Empowerment

Investing in our youth is our greatest strength. Our caring staff help our youth gain the confidence needed through our proven programs. When someone believes in you, you begin to believe in yourself; thus journeying down the boulevard of life improvement.

Central Access Navigator

While our community is fortunate to have many services available, navigating the system of available resources can be confusing for anyone. Young people who are aging out of foster care have the burden of finding the separate services they need and knitting them together into something that can support their immediate needs and help them work toward future successes.

That’s where The HUB’s Central Access Navigator comes in.  The HUB provides a Central Access Navigator to help young people determine what services they need, access those services, and ensure that they’re working together to provide a customized system of support. Through Central Access Navigation young adults may be eligible for Support Service Funds to help with emergency situations.  

If you have questions, please contact Lindsey Drake at ldrake@hublincoln.org to make a request or ask questions. You can also reach Lindsey by phone or text at 402-580-9247.

Project Everlast

Project Everlast is a collection of youth councils across the state of Nebraska.  Youth voice is at the center of all Project Everlast efforts. In Lincoln, the Project Everlast youth council members learn public speaking skills so they can advocate for system change, speak to senators and other key decision makers, and better themselves through access to education, employment and other support services. Youth Council members also serve as a powerful source of peer-to-peer support for one another as they transition to adulthood.  While Project Everlast impacts change in the community we also find time for social events and activities to build long lasting bonds.

 

Who can join Project Everlast Youth Council?

Project Everlast Lincoln welcomes young adults ages 14-25 that are unconnected young adults. Unconnected young adults are identified as young people living without permanent family support and that have any of the following lived experiences: foster care, transitioned from juvenile justice/probation, homeless or near homeless, runaway, pregnant/parenting, or human trafficking/exploitation. 

How do I get connected?

Call or stop by The HUB Central Access Point for Young Adults. Meetings include a business, enrichment and a social. If you have any questions or want to get connected, contact The HUB at 402.471.8526

Personal testimony of what Project Everlast Youth Council has meant to members: 

  • “Project Everlast provides me a support system that I have come to think of as family.  And people who care about me and what is going on in my life.”—Tim

  • “Project Everlast is a safe place; where the members become family”—Nedhal

  • “Project Everlast means compassion.  The Council has opened not only the doors to The HUB but other doors as well.  It is a form of family; they are easily forgivable and understand life will be life.  They have never turned their backs or closed their doors along the way of life.  They love you and truly want what is best for you”-Raevin

  • “Project Everlast has opened up so many doors for me.  It has allowed me to connect to an awesome support system.  It has allowed me to be a better person in my community.  The opportunities seem endless here!  Not only have I found a positive path I have found myself in the advocating I do for youth.  It is an AMAZING experience”-Bobbi

  • “Project Everlast has helped me to connect with a great group of people that I know I can go to with my problems.  I am forever grateful for the support and the family feeling that comes with all the meetings I have been to.  Everyone here knows how hard life can get and pulling together to help others and give back to the community is something that will never be forgotten.”—Lexi

  • “Project Everlast has given me many paths to improve lives of children by using my past to benefit those in the future.  They showed me with a lot of patience your pain can be used to fuel compassion not just anger.”-Sebastian

Project H2O

Project H2O (Here to Overcome) is an empowerment program for females ages 16-18. The program teaches participants how to overcome issues in their lives that have hindered their progress toward becoming successful adults. The target population includes: female juvenile offenders; youth who are not currently attending school; have recently been released from juvenile detention; or are at risk of entering/re-entering the juvenile justice system; as well as pregnant or parenting youth.

Project H2O will provide a safe and caring environment for young women to explore and discuss such issues as:

  • Victimization

  • Self-esteem/Self-efficacy

  • Impact of Crime

  • Teen Pregnancy

  • Body Image

  • Financial Management

  • Decision Making

  • Developing Healthy Personal Relationships

  • Goal-setting

  • Education & Career Exploration

Participants will also engage in youth-driven community service projects designed to allow the youth the opportunity to give back to the community in a healthy, meaningful way.

Contact The HUB for more information about this program.

Outreach Services

The HUB provides a variety of supports to young adults ages 16-24 to help them re-engage in the community, especially youth who are homeless, have dropped out of school, are unemployed, are pregnant or parenting, and/or who are disconnected from family and community.

Youth will be connected with a staff member who will find out what specific needs the youth has and assist him or her in meeting their immediate needs. The staff member will continue working closely with the youth until they are out of crisis. This contact with staff can be long-term or short-term, depending on the needs of the youth.

Transportation assistance in the form of Star Tran Ride Bus Passes are available as well