Parenting Teens Class – HopeSpoke

HopeSpoke is now enrolling for an Active Parenting Class for Parents of Teens beginning May 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The class will be held every Monday through June 27th. The cost of the course is $40; however, this fee can be reduced significantly reduced dependent upon financial circumstances. A workbook/parent’s guide is included. If all 6 sessions are attended by the participant, a $25 gift card incentive is offered. If interested please contact your child’s school counselor.

Hop, SCIP, Jump and Run Event, May 10, Antelope Park

Registration is now open for School Community Intervention & Prevention’s (SCIP) annual fundraiser, “Hop, SCIP, Jump and RUN”. This year’s event will include food, music and booths offering a variety of activities for both children and adults. Children and adults of all ages can register to participate in a 1-mile Fun Run, with prizes for the top three finishers. All attendees will be eligible for other prize drawings by visiting a minimum number of booths. Proceeds will benefit SCIP, a program of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership.
For additional information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michaela Emmons at 402-327-6843 or go to

Social Media and Mental Health

Recently our Schoo PTSO meeting included a presentation on the possible connection between the growing use of social media and increased mental health concerns among adolescents. At our meeting we watched a video from a previous SCIP presentation on that topic. Though there is no hard and fast proof that there is causation between social media use and an increase in depression and suicide attempts among adolescents, there does appear to be some sort of association.

Watch the SCIP video here.

HopeSpoke Parenting Classes


Funding through the Community Health Endowment has allowed for HopeSpoke to offer three different Active Parenting Classes for parents specific to their child’s age: Parents of 0-5 Year Olds, Parents of 5-12 Year Olds, and Parents of Teens. The Active Parenting Model is evidenced based with over 20 years of research. Anyone is welcome to participate! Classes include information on reactive vs. proactive parenting, communication, non-violent discipline methods, bonding and attachment, school preparedness, and much more. Each course is offered on a quarterly basis at varying times. Classes are 4 or 6 weeks in duration and meet once per week for 2 hours. The cost per course is $40; however, dependent upon financial status a reduced rate is possible. Participants will receive a parent’s guide and/or workbook, snacks at each class, and an incentive for completing the course. For additional information please contact our office via phone or email

Camp Erin – Mourning Hope

2019 Camp Erin Lincoln

September 20-22

Carol Joy Holling Camp

Ashland, Nebraska

The Mourning Hope Grief Center is now accepting
applications for the 2019 Camp Erin® Lincoln!
Camp Erin Lincoln is a free, weekend-long, overnight bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Facilitated by professional staff and trained volunteers from the Mourning Hope Grief Center, campers are provided a safe environment to explore
their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving.
Click HERE for application.

Mourning Hope Events

We are pleased to be able to collaborate with Mourning Hope again this year as we work with students who have experienced loss in their lives. If your family has experienced a loss and needs support please visit their website at  Mourning Hope offers support throughout the year. Upcoming events are listed below. Registration for these events is necessary.

Saturday, November 17 | 9 a.m.-12 noon
Mourning Hope Grief Center | 4919 Baldwin Avenue
You are not alone. Join Mourning Hope, the LOSS Team, and the American Federation for Suicide Prevention as we gather to remember and honor those who have died by suicide. Survivor Day brings together people affected by suicide loss to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
Adults, teens and children (ages kindergarten and up) who have experienced the suicide death of someone significant in their lives are welcome to attend this free event.
Sunday, December 9 | 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Lincoln Children’s Museum | 1420 P Street
Foundry | 2311 North 14th Street
Holiday Hope is a program intended to support the bereaved during the often-difficult holiday season. To foster emotional healing and encourage individual creativity, local artists will partner with youth and teens who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. A separate group for adults will be offered as well.
Tuesday, December 11 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Southwood Lutheran Church | 4301 Wilderness Hills Boulevard
When a parent or guardian has died, how does a child find the means to purchase and wrap a gift for their surviving caregiver? Many of the youth at Mourning Hope want to put a smile on their loved one’s face, and this event gives children the opportunity to choose gifts for their primary caregiver which brings great joy.
Children who have experienced the death of a parent/guardian and have attended any Mourning Hope grief support program are invited to participate in this special event designed just for them.


Community Awareness Series: Promoting Healthy Behaviors

Our youth are our future’s greatest asset. Schools, parents, caregivers and communities all play a role in providing supportive pathways for our youth as they navigate childhood and adolescence. SCIP (School Community Intervention and Prevention) is partnering with Lincoln Public Schools, Bryan Independence Center and the Lancaster Prevention Coalition to put on a series of valuable presentations about how to support the health and well-being of our community’s youth. These events are open to parents, students, school professionals and community members.

Future Presentations: Save the Date
November 13, 2018 – The Impact of Stress & Anxiety on Our Youth
Lincoln High School: Theatre
6:30 PM
February 28, 2019 – Human Trafficking & Our Youth
Scott Middle School: Multipurpose Room
6:30 PM
April 4, 2019 – High in Plain Sight: Preventing Youth Substance Use
Lincoln Northeast High School
6:30 pm


Digital Citizenship Resources

Ryan Sothan’s presentation, “Digital Citizenship: Safely Navigating the Information Superhighway “, from the  Community Awareness Series presentation has now been made available on YouTube. Below is the link to the video along with several links to electronic versions of some of the handouts that were made available the evening of the presentation, and some additional online resources specific to Digital Citizenship.


Presentation Link:

Online Tutoring Help in the Evenings!

Students and parents, are you struggling with questions related to homework in the evening? Would you like to be able to access tutors through an online chat session? Help is available from 2:00 – 11:00 seven days a week. The only thing necessary to access this help is a library card from Lincoln Public Libraries. Here are the steps to access Homework HelpNow, a service provided by Lincoln Public Libraries:

  1. Visit the Lincoln Public Libraries website at
  2. Click on the Kids & Teens dropdown tab (in blue bar)
  3. From the dropdown menu choose Teens and then Homework Help
  4. Click on the blue Homework HelpNow tab
  5. You will see a blue Homework HelpNow button; click on it
  6. You will be asked to enter your patron barcode (your library card number found on the back of your card) and your PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number or your birthyear; if you don’t remember your PIN call the library – they are happy to help you retrieve your PIN)
  7. You will then be asked to set up an account with Brainfuse. Once your account is set up you can login. Choose your grade level and the subject area. A box will pop up in which you can type a question.

We are interested in how helpful this service is. Please feel free to drop us an email rating this online tutoring service!