Lift Up Sarpy County Launches Innovative 100-Day Financial Stability Challenge for Young Adults and Families

Lift Up Sarpy County, Inc., leads an ambitious effort for professionals and community partners to develop solutions to improve financial stability for young adults and vulnerable families

 March 9, 2018 — Today, Lift Up Sarpy County, Inc., announced it has launched a 100-Day Challenge to accelerate community- and state-level efforts to improve the financial stability for a group of families and young adults to ensure they have the best possible opportunities to thrive. Lift Up Sarpy County’s 100-Day Challenge is a collaboration with the Rapid Results Institute (RRI) and is funded through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation through its Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative (Jim Casey Initiative).

Lift Up Sarpy County was selected by the Jim Casey Initiative as one of two sites nationwide to embark on the intense, multi-stakeholder 100-Day Challenge to engage local partners with a renewed sense of urgency to develop solutions that address the needs young adults and vulnerable families. In the 100 days, Lift Up Sarpy County, in partnership with Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, will work to develop innovative ways to align public and private resources in Sarpy County to create new economic avenues for 50 families and young adults who are already accessing assistance through Community Response and Project Everlast.

The Challenge involves combining state and federal resources with local banking partners to ensure youth and families have access to predator-free asset purchase supports, low-interest loans and micro loans, and wealth development through the accumulation of valued assets.

“This is a huge opportunity to further the collaboration and strategies needed to get to financial stability for this group of youth and families. All partners involved have already brought a deep commitment, a focus on new solutions, and energy to addressing the needs of youth and families in Sarpy County. As with all ambitious plans, the more people we can bring to the table the better the outcome will be. We encourage anyone who is interested in being a part of the 100-Day Challenge to contact Lift Up Sarpy County,” said Gayle Christensen, Community Response Coordinator for Lift Up Sarpy County.

The 100-Day Challenge is a project designed to stimulate intense collaboration, innovation and execution to achieve wildly ambitious goals in 100 days. The 100-Day Challenge mobilizes community action to establish bold and creative ways to build a system response to problems. RRI pioneered the method, which has helped communities around the world tackle tough social problems.

“We are excited to support Lift Up Sarpy County in identifying one of the leading challenges in Nebraska for youth in foster care and other challenging situations, to work together as a community to solve the problem for this population of young people,” said Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

“We believe that through 100-Day Challenges like the one Lift Up Sarpy County has launched, we can take a big step forward at a local level and demonstrate what’s needed nationally,” she continued.

Other 100-Day Challenges have worked to prevent and end youth homelessness in America: In Austin, Cleveland and Los Angeles, 413 young people were housed in just 100 days — exceeding the original goals they had set at the start of their journey. In Baltimore, Columbus, Hennepin County, Louisville and Palm Beach County, 651 young people were housed in just 100 days.

About Lift Up Sarpy County, Inc.

Lift Up Sarpy County brings together government, non-profit and faith-based organizations in our communities to serve people in need in Sarpy County. It offers opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, provides operational services and encourages person-to-person assistance and volunteerism. It exists to uplift lives. Learn more at LiftUpSarpyCounty.org

About Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and Bring Up Nebraska

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation supports children, young adults and families at risk with the overall goal of giving our state’s most vulnerable kids what they need to reach their full potential. We achieve this by using the Collective Impact approach to build community-owned collaborations and effective community prevention systems. Each collaborative, such as Lift Up Sarpy County, are part of a larger prevention initiative, called Bring Up Nebraska, designed to strengthen children, families, and older youth; keeping them out of the welfare and criminal justice systems. Learn more at NebraskaChildren.org.

About the Rapid Results Institute

RRI is a nonprofit organization that creates transformative and sustained impact on tough societal challenges. RRI uses its 100-Day Challenges to support front-line teams to shape and deliver seemingly impossible goals, and it helps leaders leverage these initial 100-day goals into sustained, long term, impact. For more information visit www.rapidresults.org.

About the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safe and healthier places to live, work and grow. The Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative works to ensure that young people — ages 14 to 26 in the U.S. who have spent at least one day in foster care after their 14th birthday — have the resources, relationships and opportunities to achieve well-being and success. For more information, visit www.aecf.org.