Youth Leadership

Project Extra Mile's youth leadership initiatives involve young people who want to make a difference in their communities by challenging the adult world regarding excessive alcohol consumption, which includes underage drinking. Youth leadership is critical in achieving sustainable and permanent change in communities. Current opportunities for student involvement include: 

Youth Leadership Network - Omaha Metro 

Youth in grades 8-12 in the Omaha-Metro area are welcome to join Youth Leadership Network (YLN). Members will learn about the harms of excessive alcohol use in our community, develop the leadership skills needed to make real change, and put those skills into action! In YLN, we place a unique focus on practicing valuable leadership skills. Members will receive expert guidance on projects that utilize media literacy, public speaking, advocacy, problem-solving, and collaboration. We're serious about youth leadership, which is why all projects are planned and developed by youth themselves. Youth projects over the last year have included hosting a town hall, meeting with state senators, and creating media campaigns to raise awareness. No prior experience is necessary to join as our staff will work with all youth to develop their skills. The program is free and held once a month at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on the University of Nebraska- Omaha Dodge Campus. 

  • Meet and learn from local and state policymakers 
  • Create your own media campaigns 
  • Learn your individual leadership style
  • High school juniors and seniors can compete for Project Extra Mile's Youth Leadership Scholarship* 
  • Meet new friends and develop skills to last a lifetime 

Spring 2023 Meeting dates: 1/9/23 7-8 p.m., 2/6/23 7-8 p.m., 3/6/23 7-8 p.m., 4/3/23 7-8 p.m., 5/8/23 7-8 p.m., Youth Advocacy Day at the State Capitol TBD, Awards Dinner TBD, Youth Leadership Training summer 2023 

Check out our YLN flyer here

Interested in joining? Fill out the YLN interest form here

 

Youth Leadership Council - Nebraska 

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a statewide group of students ranging from 8th to 12th grades. Students involved in YLC will have a variety of leadership opportunities throughout the year including but not limited to advocating for policy change by testifying before the Nebraska Legislature and other local governing bodies, developing media campaigns to educate the public about alcohol-related harms and proven prevention strategies, and planning community-focused events such as town halls. This program provides students with year-round skill development and opportunities to positively impact their schools, neighborhoods, and the state. This program is free and meetings are held once a month via Zoom. 

  • Meet and learn from local and state policymakers 
  • Create your own media campaigns 
  • Learn your individual leadership style
  • High school juniors and seniors can compete for Project Extra Mile's Youth Leadership Scholarship* 
  • Meet new friends and develop skills to last a lifetime 

Spring 2023 Meeting dates: 1/16/23 7-8 p.m., 2/13/23 7-8 p.m., 3/13/23 7-8 p.m., 4/10/23 7-8 p.m., 5/15/23 7-8 p.m., Youth Advocacy Day at the State Capitol TBD, Awards Dinner TBD, Youth Leadership Training summer 2023 

Interested in joining? Fill out the YLC interest form here. 

*Project Extra Mile's Youth Leadership Scholarship 

New in 2023, Project Extra Mile is pleased to announce the establishment of the Youth Leadership Scholarship, which will be awarded to one deserving junior or senior member of YLC or YLN. The scholarship will be awarded to a student that has demonstrated exceptional leadership, active participation in either YLN or YLC, and a desire to improve the lives of all in their communities by reducing alcohol-related harms. The scholarship awardee will be announced at the end of the 2023 spring semster.