Kids can only dream as big as they’ve seen
We know when we invest in our youth, they invest in Nebraska.
Our Programs Help Youth Dream Bigger
Our award-winning youth space, The Bay, is open late — including on weekends — and accessible to all youth, 19 and under, regardless of means, ability, identity or interest. It’s home to otherwise misfits.
We believe in learning by doing, so we don’t do sit-and-get lessons. Our instructors and mentors get kids moving, thinking, communicating and creating.
Young people identify with and feel represented by our programming — it’s uniquely compelling, because it speaks their language, and to their specific interests.
“Omaha Public Schools is excited to partner with Rabble Mill because they’ve proven the ability to excite and practically engage the students who are toughest to reach as they help ready these individuals for college and careers.”
“I was working out of town last week, and he was sure to call me every day to tell me about camp. ‘Mom, thanks for signing me up for this. This is the best thing ever. I am getting so good! I feel more confident.’ I could feel the hug of thanks through the phone every time. … The environment and atmosphere [and] watching the staff interact with kids put all my parent worries away. I knew he was safe, cared for, and would be encouraged.”
“Our partnership with Rabble Mill was amazing. We are like a family. … Rabble Mill gives youth experiences they will use and remember for a lifetime. All the youth feel like they belong during program time with Rabble Mill.”
Youth We Serve
Different K-12 students through after-school clubs in Omaha and Lincoln in 2022
82% qualify for free/reduced lunch
76% identify as a racial or ethnic minority
59% met a new friend
98% would consider recommending our clubs to a friend
Junior and senior high schoolers applied for 100 spots at Bay High
45% representing a racial or ethnic minority
51% qualify for free/reduced lunch
High school students registered for our workforce development clubs
Through peer support and mentorship — and with tablets, cameras, mics and skateboards — our clubs, camps and events make a party out of experiential STEAM and physical education.
A Lincoln Public Schools Focus Program, Bay High offers creative, entrepreneurial-minded students the future-forward tools, experiences and relationships necessary to become in-demand creators.
Our college- and career-readiness program creates upward mobility for high school students by preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow — and to be the leaders our communities need.
Our Youth Journey
Start Getting Excited About Nebraska’s Future
We know you want to live and work in a Nebraska where you’re excited about the future for all kids. But to do it, you need community partners who think long-term, and dream differently, to solve some of our greatest problems — from youth delinquency, incarceration and dropping out, to businesses starved for talent.
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At Rabble Mill, we believe creating upward mobility for underserved Nebraska youth is the most strategic solve to our state’s talent issues — “brain drain” is irrelevant when we become the state that best reaches, and develops, the uniquely talented kids who are currently being missed.
Unfortunately, many youth programs aren’t designed for today’s youth.
For the last 12 years, we’ve worked with thousands of youth, partnered with dozens of incredible organizations, have been honored with notable awards, and earned support from some of Nebraska’s top foundations and businesses. So we understand these issues.
Here’s how we’re solving them.
- Our programming space, The Bay, is open when others aren’t — including on nights and weekends, giving kids something better to do than get into trouble.
- Young people identify with and feel represented by our programming — it’s uniquely compelling, because it speaks their language, and to their specific interests.
- Our culturally relevant programs and talent-building education help young people connect the dots between their organic interests and the jobs of tomorrow.
- Our trained mentors guide youth along their journey, introducing them to experiences, individuals and businesses that create significant moments of impact.
We picture the elementary or middle school students in our after-school clubs walking to the podium as proud Bay High graduates, stepping into your office to gain real-life experience through our college- and career-readiness program, and eventually, leading in your boardrooms and in Nebraska’s legislature.
They’ll stay in Nebraska because Nebraska invested in them.
Help us build this future by investing in this strategy. And learn more: Check out our 2021 Annual Report, watch some of our videos, or schedule a meeting with our leadership team.
As Supported By
- Abel Foundation
- Acklie Charitable Foundation
- Beyond School Bells
- Bonnie Blackman
- Brad and Jill Moline
- Capital One
- Center for Rural Affairs
- Chuck Mooty
- City of Lincoln
- Community Health Endowment of Lincoln
- Cooper Foundation
- Craig and Heather Meier
- Dane and Brook Hansen
- Dianne and John Scott Fund
- Douglas County Visitors Improvement Fund
- Duncan Family Trust
- Electronic Arts
- Gilbert C. Swanson Foundation
- Hormel Harris Foundation
- Humanities Nebraska
- John W. Mooty Foundation
- Keno Prevention Fund
- Lancaster County Juvenile Justice Prevention Funds
- Lee and Debbie Stuart Family Foundation
- Lincoln Community Foundation
- Lozier Foundation
- Luke and Katie Hansen
- Mark and Karla Stuart Charitable Fund
- Medical Solutions
- M Eighmy Foundation
- Mutual of Omaha Foundation
- Nebraska Arts Council
- Nebraska Children and Families
- Nebraska Civic Engagement Table
- Nebraska Community Foundation
- Nebraska Crime Commission
- Peter Kiewit Foundation
- Rogers Foundation
- Scott Lloyd
- Sherwood Foundation
- Students Learn Students Vote
- Susanne Shore and J. Peter Ricketts
- Swanson Russell
- William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation
- Woods Charitable Fund