African American Empowerment Network

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Willie D. Barney
Main Address

2401 Lake Street
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.
Volunteer Opportunities

12th Annual Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake
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12th Annual Christmas in the Village
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