Reengagement in Omaha
Omaha’s freestanding nonprofit D2 Center operates in a community setting to reconnect Douglas and Sarpy county youth to school completion options.
The D2 Center serves as a one-stop guidance center for out-of-school youth and youth who are off track to graduate from high school in time. The intake process begins as soon as students complete the initial application and consists of online math and reading assessments and an in-depth interview with an intake specialist to identify needs. A parent is also interviewed, whenever possible. This information, along with prior academic performance contributes to creating an individual action plan.
The action plan highlights the academic and non-academic services the student will need along with key stakeholders that will help the student succeed. Each youth is provided a Youth Academic Navigator (YAN). YANs check-in with students on a regular basis up to the point of graduation. Caseloads are less than 40 students.
- The Sherwood Foundation and the City of Omaha provide key financial support.
- The D2 Center engages a diverse group of partners, including Douglas County Juvenile Services, Youth Emergency Services, and the Early Childhood services Teen and Young Parent Program to support youth.
- A long-term commitment, post-graduation follow up for one year, and the ability to support youth anywhere in Douglas or Sarpy counties (23 different schools/programs) are key components.
- On-site tutoring, elective credit options, and a Career Navigator Program provide additional supports.
- The D2 Center served 205 students in 2015. Ninety-six were new to the program and 53 earned a high school diploma. The 2014 stick rate (1 year post-activation; graduate or still active) was 80%.
- Over the past 4+ years, about 40% of students have current or prior involvement in the juvenile justice system and over 25% are pregnant or parenting. 18% are in special education, 16% are English language learners, and 16% are current or former foster youth.