On June 8, Governor Dave Heineman, Mayor Jim Suttle, Hope Center for Kids board members and other state, city and county officials cut the ribbon to open the Hope Employment and Learning Academy, 2200 North 20th St.

Renovations to the Hope Center building began in January to construct classrooms for the addition of the new Hope Employment and Learning Academy.

Hope Center Executive Director Ty Schenzel says the changes will make it possible to prepare youths in North Omaha for the real-world workplace. The first classes to use the new education center classrooms are part of the city’s Step-Up program.  The program, which is a government/private sector partnership, helps high school and college-aged youths find summer employment.

The Hope Center for Kids faithfully inspires hope in youth and children in the inner city through education, employment, collaboration and faith.  The Hope Center for Kids is located at 2200 North 20th Street, and provides after school care, mentoring and tutoring for approximately 1,000 children.

For more information about the Hope Center for Kids, please visit their website at www.hopecenterforkids.com or call (402) 341-4673.