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The Unexpected Lessons of Volunteering

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

The Unexpected Lessons of Volunteering

“Am I making a difference?” It is a common question that crosses all of our minds at some point. In most circumstances we get the answer we are searching for whether it comes in the form of a promotion at work, a hug from our kids at home or a good grade on a big test at school. However not every situation lends itself to the obvious confirmation we look for.   Volunteering with young people is one example in which the answer can be obscured by walls of what some might mistake as apathy and even dislike.   Although these walls may appear off-putting; the reality is that if we are brave...

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A Value Beyond $$$

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

A Value Beyond $$$

How many jobs have you worked at where you were paid in smiles and “thank-yous”? Any business owner would tell you their company would fold faster than a cheap suit if the only form of payment they offered their employees was a pat on the back and a look of appreciation. Despite this truth, in the U.S. roughly 8 billion hours worked last year alone were not compensated monetarily.   So who are these selfless Americans and why in the world would they ever agree to such outrageous terms? You may have already guessed the “who” refers to volunteers, but “why” of the question cannot be so...

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Donor Corner, Featuring: Henry Davis

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Donor Corner, Featuring: Henry Davis

As the owner and driving force behind a billion-dollar company, Henry Davis knows a little something about fiscal responsibility. Greater Omaha Packing has grown exponentially since its establishment in 1920.  Under the direction of Davis and his father, what began as a small post- war business in the heart of Omaha’s stockyards is now known as the single source supplier of the highest quality beef in the world, employing more than 900 people and operating one of the most sophisticated beef processing facilities in the country. The reason for his success is no secret. Davis holds himself to...

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P4K’s “The Apprentice”

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

P4K’s “The Apprentice”

Local Professionals Prepare Future Workforce The real world. It can be intimidating at any age, especially if you don’t have all the necessary experience, knowledge and let’s face it-the connections needed to succeed.   Luckily, with the help of some of Omaha’s experienced professionals and business owners, P4K students are getting some early lessons in what it takes to outshine their competition and attain the job of their dreams . Earlier this year, more than 30 local business representatives met with P4K middle school students during the annual P4K Student Career Fair and discussed the...

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Mentor Spotlight: Terri Dishong

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Mentor Spotlight: Terri Dishong

As Terri Dishong opens the door to a classroom at McMillan Middle School, she receives a warm and excited greeting from the smiling faces of  four students-Daniel, Francisco, Adriana and Aarionna,  her group of mentees. As she sits down, the four eagerly fill Dishong in on what she has missed since the last time the group was together.  The five chat with the effortless flow of old friends. So it’s a little surprising to learn that they met only a little over a year and a half ago. Dishong says the answer is not nearly as mystical as some of us might assume.  “I just try to be at ease with...

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Student Scores On The Rise

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Student Scores On The Rise

Program Evaluation Shows Mentoring Is Making A Difference! The numbers from the Partnership 4 Kids 2011-2012 program evaluation are in and the results are favorable! P4K Training and Assessment Coordinator, Jessica Warren explains the current evaluation outcomes show significantly higher skills test scores of  P4K student participants in comparison to their fellow peers who are not involved in the program. Results also demonstrate a possible connection between mentoring and increased student success.   Evaluation findings show substantially higher grade point averages of students...

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What’s In A Name? Partnership 4 Kids, A Full Circle Agency

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

What’s In A Name? Partnership 4 Kids, A Full Circle Agency

“What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name might smell as sweet.”         -William Shakespeare While Juliet may have had a valid point in Shakespeare’s day, in today’s age of in-your-face advertising, with a barrage of brands to numerous too count, a name is so much more than just a name-it is survival of the fittest. As a result, when Partnership board of directors and executive staff determined that it was time for the agency to undergo a brand make-over, it was not a resolution that was made on impulse. “It’s actually something our directors have been discussing for...

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Cheers To P4K Volunteers

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Cheers To P4K Volunteers

We’d like to extend our congratulations to a few P4K volunteers for some exciting news we just had to share! John Wells, a goal buddy at Conestoga was recently named president of Pinnacle Trust Services.   Wells has over 25 years of financial service experience and has been with Pinnacle Bank for 10 years. On February 11th, Mike Jensen and his wife Liz welcomed a healthy baby boy to their family. Thomas Jensen, 8lbs, 2.8 oz and 19” long is and according to Mike, “he is a very good eater and a good sleeper.”  Mike is a mentor with the senior group at Central High School and he and Liz are...

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Stop & Smell The Success: One Parent’s Perspective

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Stop & Smell The Success: One Parent’s Perspective

We are constantly looking for ways that we can better serve our students and strengthen the quality of our programs.  One huge factor we rely on to do this is the feedback that we receive from all of YOU. (Why else would we distribute so many surveys?!)   While our relentless effort to explore new ways to grow and develop P4K should always be in the forefront, sometimes our focus on improvement becomes so narrow that we lose sight of the positive things our programs are already doing. Luckily amazing P4K supporters like you remind us to take a minute to “stop and smell the success”. One of...

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Discussion With A Director: Featuring Linda Lovgren

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Discussion With A Director: Featuring Linda Lovgren

The members of the P4K board of directors are some of the brightest, most influential and forward thinking individuals in the city of Omaha, and we want to introduce them to you! While on the surface this collective group of fortune 500 leaders, medical masterminds, and financial wizards might seem intimidating, underneath the power-suits and impressive credentials they are as down-to-earth as the corner coffee barista. One of these ordinary and unassuming folks is public relations and advertising expert, Linda Lovgren. As the head of a successful public relations and marketing firm and a...

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What’s Coming Up At P4K!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

What’s Coming Up At P4K!

Middle School College Tours March 18th-21st Middle school students are hitting the books and heading to higher education this March.  Students will tour the campuses of Iowa Western Community College and University of Nebraska at Omaha and will experience what a two-year and four-year college education is all about.  Tour schedule details are listed below: IWCC, Monday, March 18th, 10am-12pm Attending student groups: Lewis & Clark and Monroe Middle School- 7th Grade IWCC, Monday, March 18th, 2-4pm Attending student groups: Marrs Magnet and Norris Middle School- 7th Grade UNO, Tuesday,...

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P4K Perspectives-Reflections of Transformation

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

P4K Perspectives-Reflections of Transformation

Last month I began planning an editorial calendar for our agency’s blog. While trying to brainstorm topics that you, our friends and followers might find interesting I had an idea.  Why not post your stories and experiences?  What better way to capture the insights, news and latest happenings of P4K volunteers, students and supporters than to get it straight from you? So starting this month each quarter we will feature a blog from one of you our volunteers, students, friends and supporters. Your reflections, perspectives and opinions, direct and unplugged. Since this idea involves you...

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