A challenge to Omaha businesses to step up and match funding for a summer jobs program with the City of Omaha.
The STEP-UP (Summer Training Employment Pathway and Urban Pipeline) program received $300 thousand from the city to create jobs for teens and young adults.
Mayor Jim Suttle is challenging businesses and the philanthropic community to match those funds in provide employment opportunities foe young people between the ages of 14 and 24.
The Boys & Girls Clubs are part of the program.
Many of the kids that are part of the club have few, if any, job opportunities, especially in North Omaha where there is high unemployment and few jobs.
It's a glimmer of hope in an area in need.
"It is a sign of hope," Ivan Gilreath of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands said. "A lot of kids that will be involved in this have never held a job and it gives them a chance to hold a job and learn good job skills, how to keep a job and you would only think that this would help them as they get older."
The goal is to enhance training opportunities and create 500 job