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Step-Up Omaha announces expansion plans

Posted at 6:51 PM, Mar 05, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The Step-Up Youth Empowerment Network is stepping up its game, calling 2020 a year of expansion.

At a press conference on Thursday, they highlighted accomplishments. To date they have reduced gun violence in North Omaha by 74 percent. They created close to a thousand jobs and countless educational opportunities.

To make the 2020 expansion a reality, they received $1.8 million from the Charles E. Lakin Foundation.

“It gives us hope that these individuals will know that there are other options out there that maybe they hadn't been able to put their hands on or didn't have information about,” said Moniki Cannon, Employment Director, Step-Up Omaha. “Anytime we are able to expose and bring awareness and enlighten to our young people it's an exciting time for me."

Step-Up Omaha leaders say they will also be expanding into Council Bluffs to meet a deficiency in opportunities in that area as well.

As they expand, they continue to look for partner employers, work sites and sponsors.