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WoodmenLife Hosts Step Up Omaha! Kick Off Press Conference

On Feb. 15, WoodmenLife hosted the Step Up Omaha! summer employment program kick-off with a press conference at the WoodmenLife Tower. Metro area dignitaries including Mayor Jean Stothert and City Councilmen Ben Gray, Garry Gernandt and Pete Festersen, and city business leaders were in attendance.

The event began with the co-chair of Step Up Omaha!, John Ewing, Douglas County Treasurer, explaining how the program benefits youth in the area and also area employers. He recognized the elected officials in attendance and introduced the speakers for the event.

The speakers included:

  • Mayor Jean Stothert
  • Director of Step Up Omaha!, Jami Anders-Kemp
  • City Councilman Ben Gray
  • City Councilman Garry Gernandt
  • WoodmenLife’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Denise McCauley

Omaha Steps Up

Mayor Jean Stothert announced that in 2018 she is increasing their budget of $500,000 to $1 million. Stothert believes in the program because she knows it works and that it reduces violent crimes rates in Omaha. She wants to enhance and expand job growth and that Step Up Omaha! is the way to do that.

Denise McCauley knows that teaming up with Step Up Omaha! is a win-win-win.

“It’s a win for businesses because they hire good talent. It’s a win for students because they receive real-life work experience in invigorating environments, and it’s a win for the communities taking initiative.” said McCauley.

The goals for Step Up Omaha! in 2017 are to receive 600 applications and become a year-round program. As of Feb. 15, one week into the program, they had already received 519 applications and the number is still growing.

Local media coverage included the Omaha World-Herald and KETV.

Kerrigan Flynn

Kerrigan is a communications intern at WoodmenLife. She is studying Public Relations and Advertising at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She is the VP of Publications for the UNO chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America. She is also the Social Media Director for MaverickPR and the UNO Advertising Club. Her free time is spent coaching softball, playing the ukulele, collecting records, and writing.

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