Living a dream that would not be denied

As Eduardo Aguilar walked down an Omaha Creighton Prep hallway one school day last April, he had no idea a lifelong dream would soon be secured. Counselor Jim Swanson pulled the then-high school senior out of his international relations class on the pretext of seeing how he was...
Posted On 20 Apr 2018

Nature photographer Joel Sartore taking cue from Noah with his National Geographic Photo Ark – Part 1

If Noah had a camera, perhaps he would have done what noted nature and wildlife photographer Joel Sartore is doing. Sartore, who resides in Lincoln, Neb., is a star National Geographic shooter in the midst of an epic project, aptly named Photo Ark, that’s creating an...
Posted On 20 Apr 2018

Juvenile Justice Advocacy: Working to Help Local Youth – Part 4

Shawne Coonfare, Director of the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), says the JAC’s general philosophy is if a youth is eligible to be diverted from formal court processing, then they need to do that. “It’s really more about supporting youth and young people in what they need than...
Posted On 20 Apr 2018

Juvenile Justice Advocacy: Working to Help Local Youth – Part 3

One of the programs that Boys Town offers that has the largest impact is out of its South Omaha Office. Staffers work directly with South High School and Marrs Middle School. “And our primary approach there is to work with a school counselor, a gang interventionist, and families...
Posted On 13 Apr 2018

KM3 reporter Maya Saenz living her dream

KMTV Channel 3 news reporter Maya Saenz is living a dream that started as a girl in rural Colorado watching Telemundo Denver and KUSA NBC Channel 9. Saenz ended up working at both stations before joining KM3 in 2016. This youngest of three sisters is the only one not born in...
Posted On 13 Apr 2018

Antonio Morales, owner of Pastelería Nietos

Every immigrant who makes it to the United States has a story to tell. They are experiences that continue to grow until they manage to conquer the so-called American dream, highlighting that it doesn’t last forever unless you work hard to get it. Because of this, El Perico...
Posted On 13 Apr 2018

Unequal Justice Juvenile Detention Numbers Are Down, But Bias Persists – Part 3

Spohn believes JDAI has been less than successful in keeping some low and medium risk youth out of detention – which is the whole point of the thing,” adding, “We still probably do have youth that end up in detention that shouldn’t be there.”...
Posted On 12 Apr 2018

Mexican Federal Elections

The Federal elections in Mexico will take place on July 1st, 2018. During said elections, Mexicans will vote for their President, 128 Senators and 500 members of the Lower Chamber. They will also elect Governors and members of the local congresses for Guanajuato, Veracruz,...
Posted On 12 Apr 2018

Juvenile Justice Advocacy: Working to Help Local Youth – Part 2

There are the typical challenges families face, including poverty. “Poverty impacts where families are able to live and may expose them to environments where there may be more crime. Or the student may have more unstructured time where they’re not in sports or other...
Posted On 12 Apr 2018

Unequal Justice Juvenile Detention Numbers Are Down, But Bias Persists – Part 2

Another large effort charged with reform is the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) launched in 2011. “We now have seven years of initiatives and we’re no closer to bringing a more compassionate, effective, fair system to our kids than when we first got...
Posted On 31 Mar 2018