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MT JAVA®

The mission of MT JAVA® (More than Just a Village Academy) is to improve academic performance and graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibilities among students most at risk of incarceration while empowering them to reach their maximum potential.  The program primarily serves at-risk, high school youth through afterschool programming and mentoring.  The MT JAVA® program is set apart from other organizations in that it relies upon the commitment of families and community members to work collectively to encourage and challenge youth to define their roles as contributing members and future leaders of society.  OVG grant funding will be used to enhance MT JAVA®’s online presence in an effort to strengthen marketing/promotional efforts and donor development.

Omaha Girls Rock

Omaha Girls Rock’s mission is to empower young women to find their unique voice through creativity, music education and performance.  Through the powerful tool of musical experience and collaboration, the organization’s vision is to cultivate strong values in young women, developing confidence, self-reliance, and original thinking. By encouraging female mentees to apply these principles in all aspects of their lives, Omaha Girls Rock hopes to help them grow into stronger and more valuable members of their community.  Omaha Girls Rock will be utilizing their OVG grant to support the development of after school programming.

Kid’s Chance of Nebraska

The Mission of Kid’s Chance of Nebraska is to provide financial support to further the education of the children of Nebraska workers who have been severely injured, totally disabled or killed as a result of work related injuries or occupational diseases. Kid’s Chance of Nebraska will use this grant to underwrite marketing and development expenses in the launching of the Nebraska chapter, thereby setting the organization on a path toward future sustainability.

Millard Business Community Foundation

The Millard Business Community Foundation serves the greater Omaha area. Their focus is currently partnering with Millard Public Schools to provide resources and support for children and youth to further their education and help ensure that their basic needs of clothing, food and hygiene items are met. The Millard Business Community Foundation will be utilizing their OVG grant to establish an organizational website and secure donor management and event registration software for their organization. This endeavor will build organizational capacity and ensure the sustainability of the programs the Millard Business Community Foundation administers and supports.

Royal Family Kids Camp Omaha

Royal Family Kids Camp Omaha is a 5 day summer camp experience for 7-11 year olds who have experienced abuse and neglect and have been removed from their homes to live in the foster care system. Caring, trained adult volunteers fill the roles of camp counselor and staff. Daily camp activities include swimming, fishing, creative projects, a talent show, carnival, and birthday party night. Royal Family Kids Camp Omaha will be using their OVG grant to purchase supplies for the Camper Packs that are given to each child who attends camp. These include camp t-shirts, camper activity books, a photo album of camp memories, and many more items that allow campers to remember their time at Royal Family Kids Camp Omaha.

Banister’s Leadership Academy

Banister’s Leadership Academy’s mission is to teach youth leadership, life, and social skills so youth will have the ability to plan, organize, and execute a successful future. With a focus on youth ages 5-18 in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, Bannister’s works to ensure the youth are provided with resources, services, and education to help youth successfully plan, manage, and implement leadership skills. Bannister’s will use the OVG funds for program incentives for its North Omaha, South Omaha and Council Bluffs Youth Advocacy Leadership Board and for group T-shirts to be worn by the youth board members for use during community service and service learning projects.

Heart Heroes, Inc.

Heart Heroes is an Omaha-based organization devoted to helping children with congenital heart defects (CHD) and their families cope with the adversity associated with CHD. Currently, Heart Heroes provides customized “super-hero” capes to children with CHD to help empower these brave children as they face numerous complex medical procedures. Heart Heroes will use the OVG Grant to fund the self-publishing of an autobiographical book by one of its founders, which tells the story of her daughter who suffers from CHD, and her family’s journey through the many medical procedures, and emotional rollercoaster that goes along with it. The group hopes that this book will not only provide a great resource to families dealing with CHD, but also raise funds to allow Heart Heroes to expand the reach and breath of its services.

Quiet Light Foundation

The Quiet Light Foundation (QLF) provides support to families with prematurely born infants and children with special needs in the Omaha community. The OVG grant will provide the opportunity for the QLF to cover their operating costs as well as make a significant difference in the lives of QLF families by providing them the support and encouragement  in the form of care packages that will be made available to families at the hospital.

Foster CARE Closet Omaha

The Foster Care Closet is opening in the Omaha area to help foster families and children by giving them a place to go to obtain clothing and other necessities free of charge. This organization had already developed a model that worked and the technology to track which items a child has been given so they can come back multiple times per year and retain those items if they needed to move to another home. This organization was a good match for OVG since they needed help taking that first step but once open would be able to grow and make a large impact in the local community.

Apollo’s Preparatory School

Apollo’s is a small prep school working with children K–8 located on the Turning Point Campus off of 45th and Bedford.

They specialize in offering individual attention to students to help them get a jump start on their education or to help those falling behind get caught up and learn the necessary skills to continue to learn later in the school career’s. This nonprofit seeks to help those students early on so that they have the necessary skills to make it through high school and beyond. The ability the school has to modify lesson plans and work with individual students is something not offered in many of the other schools serving their community.

Their request was to fund a testing system to be able to gauge their students retention of math and reading in a more efficient / real-time manner to help them focus on the areas the student needed. This was a great opportunity to provide a grant that would benefit youth for years forward.