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metroMagazine • The Spirit of Omaha



young art patrons



MISSION STATEMENT: Joslyn Art Museum’s YAP membership provides young professionals with art education opportunities and exposure to the arts community with the goal of fostering an appreciation of the arts. HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Those who are interested are encouraged to call (402) 661-3858, or e-mail for more details or to join. QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP, WHO IS THE IDEAL MEMBER: YAP membership is open to art admirers between the ages of 25 and 40. Membership in Young Art Patrons is $100. ACTIVITIES/EVENTS THAT THE GROUP HAS PARTICIPATED IN: YAP members have the opportunity to attend events that emphasize the richness of the Museum’s special exhibitions and collections, provide exposure to a variety of programs, and feature privileged access to the Museum’s staff and board. Young Art Patrons provides a more involved Museum experience designed to foster a lifelong commitment to the arts.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:TeamMates serves nearly 800 youth in the Metro Omaha area. TeamMates is a school-based, one-to-one mentoring program. Matches meet at the school during school hours. This provides a safe, neutral environment with games, activities and staff resources to help support the match. The focus of the TeamMates mentoring relationship is for an adult volunteer to help build a positive relationship with a student in order to help them reach their full potential. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers (Mentors) meet with their mentees for one hour each week. By showing interest in their life, mentors can increase the likelihood that the youth will graduate from high school and become contributing members of society. Mentors help identify the talents of young people that provide them a sense of hope and vision for their life. To get involved, visit to download an application, or call 1-877-531-8326. Potential mentors will need to attend a short training course, and then they will meet their student. Through the application process, applicants are able to choose what school they would like to mentor at. In the Metro Omaha area TeamMates is a part of the following school districts: Bellevue, Millard,Westside, Ralston, Papillion-La Vista, CORE Catholic Schools, Omaha Public Schools, Gretna, Council Bluffs, and Plattsmouth. TeamMates matches are based on common interests and hobbies.



joe zadina WHAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN? Lamp, Rynearson & Associates (Community Involvement Coordinator), Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the Open Door Mission, the Salvation Army, Boys Town, Omaha Public Schools WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS? The need is present, and I feel fortunate enough with my life that I wanted to give back to our community. I enjoy volunteering my time and learning more about the organizations in and around Omaha that help those less fortunate. Organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, have an enormous impact on so many families and our community. They couldn’t accomplish their mission without the generosity of volunteers and donors. These organizations also provide a great opportunity for coworkers to get involved in something 25

senior project engineer LAMP, RYNEARSON & ASSOCIATES bigger than themsleves while helping others and having fun in the process. Omaha is a pretty amazing place. If any city can be described as philanthropic–it is Omaha. I’ve been involved with youth mentoring at Boys Town since my manager provided me the opportunity six years ago. I get one hour a week with a student at Boys Town, primarily to assist with math tutoring, but I really enjoy getting to learn more about these kids as individuals. Professionally speaking, I really enjoy being involved with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Council of Companies, which promotes and encourages the establishment of young professional groups within organizations and fosters growth and involvement of all young professionals within our community. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING INVOLVED? The benefits from being involved are numerous, and I only wish I had more time to devote to the many great organizations within the Omaha community. With a wife and two little boys (and a third little boy due in March 2011), I find myself having to be more efficient with my efforts. The greatest benefit is realizing the positive impact you’ve had on someone else’s life as well as taking advantage of the opportunities to improve our community. metroMAGAZINE • JAN/FEB 2011

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