As several former members sought continued relationships with the Hope Center for Kids, the staff began exploring options. Now, Hope Center for Kids provides a safe place where young men ages 19-25 play basketball and eat pizza, while building relationships with strong men of faith and community partners.
Every Tuesday evening they meet to discuss issues regarding violence and gang affiliation, as well as dialogue with gang specialists and police officers. A variety of weekly topics are presented to expand the options for young men in the community and to develop employability skills. Hope continues to develop relationships with young men in North Omaha to encourage them to make positive choices in their lives.
On Monday nights, the Hope Center hosts the Village Basketball Alliance (VBA). VBA is a community basketball league established through the relationship with community partners affiliated with Omaha 360. The Hope Center for Kids is committed to collaboration with other youth serving organizations, with the goal to foster positive relationships between youth in the community.
The youth of our community are involved in a safe activity, while getting to know other youth in a positive atmosphere. Committed adults are invested in league players, building assets in the areas of empowerment, boundaries, constructive use of time, positive values, social competencies and positive identity. 250 youth, family members and community partners attend the weekly event.