Smith College: Women of Distinction Program

Smith College will host its annual Women of Distinction program on October 16-18, 2015.

Women of Distinction is a program for high school seniors that highlights the opportunities at Smith for African American, Latina, Asian American, and Native American students. Admission is competitive. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all participants. They will notify you when the application becomes available in August.

For more information visit

Work & Learn 2015 Summer Program

YESS (Youth Employment and Support Services) at the American Job Center is sponsoring the Work & Learn 2015 Summer Program for students who meet the following criteria:

• 17-21 years old
(up to 24 years old after July 1, 2015)
• A resident of Lancaster or Saunders County
• Looking for a summer job
• Thinking about continuing your education

The Work & Learn 2015 Summer Program provides participants with the opportunities to:

Build a good work history
Develop job skills for future employment
Build good references
Easy access to worksites
Receive a paycheck every two weeks
Get assistance to attend college or find a job.
Incentives for finishing school

For more information, please contact the American Job Center at 402-441-7111
or visit 1111 “O” Street, Suite 205 in Lincoln, NE 68508 to learn more.



Students, parents, and borrowers are reminded that they are now required to use an FSA ID  which replaces the FAFSA PIN #. The FSA ID is made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child’s FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.

Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It has the same legal status as a written signature. Don’t give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID could put you at risk of identity theft!

For the FSA ID questions listed below, please click on the question to view more info.

What is an FSA ID?
What happened to the Federal Student Aid PIN?
Where can I use my FSA ID?
When should I get an FSA ID?
How do I get an FSA ID?
Can I create an FSA ID for my child, parent, or spouse?
Can I use my new FSA ID right away?
After I get an FSA ID, will I still be required to use my Federal Student Aid PIN?
I previously created a password when I started my FAFSA. Is that the same as the FSA ID password?
Does my FSA ID expire?
What if I forget my FSA ID username or password?
What if my FSA ID was lost or stolen?

Volunteer at the Lincoln Children’s Museium

The Lincoln Children’s Museum is seeking student volunteers. This is a great opportunity for students to gain work experience, volunteer experience for college applications, meet high school volunteer requirements and make a difference in the community; All while having fun. There will be many opportunities for volunteers to help out during the summer months. Interested volunteers fill out an application on our website at

FSA ID Replacing FAFSA PIN #

In May 2015, Federal Student Aid will implement a new login process for student- and borrower-based websites, including the FAFSA, the National Student Loan Data System, and

The new FSA ID, which will be a username and password created by the user, will replace the Federal Student Aid PIN as the process by which students, parents, and borrowers authenticate their identity to access their federal student aid information. For dependent students, the student and a parent must each create a username and password.

Until May 10, users should continue to use their Federal Student Aid PIN.

This Q & A from the Federal Student Aid website provides more details:

What is an FSA ID?
An FSA ID is a username and password that students, parents, and borrowers must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites beginning May 10, 2015.

How do I get an FSA ID?

Beginning May 10, you can create an FSA ID when visiting certain U.S. Department of Education websites. The FSA ID process has three main steps:

  1. Enter your log-in information.
    • Provide your e-mail, a unique username, and password and verify you are at least 13 years old.
  2. Enter your personal information.
    • Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.
    • Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and language preference.
    • Provide answers to five challenge questions.
  3. Submit your FSA ID information.
    • Agree to the terms and conditions.
    • Verify your e-mail address. (Note: By verifying your e-mail address, you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain U.S. Department of Education websites.)

After I get an FSA ID, will I still be required to use my Federal Student Aid PIN?

No. Your FSA ID will replace your PIN as the way to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information through certain U.S. Department of Education websites. When logging in to these websites, you will be required to enter only your FSA ID username and password.

Clinic with a Heart: School Physicals & Immunizations

Families may get a school physical during any of Clinic with a Heart’s walk-in clinic. In addition, Southwood Lutheran is sponsoring some special Saturday school physical clinics with  pediatricians.  Also, at the Saturday clinics, the county health department will be providing immunizations.  Parents will need to bring their immunization records with them (we do not provide immunizations at our regular clinics).

If your child needs any immunizations, please bring their current immunization records (If you are unable to attend these days to receive immunizations, you may contact the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department at 402 441-8065 for an appointment).

School Physical and Immunizations Clinics will be held the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 15, 2015, 8:30-11:00 a.m.

This is a first come, first serve clinic. We have a limited number of students that can be seen each day, so please arrive during the above times. Each student must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Partners has listed the following opportunities for students looking for community service hours. For more information, contact Dan Bauerly or Carletta Griffin – 402.435.2100

Lincoln Children’s Museum
Contacts: Rachel Hermsen
402-477-4000 ext. 105 – Fax 402-477-2004 –
We have an opportunity for youth volunteers ages 13-16 (June 1st) to work with our Elementary School kids ages 6-10. Youth volunteer shifts will be available from June 1 to August 7. Shifts will be assigned on a first received basis. Shifts available will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Youth volunteers will be required to work at least two shifts a week.

Food Bank of Lincoln
Contact: Kim Miller
(402) 466-8170 ext. 121
Food Sorting Volunteers – This is a great activity for youth, corporate or church groups. Volunteers needed to sort and package food. Groups of 6-10 are preferred. Check us out online under how to help! Please call with any questions, Kim Miller 402-466-8170 ext.121
Postal Food Drive– We are looking for volunteer groups to collect food donations on Saturday May 9th,
beginning at 8am. Get to know your community by joining our letter carriers with their annual food drive and assist them in alleviating hunger in Southeast Nebraska!

Center for People in Need – EVENT!
Contact: Barb Solomon
(402) 476-4357 ext. 217
Household Goods Organizer – Truckloads of Help – We receive semi-truck loads of good each month that then need to be sorted and stored in our warehouse until we distribute them to agencies and low income clients. Volunteers are needed to help with this sorting and are welcome any time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are also willing to set up times on weekends if we have groups that are interested in volunteering.

Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach
Contact: Joy Blythe
(402) 540-3682
Hope Garden Volunteers – Volunteers are needed to help with various gardening tasks in Matt Talbot’s Hope Garden. Prefer Monday, Wednesday or Friday daytime availability.

Nebraska Community Blood Bank – EVENT!
Contact: Rachel Barth
(402) 486-9412
10K Race Volunteer – The Nebraska Community Blood Bank is looking for volunteers to help with the Born & Raced in Nebraska – Cornfield 10K race on Sat., June 13. There are needs for both race week & race day volunteer positions. Please pay special attention to start times when registering. You will be contacted via email 10-14 days out from the event with further details.
Contact Rachel Barth if you would like to volunteer and for a race link to sign up for positions/times.
Thursday Afternoon Donor Cafe Host/Hostess at 26th and Kensington – Volunteers assist in the donor cafe at the NCBB 26th and Kensington location (4900 North 26th Street) from 1 to 6 (hours flexible) every Thursday. Tasks include offering juice, water, cookies and snacks to volunteer blood donors who have just donated or are waiting to donate blood. Maintain donor cafe cleanliness, replace cookies, be able to carry on conversation with volunteer donors and remind donors to fill out NCBB evaluation forms or campaign registrations. Visually monitor health of donors. Call for help if a medical problem occurs along with helping support a donor in a cafe chair.

Lutheran Family Services
Contact: Dana Moyer
(402) 978-5665
Support Group Childcare – If you enjoy spending time with children, we could use your help during our Lincoln post-adoption support groups. Volunteers are needed to work with children while parents and guardianship parents of adopted children attend a support group at our facility in Lincoln. This position allows parents to attend support group and have the peace of mind their children are being well taken care of.
Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month from 6-7:30 PM.
Volunteers will provide childcare and administer various activities. Children who attend vary greatly in age and level of need.
Responsibilities of Support Group Childcare volunteers consists of entertaining children, changing diapers, feeding children snacks or dinner provided by LFS, and monitoring child safety.
Dinner is provided for volunteers.

Gateway Vista
Contact: Justin
(402) 467-0228
Activity Volunteer – Provide meaningful life interactions for our independent, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing residents through a variety of different outlets including:
• Playing games (cards, bingo, board games)
• Assist with 1 on 1 activities (reading to resident, chatting)
• Assist on outings (to museums, baseball games)
• Pass out individual activities (crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, books)
• Read to residents (newspaper, mail, books)
• Assist in organizing library
• Assist with clerical work

Tabitha Healthcare Services
Contact: Deb VanDyke-Ries
(402) 486-8563
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed – Help elderly and shut-in community members remain independent and in their homes by delivering hot and nutritious meals to them. Select a schedule that fits your schedule, i.e. weekly, monthly or on-call basis. Volunteers will need to be available between 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM. Call (402) 486-8563 for an application or for more information.
Friendly Visitor – Provide companionship with a resident by chatting, playing a game, helping them read their mail or newspaper. Share your creative side by doing crafts or putting puzzles together. This is a great way to learn about and make new friends with elders. Other opportunities at Tabitha include:
Beauty Shop Escort, BINGO Hosts, Meals on Wheels, Nail Polisher, Print Shop, Reception and Gift Shop Volunteers needed!

University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History
Contact: Sarah Feit
(402) 472-8899
Sunday with a Scientist: Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of scientists, while educating kids and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Volunteers are needed to greet museum visitors and to help hand out evaluations after the event. Sundays with a Scientist typically takes place from 1:30-4:30 pm at Morrill Hall on the third Sunday of each month.

Clyde Malone Community Center
Contact: Nate Woods
(402) 474-1110
Tutoring Youth- Looking for a dedicated person to tutor and build relationships with young people ages 5 to 11. Pick a day Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Go to our website at to fill out a easy two page application and get it to us and we will handle the rest.

Lincoln Bike Kitchen
Contact: Kyle
(402) 915-2453
Bicycle Shop Mechanic – Help by getting bikes ready to be adopted by children. All skill levels are welcomed, from beginners to experienced shop hands. Sun. 12-4 pm; Mon. 5-9 pm. 1635 S. 1st St. (1st & west A).

Mad Dads
Contact: Rev. Coleman
Bike repair, they work with students schedules
56th & Seward Ave. (just north of Fremont)

Cause for Paws
Contact: Adair Sturgis
(402) 420-5758
Boutique Help Needed – Cause for Paws is a “boutique for cheap” that turns donated, gently used women’s clothing, décor, furniture and more into cash donations for local animal charities and causes. Assist shoppers with purchases, accept items from donors, prepare them for display and keep the boutique looking good. A passion for providing exceptional, personal customer service is required; those with marketing and/or retail experience are especially desired. Training is provided; store is open Mon.-Sat. from 10-5, Thurs., from 10-6.

Contact: Ruthi Thompson
(402) 434-5437
Teen Court Volunteer- CEDARS Teen Court program is currently accepting student and adult volunteers to help during teen court sessions. Teen Court works to determine creative sentencing for adolescent youth who are on Diversion for first-time, non-violent, criminal offenses. Student volunteers are welcome, and must be at least 16 years old. Lincoln Public School “GoPo” hours are accepted. Students will act as members of the court to help determine consequences for criminal behavior. This is a fun, interesting opportunity to serve with other students, contribute to a good cause and help out fellow teenagers. All volunteers must complete a 2-hour orientation, and be available on Thurs. afternoons from 4:15-6:00pm.

Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful – EVENT!
Contact: Adam Rhoads
(402) 441-8035 / ( TO APPLY)
•For more information please visit our website at (keyword: household).
Hazardous Waste Collection Volunteers Needed –
Volunteer shifts available 8:30-11:00 or 11:00-1:30:
Saturday May 30: Zoetis: 601 West Cornhusker Hwy
Friday June 19: Union College: South 52nd & Cooper Ave

Lincoln Medical Education Partnership – EVENT!
Contact: Rose Hood
(402) 327-6841
Hop-SCIP-Jump to the Golden Ticket Event – SCIP is gearing up for its second annual fundraiser! The event is scheduled for June 6, 2015 (with an alternate date of June 27) and all proceeds benefit School, Community Intervention & Prevention (SCIP), a program of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership.
Volunteers will be needed to arrive at the event at 8am to assist participants at stations around the concourse of Haymarket Park. Kids will hop, skip, jump (and engage in other fun activities!) as they make their way along a path around Haymarket Park. Along the way, they’ll stop by sponsor booths handing out coupons or treats. At the end of the course, each child will choose a candy bar. All of the candy bar wrappers will be wrapped in prize-winning tickets, including the GRAND PRIZE GOLDEN TICKET.
Last year’s event drew over 1000 people, with more than 250 very excited children winning prizes, including our Golden Ticket grand prize! Here is what one family had to say, “We are new to Lincoln and were looking for something to do. This was such an amazing activity and we got a chance to learn about a lot of businesses and organizations in Lincoln. It was a one-stop event to really see how Lincoln is a great family city. We look forward to next year!”

Boys and Girls Club – Park Middle School
Contact: Brent or Andy
(402) 477-4134
Help with after school program – M-F 4-7 pm; Tues. 3-7 pm. Volunteers could also partake in helping clean and/or organize the facility. Fill out application –

Distribution Days:
• every Thurs. 4-7 pm – Calvary United Methodist (in the basement) 1610 S. 11th St. – ask for Rodney
• every Sat. morning 9 am-12 noon First Street Bible Church 1st & F St. – ask for Leah
• every Tues. from 9:30 am-7 pm, Havelock Methodist Church 4140 N. 60th St. – ask for Suzette

Bay 198 Skate Park
Contact: Ryan
Indoor Skate Park located at 2005 Y St. – Help clean and organize, along with other misc. tasks.
Food distribution – every 2nd Saturday of the month – 11am & Mondays 12-5 pm

Capital Humane Society – EVENT!
Contact: Charlene Engberg
(402) 441-4483
2320 Park Blvd.
Tails ‘n Trails Pet Walk & Festival – Our Tails ‘n Trails Pet Walk & Festival is Saturday, May 16th. We need dozens of volunteers to manage the games and activities from 10am-2pm.
We also need volunteers to help take down displays, tables, etc., after the event from about 2-4pm.
Please contact Charleen Engberg at for more details if you are interested and available to help. We need all individuals to sign up to help by May 9.
General Volunteer – Help with general cleaning around shelter such as sweeping, mopping, dishes, laundry, yard work, etc.

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders County
Contact: Georgann Roth
(402) 875-9320
Head Start Celebration Volunteers– Spring is here, flowers are blooming and Part Day Head Start is having their End of Year Celebration on Sat., May 9th from 10:00-1:00 at the popular Antelope Park, 2740 A Street, Lincoln.
Head Start focuses on delivering high quality child development programs while encouraging parents and guardians to become more involved in their child’s learning. Head Start staff establishes partnerships with parents and assist in identifying community support services.
The Celebration Festivities include giggles, smiles, hugs, food and fun.
We are looking for a few (up to 10) volunteers to help with some of the booths at the celebration.
These include: hula hoop, bean bag toss, art booth, food, banner decoration booth and more.
If you are available on May 9th, please consider spending some time with Part Day Head Start at Antelope Park.
Contact Georgann Roth, Volunteer Resources Coordinator at or call 402-875-9320.

YoungArts Program

YoungArts is currently accepting applications for its 2016 program. Those students selected will be invited to participate in National YoungArts Week and/or Regional programs in New York and Los Angeles, where they will take Master classes with world-renowned artists and perform in the most prestigious venues in the country. Participants will also be eligible for:

  • Cash awards of up to $10,000 per student (over $500,000 in total awarded each year)
  • Chance to be recognized as a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Opportunity to appear in YoungArts Masterclass on HBO

Applications are now being accepted in in Cinematic Arts, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, Writing, and Spoken Word (New Writing Category). To apply, visit For more information, contact Allison Ball, Director of Education, at 800-970-2787 or

Deadline: October 16, 2015


Joven Noble Youth Program

El Centro De Las Americas will be hosting the Joven Noble Youth Program for Latino young men, ages 10 to 18, on Tuesdays 6 to 9 pm at the Malone Center (2032 U St). The program focuses on encouraging the youth to pursue their academic and life goals by providing them with interactions with successful male role models and through educational and practical field trips. This is a free program and includes free meals and tutoring. For more information, please contact Steve at 402-202-714-7324 or