Organizations like The Empowerment Network helped fuel the change of the last 10 years, from gang intervention with U-Turn to Youth Employment program Step-Up Omaha Summer Jobs, which has grown tremendously into a million-dollar life-changing program that has helped hundreds of youth connect with employers throughout the Greater Omaha area.

Government officials can do a lot for the people but sometimes only do so much, but even more so, community-led organizations can do just as much to help.