Standing Out at Dawes Middle School


Standing-Out-at-Dawes-Middle-SchoolNeighborWorks Lincoln has been making the most of its collaboration with Lincoln Public Schools and the Community Learning Center (CLC) program. NWL was invited to become the lead agency for the Dawes Middle School CLC about 2 years ago in an effort to strengthen community development efforts in this area of the Lincoln community.

In that short time, NWL has supported the design and implementation of a new and unique CLC academy structure. All academic and enrichment clubs fall under three general academies: Arts and Humanities; Sports & Recreation; Fitness & Wellness; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). These academies include career awareness, field experiences, community service projects, and youth leadership opportunities, which have included a “Because of Dawes I Can…” mural, a neighborhood walkability study, a community photo project, and Dawes successfully hosting its first National Night Out event in August.

NWL has forged many new partnerships to make these efforts possible. Key stakeholders who have been investing their time and resources to build a strong school and neighborhood community include Nebraska Wesleyan University, Nebraskans for Civic Reform, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Girl Scouts of Nebraska, CoventryCares, First United Methodist Church, HyVee, Russ’s Market, Community CROPS, Raising Canes, Mojava, Urban Legend Legends, Kelly’s Yogurt, Educational Talent Search, Junior Achievement, STARS Program, UNL 4-H Extension, and MADD Dads.

The vision of Lincoln Public School’s CLC program is to assist and motivate student learning and youth development, while supporting families and community engagement. We have worked steadily on our program to meet the needs of our students to promote their individual and collective success. Our Dawes initiative has action steps that address goals in support of healthy families and strong neighborhoods. We achieve our goal of becoming a community school with the continued support of NeighborWorks Lincoln, Dawes staff and families, and community partners.

“I look forward to the opportunity to help grow and develop the Community Learning Center program at Dawes. I am impressed with the commitment and leadership at Dawes Middle School and I am excited about the possibilities.” – Mike Renken, Chief Executive Officer of NeighborWorks Lincoln

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Opening Doors in Our Community

NeighborWorks Lincoln is a non-profit organization dedicated to community revitalization through an active partnership of resident leaders, private businesses and public officials. We open doors for people to achieve their dreams of home ownership and for others who desire a safe and attractive neighborhood.

I wasn’t sure how to move forward, but then I heard about NeighborWorks. It is truly an amazing program…I hope more people use this great service to help themselves and to help Lincoln look better. Thanks, NWL!

– Jesse E.
NeighborWorks Lincoln

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