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Back on Track

  • Nebraska Children and key partners utilize the Jobs for the Future Back on Track™ model to help young people achieve positive outcomes and long-term financial stability by providing support and resources to help them succeed in school and career.
  • Nebraska Children’s Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) program utilizes a collective impact approach to ensure young people are supported in their postsecondary education and career goals.
  • Young people in Nebraska may be eligible for supports and services for postsecondary education and career training.
  • To learn more, contact your local CYI Central Navigator or Project Everlast Council.

Education and Training Voucher (ETV) 

Central Plains Center for Services, through a contracted partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, administers the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program. This program provides financial assistance for tuition, fees and books, as well as one-on-one support, for current and former state wards to attend college. *Must meet eligibility requirements


Kris Hook, Scholarship Coordinator: 402-968-1559

Deena Gibson, Scholarship Coordinator: 308-749-2580 (Broken Bow)

Ann Lenz, Education Specialist: 402-990-3296 (Omaha)


Partnership for Youth Development & YET

Y.E.T. (Youth Employment and Training) – Dynamic Workforce Solutions (

Partnership for Youth Development (a part of Heartland Workforce Solutions’ comprehensive services and funded through the Workforce Investment Act) helps in-school and out-of-school youth who want to prepare for and find a job. Unemployed or underemployed youth who participate in the program receive counseling and job readiness training while receiving one-on-one support.

Contact: Dawn Coffey, YET Director

Astute Coffee Mentoring Project Apprenticeship Program

Astute Coffee prepares adolescents to enter the job market and work to decrease poverty, crime and homelessness in our community. Employees will be trained and tested bi-monthly on a job-specific skills matrix. Programming, which includes financial literacy, cooking and nutrition, mindfulness meditation, academic tutoring, and more, is designed to have young adults ready for the workforce and beyond. Additionally, employees will refine their core competencies via SCAN (Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) in order to become viable employees with marketable abilities. Astute focuses on creating authentic and lasting relationships that can, in turn, create authentic and lasting change. All employees are through a partnership with Project Everlast.

Contact—Miah Sommer, Executive Director; or 402-345-0213 to get started.