OMAHA, Nebraska — Some people may be familiar with the small free libraries in Sarpy County, the trash cans in Papillion Parks, and even Veterans Park.
All of them came from old projects of the Sarpy Leadership program. It aims to develop district leaders by engaging with the community and promoting its well-being.
Community growth and improvement is the goal of Leadership Sarpy’s legacy projects.
3 News Now went to another one of their projects as a group in the newest class, a job fair with unique offers.
“There were some memorials. There are some who, you know, have been planting trees and various aspects of this nature,” said the sergeant. Matt Howey, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office.
A group of six helped organize a job fair for Sarpy County High School students.
“There is no one solution, one path that fits all, and there is not always a lot of knowledge about the options available,” said Vince Kline, project director at JE Dunn Construction.
They brought in businesses with different backgrounds to better educate.
“We hope this will attract students and potential workers to Sarpy County,” Kline said.
From construction to electricity, cosmetics and maintenance, Sarpy’s younger and older people moved from table to table to learn about different trades.
“We had no idea how many students would be coming today, so we came in with high hopes,” Kline said.
They contacted 19 schools and several buses with children appeared. Enabling businesses to participate as well.
“I think it’s important for young people to know that you can start somewhere and really get ahead in your profession. I went to college, but for something completely different, and then I worked more in salons,” said Danielle Siegenhorn. , salon manager Five.
It was also a chance to share my career paths.
“You know, the best thing that happened to me was that I started trading right after high school and it was a great career for me. I’ve been in retail for almost 20 years,” said Joe Hansen, Human Resources Manager. at JE Dunn Construction.
The job fair was unique in many ways. He focused on trading, but also helped the current generation financially.
“Because of this, we can give out a couple of scholarships with a higher dollar amount to students who want to continue their education in technology,” Howey said.
All the students who came participated in the drawing only for the fact that they came.
“Today or tomorrow we will choose a couple (of) names, call them and let them know that they won $500 just for showing up and showing interest in this,” Howey said.
This group looks forward to continuing to offer similar activities through its ongoing legacy project.