Our Story

Partnership 4 Kids is a goal setting and group mentoring program that builds hope for under-served students and helps them create a foundation for success from kindergarten to careers. Partnership 4 Kids is strengthening the community through our partnership with Omaha schools by providing students with academic support, post-secondary exploration, and career readiness programming.  We aim to transform the future of Omaha through educational advancement and student success.

Our Mission:
To mentor kids for college today, and careers tomorrow.

Our Vision:
To build a better community by inspiring hope, engaging minds and launching futures through goal setting, mentoring, college and careers.

Our Program Values:

  • Goal Setting
  • Group Mentoring
  • College Access
  • Career Exploration

Our History

Two Families, One Dream To Make A Difference
In 1996, local businessman Jerry Hoberman and his wife, Cookie, created a program to recognize students for their academic achievement.  The Hobermans patterned the basis of the program after an incentive system Jerry used to motivate his employees.  Jerry and Cookie transformed what began as an “Adopt A School” relationship with Belevedere Academy, into a school-wide achievement program that engaged not only the students, but their teachers, families and the entire community in working toward a common goal of student success. The program, which was called Winners Circle, grew over time and was incorporated into Partnership 4 Kids elementary school program, which is actively used in 6 OPS elementary schools.

A few years before the creation of the Winners Circle program, another self-made businessman, Mike Yanney and his wife, Dr. Gail Walling Yanney, started a mentoring program for local students struggling to live up to their academic potential.  The pilot program began with a group of 20 students from McMillan Middle School.  ‘Yanneys Kids’, as the group of students dubbed themselves, went on to become college graduates and the Yanneys’ small community project blossomed into a full-fledged mentoring program known as All Our Kids. Today, the Yanneys’ creation has evolved even further into the city’s first group-mentoring program, serving students in five OPS middle schools and five high schools.

Two Programs Become One
In 2007, Winners Circle and All Our Kids joined forces to help more disadvantaged students stay in school and graduate.  Today, those two programs have grown together and formed one organization, known as Partnership 4 Kids. We are proudly serving more than 3,000 students in 16 Omaha Public Schools and a variety of post-secondary institutions. We are dedicated to helping those students reach their fullest potential and achieve success from kindergarten to careers!

Today, with the support of its original founders and 250 community volunteers who serve as caring adult mentors, P4K has evolved into a comprehensive youth engagement program. Beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through college and into careers, P4K staff and AmeriCorps Service Members provides over 3,300 youth with a solid foundation for life-long success, stewards them through critical academic transitions, and offers consistent support, resulting in graduates with the skills necessary to successfully attain a higher education and achieve financial stability. 

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