Concerns about young people in Omaha have brought a number of groups together to help parents raise better children. The "Save Our Children" second annual Youth Conference shared knowledge and options with parents on Saturday.
The youth summit was held in Fontenelle Park, featuring all kinds of games and exhibits to keep the kids entertained, but it also had information and resources for their parents.
The idea is to help parents raise better, brighter, more balanced children. Conference organizers want to improve every aspect of a child's life.
It's easy to see why the kids love the youth conference with its free bouncy house and short lines. That is every kid's dream. But the conference is about so much more than fun and games.
While the kids are learning how to be a cowboy, parents are learning how to improve parenting skills and improve the odds of success.
Sheila Clark is very interested in what Girls, Inc. has to offer. "They're telling us that they have different programs, more classes like economics and finance, leadership, so it's different than getting them together and letting them play, it's actually teaching them things that they need at an early age."
Part of the problem is that there are some young parents in the metro. The organizer of the event says that is not the only problem. These days, we might be too busy for our children's good.
"Back in those days we didn't warehouse our children in the day care system so there is a bonding period that is lost," says Teela Mickles. "How do you bond with your child when your child is gone all day? There are some gaps in our system right now and we just need to pay attention and fill in the gaps."
Filling in the gaps is what the groups represented at the conference do, but they can't help if no one knows the services offered or where to get them.
Channel 6 News spoke with several parents who were excited about the services and information offered at the conference. Their only criticism was that they wish it had been promoted better.
They think the "Save Our Children" conference is a valuable resource that would help a lot of children.