Our Approach

“Success has always been easy to measure. It is the distance between one’s origins and one’s final achievement.

~  Michael Korda

Lead Up helps young people write themselves into the success stories of their community.

We believe that skills, opportunities, resources and networks are the key tactics in developing those stories.

Motivated young people come to Lead Up to discover their passion. Our unique program model builds their strengths, nurtures their ambition and propels them towards the professional options and opportunities that match their strengths and interests – particularly those in which they are historically underrepresented.

But our goal is not just to prepare our students for jobs, we also encourage young people to explore the community and contribute their time and talent to help others.

Taken together, these powerful stories maximize the potential of promising youth and in turn positively impact workforce insufficiencies, underrepresentation of minorities in professional fields across the vocational landscape, and socioeconomic inequality.

In Action

SKILLS

Mega Success Skills Day

Our new leaders took the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI), created vision boards and toured our resource web site, the Lead Up Insider.

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Behind the Scenes: UNMC Dental College

Behind the Scenes: UNMC Dental College Beja’s “dream is to be a dentist” and the trip she took to UNMC’s Dental College “made her excited to go into dentistry.” Beja got to look around one of the labs on campus and ask questions about Kevin’s experiences as a...

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Tutoring as a Way to Give Back

Tutoring as a Way to Give Back This semester, our student leaders have been working closely with five tutors from the University of Nebraska. Students are welcome to stop in three days per week to receive academic help. We interviewed one of these tutors, Hadi...

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Museum Exhibit Opening

Lead up students will spend the summer working on a project with the staff at the Nebraska History Museum. Our students will help the museum professionals to research, select artifacts, and organize events related to a chosen exhibit. You will be able to see their work on October 6th when the exhibit opens.

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PATHWAYS

NE Wesleyan Visit

NE Wesleyan Visit Although they are still Juniors for a couple more weeks, our will-be seniors are already getting excited about college!  This week, they visited Nebraska Wesleyan University. They learned about social and academic opportunities and, as junior Anthony...

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Behind the Scenes: UNMC Dental College

Behind the Scenes: UNMC Dental College Beja’s “dream is to be a dentist” and the trip she took to UNMC’s Dental College “made her excited to go into dentistry.” Beja got to look around one of the labs on campus and ask questions about Kevin’s experiences as a...

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Junior Leader Anthony Meets Ms Cash

Student Snapshot: Student Leader Anthony Meets Ms. Cash Junior Leader, Anthony, spent the month of April exploring his interest in becoming an Elementary school teacher.  At the beginning of the month he was nominated for and attended LPS's day-long workshop dedicated...

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Museum Exhibit Opening

Lead up students will spend the summer working on a project with the staff at the Nebraska History Museum. Our students will help the museum professionals to research, select artifacts, and organize events related to a chosen exhibit. You will be able to see their work on October 6th when the exhibit opens.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Leading With Kindness Challenge

Leading With Kindness Challenge On February 14, 2018, 14 students and 3 staff members were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Lead Up students were horrified by this act of violence and decided to take action. With the mission to create more...

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Senior Leader Trinity Responds to School Violence

Senior Leader Trinity Responds to School Violence In response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and in light of the public dialogues that have followed, Senior Leader Trinity has penned an OP ED piece on gun violence in schools and the impact it...

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Experience Required

Experience Required A recent Forbes survey of 100 top HR managers, recruiters and CEOs asked what qualifications are most important for entry-level job seekers to obtain to be successful in their companies. Nearly all of them said, “soft skills.” Practice in...

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LEADERSHIP

Leadership Summit

Last year our leaders invited a select group of classmates to the Leadership Summit and we had a wonderful time listening to interesting speakers and participating in hands on activities. Who will be invited to this year’s summit and what will it bring?!?! Stay tuned to find out.

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Leading With Kindness Challenge

Leading With Kindness Challenge On February 14, 2018, 14 students and 3 staff members were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Lead Up students were horrified by this act of violence and decided to take action. With the mission to create more...

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Senior Leader Trinity Responds to School Violence

Senior Leader Trinity Responds to School Violence In response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and in light of the public dialogues that have followed, Senior Leader Trinity has penned an OP ED piece on gun violence in schools and the impact it...

read more

Experience Required

Experience Required A recent Forbes survey of 100 top HR managers, recruiters and CEOs asked what qualifications are most important for entry-level job seekers to obtain to be successful in their companies. Nearly all of them said, “soft skills.” Practice in...

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NETWORKS

Quarterly Networking

Each quarter we invite individuals to help us sharpen our networking skills and learn about people, jobs and companies in our community. We would love to have you join us.

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