African American Empowerment Network

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Willie D. Barney
Primary Contact Name
Vicki Quaites-Ferris
Main Address

African American Empowerment Network
2401 Lake Street, Ste. 110
Suite 110
Omaha, NE 68111
United States

What We Do

The Empowerment Network transforms the economic condition and quality of life of African-Americans, North Omaha residents, and citizens of the greater Omaha area to close long-standing gaps in employment, education, housing, and other qualities of life. We address these disparities by building wealth and income, creating strong families, preparing successful children, and rebuilding thriving neighborhoods. Your gift today to the Empowerment Network Step-Up Omaha! Program helps to connect youth to career exploration, jobs and interns; and connect families with resources and opportunities. STEP-UP OMAHA! recruits, trains, prepares and places Omaha youth and young adults age 14 to 21, in mutually beneficial paid summer jobs and work experience opportunities. The Step-Up Omaha collaboration works to bridge the employment gap and invest in the workforce of the future by recruiting, training, and preparing at-risk youth & young adults. Your donation will help to continue reducing gun violence and increasing employment opportunities.

Interesting Info
  • The Empowerment Network has been recognized locally and nationally as a model for transformative change in urban communities.
  • Nearly 700 youth and young adults were served in the Step-Up Omaha! program.
  • Our goal is for an engaged and empowered community where African Americans, North Omaha residents, and citizens in every zip code are thriving and prosperous.
Geographic Location
Volunteer Opportunities

Empowerment Network Monthly Village Community Meeting
Repeats monthly on the second Saturday at 8:15am
Duration of 2 hours

Fall Festival in the Village
Duration of 5 hours

14th Annual Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake
Repeats annually on the first Saturday of December at 12:00pm until Saturday, December 7th, 2024
Flexible Timing

RTV Conference 2023 with Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Christmas in the Village Carriage Rides
Christmas in the Village and Pear Tree Performing Arts
Black Panther and Doc McStuffins at Christmas in the Village
Christmas in the Village Live Nativity Animals
Nativity Camel at Christmas in the Village
Ital Vital Whoville and Grinch at CITV
CITV Cartoon Characters on Carriage