International Bipolar Foundation’s Essay Contest

Approximately 60 million people worldwide have bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness. Learning about bipolar disorder can help students understand the impact this disease has on those affected by it. Just as it’s likely that you know someone affected by bipolar disorder, it’s also likely that you’ve heard misinformation about this brain disorder. That inaccurate information can wind up stigmatizing those who have the disease.

One way to stamp out the stigma is by learning the facts and sharing them with others. To help middle school and high school students do that, the International Bipolar Foundation sponsors an annual contest that encourages students from around the world to write essays that educate others about bipolar disorder. A student chooses a topic from the list of suggestions, researches it, and then writes an essay of 500 to 800 words. Essays are judged by a panel of mental health authors. The winner earns a cash prize of $500, with smaller cash prizes for second and third places.

Visit research, organize, and write  essays. Students will find a wealth of online links and resources to help them learn the facts about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of bipolar disorder.

How do students enter?

Information about contest rules and guidelines is at Essays must be submitted to the International Bipolar Foundation by May 1.

Bipolar disorder is a serious disease, but one that doesn’t have to remain a mystery to so many. By learning more about bipolar disorder and sharing that knowledge with others, a student can become an agent of change who helps to erase the stigma associated with mental illness. Powerful, indeed!

For more information on bipolar disorder, click here.

To enter the essay contest, please click here.


Work & Learn: 2015 Summer Program

YESS (Youth Employment and Support Services) and One Stop Employment Solutions are currently accepting applications for the Work & Learn: 2015 Summer Program. Criteria is listed below:

  • 17 – 21 years old (up to 24 years old after July 1, 2015)
  • Resident of Lancaster or Saunders County
  • Looking for a summer job
  • Thinking about continuing education after high school

To apply, call 402-441-711 or visit the American Job Center at 1111 “O” Street, Suite 2015.

YESS (Youth Employment and Support Services) and One Stop Employment Solutions are also hosting the Youth Community Capacity Building Event on June 12, 2015. For more info, call Vicki Leech at 402-441-7121.

St. Elizabeth’s Health Occupations Camp & Internship Programs

Students are reminded that the deadline for applications for the St. Elizabeth Camp and Internship programs is next Wednesday, April 1.  (Note:  This was changed from May 1) There are 10 camper positions and 6 internships.


Diversity Connection Scholarships

2015 US Service Academy & Military Information Day

Congressman Fortenberry recently announced that in collaboration with the offices of

Senator Deb Fischer and Senator Ben Sasse, he will be hosting the


2015 U.S. Service Academy & Military Information Day


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lincoln East High School

1000 South 70th Street

Lincoln, Nebraska


DOORS OPEN ~ 9:15 a.m.

Program ~ 10 a.m.

CONCLUDES ~ 12:00 noon


Military Representatives

Available Before & Briefly After Program

  If there are additional questions, please feel free to contact Jeanne Walker at 402-438-1598 or


Jeanne Walker

District Representative

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
301 South 13th Street, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-438-1598/ Office
402-438-1604 / Fax

NCAA Amateurism Certification Request Reminder For Students

Beginning April 1, students enrolling in college fall 2015 will have the opportunity to request final amateurism certification. Prior to the final amateurism request, please remind your fall enrollees of the following:

  • Be sure information in the registration is accurate (i.e., email, date of birth, enrollment period);
  • Be sure to enter all sports that need an amateurism certification;
  • Be sure to enter any previous colleges or universities attended (under the education tab); and
  • Be sure to complete all tasks (especially academic).
 For help with requesting final amateurism certification, students can watch this video.

NCAA Division I Requirements

The requirements are changing for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016.

Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.  If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.

For more resources regarding these changes, visit or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.

NMC (Nebraska Methodist College) Healthcare Career Camp

The NMC Healthcare Career Camp will be open to students, grade 9-12, who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in several healthcare careers.

Students will experience:

  • Nursing
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Sonography
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technology
  • Basic Life Support
  • Phlebotomy
  • Microbiology
  • Human A&P in our cadaver lab!

Students will live on campus in the Nebraska Methodist College’s apartment style dorms and attend classes. The camp is held July 15-19. For more info, visit

Deadline: May 31st