Building Bright Futures (Omaha, NE)


  • Name:Ms. Barbara Rebrovich
  • Title:Director of Grants

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Building Bright Futures
  • Address:1004 Farnam Street, Suite 102
    Omaha, NE 68102
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:402-715-4168
  • Main fax:402-715-4161

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  • Mission:
  • To improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, ensure students are prepared for postsecondary education, and increase civic & community responsibility through partnerships with providers & school districts, creating evidence-based programs to develop a comprehensive network of services.

  • Overview:
  • Building Bright Futures (BBF), an Omaha non-profit organization, was established in 2006 to address the academic needs of children in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. BBF seeks to measurably improve lifelong educational outcomes for children by mobilizing a comprehensive network of community resources, serving as a catalyst to convene service providers and drive public advocacy around Early Childhood, Health, and Academic Supports & Student Engagement.

    Of the 11,000 children born in the two-county area each year, nearly 4,000 are born into poverty, a disproportionate number of whom are ethnic minorities. These children are likely to begin kindergarten unprepared and will never catch up to their more affluent peers. With the intention of closing this achievement gap, Building Bright Futures established its four primary goals:

    • Improve academic achievement,
    • Increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for work or postsecondary education,
    • Provide postsecondary educational opportunities to every economically disadvantaged high school graduate in the Douglas and Sarpy County area, and
    • Increase civic participation and community responsibility.

    In developing its Community Action Plan, BBF incorporated the insights of local task forces and community forums, resulting in the following 15 recommendations to get children “ready for learning,” “ready for life,” and “ready for work.”

    1) Increase low-income families’ access to high quality, comprehensive early care and education programs.
    2) Ensure teacher quality, strong curricula, and early identification of impediments to academic achievement.
    3) Provide more time and opportunities for learning.
    4) Improve school attendance.
    5) Support students through critical academic transitions.
    6) Develop immediate programs for credit rescue and recovery.
    7) Increase access to healthcare coverage.
    8) Support healthy development through developmental screening and prevention.
    9) Increase access to behavioral health services in schools and communities for all children from infancy through age 18.
    10) Equip families to support healthy child development.
    11) Promote more mentoring relationships.
    12) Expand enrollment in after-school programs.
    13) Emphasize early career awareness and career planning.
    14) Strengthen career and technical education and work opportunities.
    15) Develop programs to bridge the transition from high school to post-secondary education and training.

    BBF focuses on three program areas:

    EARLY CHILDHOOD –supports teen parents in school and those who have dropped out of school through a “Teen & Young Parent Program,” as well as early childcare providers and children at childcare centers through a “Network of Excellence.”

    BUILDING HEALTHY FUTURES – supports youth at risk of being unsuccessful due to a lack of access to quality health care and information by providing health care services and referrals to appropriate health care providers. Access to physical, behavioral, and mental health care is critical to a child’s development, impacting a child’s ability to be present in school and, therefore, touches all other aspects of academic achievement.

    ACADEMIC SUPPORTS & STUDENT ENGAGEMENT – encompasses two ideas: students must be in school to demonstrate achievement, and students must have access to supports both in school and out of school. This includes:
    ° Student Engagement, Attendance & Service Learning - identifies and assists students with chronic absenteeism to stay in school by addressing the issues tied to absenteeism.
    ° Mentoring - links at-risk youth with a significant adult; builds a pool of diverse mentors to serve a diverse student population through Midlands Mentoring Partnership.
    ° After School - connects at-risk middle school youth with out-of-school activities that support improved academic achievement, enhancing relevancy and engagement, in collaboration with local provider partners.
    ° Academic Supports & Re-Engagement – provides supports/interventions essential for building the academic foundation for nontraditional students to be successful in high school and in career preparation. BBF’s re-engagement center – The D2 Center | Directions Diploma – serves disengaged and out-of-school youth ages 15-20, providing opportunities for re-engagement in an educational program.

  • History:
  • BBF’s 2008 Community Action Plan was based on extensive research and community dialogue around the pivotal issue of poverty in Douglas & Sarpy Counties. This Action Plan cited the enormous implications of poverty on child development, academic achievement, and life success, and proposed that a strong, collaborative system of community-wide interventions can make a significant difference in the lives of youth. BBF program activities during the past year are highlighted below.


    BBF’s Early Childhood Services (ECS) “Teen & Young Parent Program” served 500 teen & young adults (moms & dads); and 400 children of the teen & young parents received needed support to enter school on par with their peers. Another 73 teens who were expecting babies had access to needed prenatal support services and were on track to graduate high school. The ECS “Network of Excellence” reached 600 youth from low-income families, and 113 early childcare providers received professional development to increase the quality of their care in eight private childcare centers.


    Through thoughtful collaboration and advocacy, BBF and BHF have convened the community’s medical, dental, and mental health providers to address the diverse needs of underserved children in Omaha. To that end, seven School-Based Health Centers were established in collaboration with OneWorld Community Health Centers and Charles Drew Health Center, two federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Omaha, and Omaha Public Schools (inner city school district). Since opening August 2010, the SBHCs enrolled 28,645 of 34,802 eligible students, and provided health care to 4,313 students during 6,640 medical visits during the two-year period. Of those served, 25% were uninsured, and 60% were enrolled in Medicaid, a striking figure compared to the overall state enrollment of 33%. More than 70% of students served were African American or Hispanic, and 78% were 5-15 years of age.

    Additional efforts for expanding the scope of services within the SBHCs led to the addition of Child Psychiatrists and Mental Health Intake Facilitators to address the mental health needs of children living in poverty, and the creation of the Child Oral Health Collaborative. Focused on improving oral health outcomes for communities experiencing multiple barriers to dental care, the Child Oral Health Collaborative includes the dental community’s decision-makers and leaders as they work to strengthen referral networks and create a safety net for underserved youth.


    Support provided to students, both in school and out of school, included the following:

    ° Student Engagement, Attendance & Service Learning – The UNO-BBF Attendance Collaborative impacted 17,726 students through activities designed to address chronic absenteeism. Training was completed by 83 K-16 faculty to integrate service learning experiences into the curriculum, and 72 service learning projects were implemented with 2,319 K-12 and 806 UNO students. A Math Teacher Assistant (MTA) Program provided support from 20 UNO student MTAs, impacting 1,400 students in eight middle schools.

    ° Mentoring – Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is a collective impact organization having 12 member agencies and 40+ Associate Partner agencies. With 2,042 mentor-mentee matches, MMP seeks to increase the number and quality of mentoring programs in Douglas & Sarpy Counties.

    ° After School – Through the Middle School Learning Center Initiative, Collective for Youth (CFY) utilized five community agencies in seven OPS middle schools, providing daily academic & enrichment programs after school for 2,200 at-risk youth.

    ° Academic Supports & Re-Engagement - The D2 Center | Directions Diploma (BBF’s re-engagement center) served 101 disengaged & out-of-school youth ages 15-20 years by providing 18 Youth Academic Navigators from seven agencies who worked with youth through the D2 Center, including 36 youth on probation and 19 youth enrolled in the BBF ECS Teen & Young Parent Program. Nebraska Career Connections was used by 1,000 students for career exploration.


    BBF partnered with United Way, Sherwood Foundation, Avenue Scholars, and community partners to develop a comprehensive community data management system utilizing nFocus, providing one source of information about youth served.

  • Year established:2006
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:8


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
  • Tax ID:26-0436138

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:260436138
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  • Organization Address:7101 MERCY RD STE 240
  • Organization City:OMAHA
  • Organization State:NE
  • Organization Zip:68106-2643
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 2008
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B99
  • Asset Amount:$170,120
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:41:16 pm

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