Peter Kiewit Foundation (PKF) awarded the NorthStar Foundation a grant totaling $375,000 for operating support over the next three years.
“First and foremost, the contribution itself allows us to do the work that we seek to do each and every day,” says Scott Hazelrigg, NorthStar Foundation president. “By having multi-year operating grants from organizations like PKF it allows us to more strategically plan one, two and three years down the road.”
NorthStar’s mission is to change young men’s lives through programming that supports, challenges, inspires and instills a life rooted in education, self-discipline and service. After school and summer programming aims to combat startling statistics in North Omaha by finding creative ways to build relationships, expand academic and life skill application, and teach students to advocate for themselves both in the classroom and in life.
“The African American young men from this neighborhood are on average only graduating 50 percent of the time, which is the third lowest of major metropolitan areas across the country,” says Charlie Olsen, director of donor relations at NorthStar Foundation.
A key predictor for on-time graduation is ninth grade readiness in terms of GPA and significant school absences or other barriers to educational engagement. “For a young man that is not on track at the end of his ninth grade year, there is less than a 60 percent chance that he will graduate on time,” Olsen says.