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Year 1 Employment Skills Successes

1. Case Manager & Employer Job Fair and tours - Almost everyone in Lincoln has a job. The challenge for Bryan Seck and Mike Milbourn is to connect people from part-time, low-wage jobs into a career that can create financial stability. Sixty-five case managers from 25 agencies and 17 employers connected at a job fair in October. Many case managers have over 100 people on their caseload. Now, case managers receive direct emails from employers with new openings and take monthly employer tours (at Duncan Aviation, Cabela's, Bryan Health and more) to understand the best possible career pathway positions for their clients.
In April, we will have the second Case Manager and Employer Job Fair. Interested in joining as an employer or case manager? Email Bryan Seck.

2.  Lincoln Business Task Force - The Task Force brings together Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation, ResCare Workforce Services, Department of Labor, Lutheran Family Services, the American Job Center and others that actively collaborate with employers to hire their participants. As a unified effort, the Task Force reaches out to Lincoln's leading employers with one voice to share about opportunities for hiring and benefits of collaboration such as paid work experience, paid training, tuition reimbursement and case management. We will connect people from part-time jobs to available and needed full-time careers in our community.

3. Lincoln's American Job Center helps all residents get on a career pathway. Did you know it has benefits for employers as well? - Prosper Lincoln and the City of Lincoln's American Job Center (AJC)/One Stop System collaborate to increase awareness of services right here in Lincoln. Anyone in Lincoln can walk into the AJC and receive help looking for a job online, updating their resume and gaining new skills through computerized learning. The AJC also offers benefits to employers to hire participants and help them grow into a stable and successful career. The AJC offers amazing benefits and Prosper Lincoln is proud to share about these efforts with the community, employers, places of faith, nonprofits and professional associations to ensure and amplify their use in our community. Employers want to hire - people just need to know where to look and what skills are needed.

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