State Wants to Hear from Youth, Families and Providers on Behavioral Health Needs

Lincoln – Nebraska officials want to know what services are important to Nebraska children and teens when they face serious behavioral health challenges, so they’re asking the youth, their families and community providers to complete a survey.  The survey period is open until November 22.

The results of the survey will help the Department of Health and Human Services and system partners, such as advocacy groups, children’s agencies, schools, the justice system and the faith community, work with families and youth to develop a strategic plan for a system-of-care approach to providing services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

 “We want to strengthen the collaboration of state and local efforts to weave mental health supports and services into seamless systems of care for children and youth with mental health needs and their families,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  

The survey includes questions about the accessibility of services, family involvement, and system strengths and weaknesses.  It is available at http://go.unl.edu/nesoc.

DHHS was awarded $504,413 from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a system-of-care expansion planning grant.

“The focus of the funding is the coordination of resources in communities to improve a young person’s health and well-being,” Adams said.

College Week 2013

College Week 2013

The Lincoln area college fair is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Southeast Community College at 84th and O streets. This fair includes more than 120 colleges and universities from Nebraska and surrounding states. All this week on its website, Lincoln Public Schools promoted various aspects of researching choosing colleges.

Q&A with a former teacher on Career Cruising for LPS

Jerome Martin, a former teacher in Lincoln Public Schools, is now Manager of Client Services for Career Cruising, an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool that LPS students use to explore career plans and college options. Because Martin believed in Career Cruising so much he wanted to help further develop it, he answered questions about how it works and how it can impact students.

Perspective from LPS grad who is now a college admissions counselor

Jessica Grieser has seen both ends of the college admissions process. Once she had to choose between two colleges, and now she helps others learn more about college as an Admissions Counselor at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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Enter Financial Avenue Video Challenge for a Chance to Earn a Scholarship

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 With higher education costs rising and more students using credit cards to cover everyday expenses, mounting debt for young people is at an all-time high. That’s why we decided to use Financial Avenue to help you learn valuable money management skills.

 Many of you already juggle part-time jobs with expenses like paying for cell phones and buying gas. Now you will have access to online financial education courses, videos and tools to help you manage your expenses now and throughout your lives. These courses cover budgeting, credit cards, banking basics, borrowing money and much more.

 As an added incentive to take advantage of the online financial education program, Financial Avenue is sponsoring a video contest.  

 To enter the Financial Avenue Video Challenge, complete all six courses and 10 mini-modules, get a team of one to three members together and create a 30 second to two-minute video about what you learned. Your team could split a $750 grand prize or split $500 for the runner-up team. Plus, the school of the student(s) with the grand prize winning video will also win a $2,500 cash award to further the mission of educating young adults on financial literacy. The deadline to enter the Financial Avenue Video Challenge is February 28, 2014.

 Get full contest rules and learn how to enter at www.Inceptia.org/NEfachallenge. Follow #FAchallenge on Twitter for news and tips. To get started on the Financial Avenue program, go to https://fa.financialavenue.org/eqffa/login. When logging in, use our access code [fill in with access code number you were provided by Inceptia].

Inceptia’s Financial Avenue is partnered with EducationQuest.org.

Information Technology Focus Program’s Informational Meetings

All students interested in computer programming, robotics, mobile app development, computer game development, digital video or other technology classes are invited to attend informational meetings at the Information Technology Focus Program on Tuesday, November 5th or Thursday, November 7th.  Information concerning available computer classes as well as the registration process for second semester or next year will be provided. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the ITFP, located on the fourth floor of the Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, 285 S. 68th St. Pl. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. Call 436-1776 or visit the web site at “itfp.lps.org” for more information.

Lincoln Area College Fair

Students & families are reminded that the Lincoln College Fair will be held Sunday from 1 to 3 pm at Southeast Community College (8800 “O” St). An updated list of schools in attendance is posted at EducationQuest.org, where you are also able to register a barcode for streamlining your College Fair Visit. Financial aid presentations will also be available for those interested in learning more about updates to the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Assistance) Process.

Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium

For the last 10 years, the Department of Animal Science and University of Nebraska–Lincoln have planned and hosted the Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS) for youth that have a passion for the beef industry. Youth from across the state of Nebraska as well as from Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, & Virginia have participated over the year.

 This educational symposium allows students to:
  • Network with beef industry leaders and hear about innovative cattle production practices
  • Investigate career areas within the beef industry through participation in hands-on workshops
The main focus of the symposium is to give students the opportunity to develop and market their own beef product in a small team setting. They are then put to the test by judges who taste their products and ask them questions about their marketing plans.
Four $500 scholarships sponsored by the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are also awarded to students who demonstrate excellent leadership and teamwork throughout the symposium.
 Travel assistance is available to students who are interested in attending. You can go to the website for more information about the symposium as well as to register.

Prescription Drug Take Back

It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinets!! 

SCIP will be partnering with Lincoln Police Department to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10am to 2pmThe National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Prescription Drug Take Back is schedule for October 26, 2013 from 10am to 2pm!  There will be 11 collection sites in Lincoln/Lancaster County, listed below and on the attached flyer.  Sites will accept all unused or expired over-the-counter and prescription medicines, sites will not be able to accept syringes or metal inhaler cartridges. For more info, visit www.dea.gov.

 Collection Sites:

  • 1701 South St Lincoln Ne  (Walgreens)
  • 1404 Superior Lincoln Ne  (Walgreens)
  • 8300 Northern Lights Lincoln Ne  (Walgreens)
  • 4000 S 70th Lincoln Ne  (Walgreens)
  • 2502 N 48th Lincoln Ne  (Walgreens)
  • 2600 S 48th Lincoln Ne  (Walgreens)
  • 6845 S 27th Lincoln Ne  (Shopko)
  • 5010 O St Lincoln Ne  (Hy-Vee)
  • 233 N 48th Lincoln Ne  (Supersaver)
  • 1550 S Coddington Ave Lincoln Ne  (Russ’s)
  • 13851 Guldford Waverly Ne (Four Star Drug)

Lincoln Area College Fair

Students and their families are encouraged to attend the Lincoln Area College Fair on October 27, 2013 at SCC-Lincoln (8800 O St). The Fair will be open from 1 to 3 pm. Visit with over 120 college and military reps and have the opportunity to attend financial aid sessions. Before attending a College Fair or EPP, students should visit NebraskaCollegeFairs.org to register for a barcode. They should then print the barcode and take it to the College Fair(s) and/or EPPs they attend. College reps will scan students’ barcodes to retrieve their demographic and academic information.

Click here to download a flyer with details about the barcode/scanner process. Click here to learn more about the College Fair.

Susan T. Buffet Scholarship Update

Application Opens:  November 1, 2013

 Application Deadline:  February 1, 2014 (Student Aid Report due March 15, 2014)

 Application Requirements (all due February 1, except SAR):

·         Complete online scholarship application

·         Personal essay

·         Official high school transcript

·         Two letters of recommendation

·         Copy of Student Aid Report (due March 15)

After further review; it has been decided, that The College Funding Estimator will not be required as a part of the application, however, we encourage students, families, and counselors to use it as a tool to understand eligibility for the Buffett Scholarship.

 There will be a slight change in the format of the personal essay and letters of recommendation which will provide both students and recommenders additional guidance in addressing specific topics and characteristics.