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Connected Youth Initiative’s Learn and Earn Opportunity

Are you interested in exploring a career in education, child development, child care, social work, recreation, or even criminal justice? Do you want to share your hobbies, interests, and passions to impact youth and children? If so, this is the opportunity for you!

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation’s Connected Youth Initiative and Beyond School Bells Initiative are teaming-up to partner with Central Plains Center for Services to offer current and prospective college students a PAID internship working in either a summer program for school-aged youth to learn more about these fields and to help you gain a meaningful work experience.



Beyond School Bells is dedicated to improving access to and quality of extended learning opportunities (ELOs) for low-income students. These ELOs have shown to increase student academic achievement and help high-performing students stay engaged and develop a deeper level of understanding. Beyond School Bell educators are the great equalizer in American education and are crucial in creating a system that better serves all Nebraskans.

This opportunity will be available statewide and begins in June 2022.

Get paid, on-the-job experience working with school-aged children in a summer enrichment program! We provide you with the support and curriculum resources to have the opportunity to teach children topics that interest you. Potential topics include theater, science, aviation, college preparation, kitchen chemistry, environmental education, sports and even more!

In addition to your work on site, you will connect with peer instructors bi-weekly to extend your work-learning experience and learn how to leverage this experience in the future.


  • Paid professional experience
  • Professional training provided by Collective for Youth
  • Participation in a state-wide learning community where you will learn to leverage your experience for your future career
  • Opportunity to impact change in your community
  • Connection to like-minded peers


  • Currently attending or planning to attend community college or university
  • Interest in education, child development, child care, social work, criminal justice, or similar field
  • Availability to work up to 32 hours per week (summer and fall)
  • Willingness to participate in bi-weekly learning community meetings
  • In some sites, participants will be required to pass a finger-printed background check
  • Successful candidates will have demonstrated professional behavior, responsibility, and strong communication skills


Connected Youth Initiative’s Learn and Earn Opportunity — Application
Additional Details
Year in school
Are you able and willing to work up to 32 hours per week during the summer and fall??
Are you available to start early June?

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Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic infraction?
Do you have reliable transportation?

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Have questions? Please contact Sara Dreher at