Stepping Up and Empowering Youth
WoodmenLife is always working to go the extra mile and help the community in the best way. Teaming up with the Empowerment Network and hosting the Step-Up Program allowed us to help at-risk teens and young adults by working with them to gain job training and work experience. It is a three-hour program that works with the strengths and talents of each individual to help them understand their full potential.
Students from Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands (North & South Clubs), The Hope Center, Banister’s Leadership Academy and ENCAP, learned from city leaders and also had an opportunity to experience WoodmenLife.
The program included workshops that helped the attendees learn about leadership skills, different speakers, a visit from Omaha mayor, and a tour of the 27th floor of the WoodmenLife Tower.
A Tour to Inspire
On the tour, the students were able to meet WoodmenLife President & CEO Larry King and ask him questions. They asked questions such as, “how much does a CEO make?” King encouraged them to go to college and get a degree because WoodmenLife is always looking for smart, motivated new hires. The students were inspired by his story of starting off as a junior high school teacher and ending up as CEO of a life insurance company.
“It is important to nurture the youth in our communities because soon they will be in the job force,” said WoodmenLife Talent Development Director Marsha Graesser. “By giving these teens and young adults the tools they need to be successful, we are building a competitive job force to make Omaha better every day.”