The people behind an after-school program aim to have a big impact in students' lives. The vehicle is a foundation that offers young men hope.
North High senior Jaylen Ashley said, "This is the first year my GPA has gone to a 4.0."
That’s the kind of hope growing out of what some might view as merely a spacious building.
Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray said, "More than anything else, what we have done today is provide hope for young black and other young men in the community. Hope is something that has not been too prevalent in our community in a very long time."
When Ashley didn't care, he says the Northstar Foundation showed him confidence.
“There was a time in my life when I wasn't doing so well. It was around the beginning years of high school. I slept in class and didn't care about school."
Todd Belgrave is now a big brother doing what others did for him.
He said, “With such a positive space in the community, I believe it can change the city for the better."
More than 200 boys show up every day to study and to play. Northstar says it's about reclaiming their afternoons with the vibrant after-school facility.
Ashley said, “Thank you for providing a brighter future to every young man who walks through these doors. In doing so you are helping change the world."
The facility is at 50th and Ames. You can tour it Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.