence NAC48's plan to hold a career fair with local industrial and tech companies in a spring 2017 for residents to explore nearby career opportunities. Following the career fair, a series of adult learning workshops focusing on topics such as basic employability and computer skills, crafting a resume, job hunting in a social media age, etc., will be coordinated through a partnership with Southeast Community College.

Making intentional employment connections for residents in their neighborhood is a key project focus. Read on to learn how this all came about.

It started in March 2016...

Inspiration to Lift Lincoln Higher was found at a March 2016 Arnold Community School Event - "Vision What's Possible." Parents, Arnold Elementary staff, community members and local organizations brainstormed ways to improve their school and community around Prosper Lincoln's three priority areas.

Prior to the brainstorm, Dustin Petrik, a member of the NW 48th School/Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC48) and the Prosper Lincoln Steering Committee, provided an overview of Prosper Lincoln's shared community agenda.

Martha Ostrom, Early Childhood Resource Teacher, spoke about Arnold Elementary's Preschool program. 

James Prater of Duncan Aviation and Andy Unterseher of Nebraska Global shared details on the skills their employees need, and the professional development available to grow a successful career within their businesses. Andy also described innovation at Nebraska Global. 

Kudos to the NW 48th School/Neighborhood Advisory Committee, especially Dayna Krannawitter, for leading this opportunity to determine their top priorities and actions for the next 1-2 years.

Can you Vision What's Possible if all sectors in our city - businesses, nonprofit organizations, neighborhoods, government, faith communities, education, philanthropies and individuals - gather to answer, "What should our community do to ensure youth are successful, our economy grows and our community is strong and vibrant?”

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