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Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) provides leadership development, skills training, research and organizing support to people from diverse faith traditions, racial and ethnic origins, and socio-economic backgrounds from across the Omaha metropolitan area so they can be effective agents of positive change in their communities.

IPL provides training and support to refugees from Asia and Africa, immigrants from Latin America, parents of children in public schools; and to leaders of congregations and community organizations affiliated with Omaha Together One Community (OTOC).

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Over 220 Donors raise $31,000 for IPL during OmahaGives 2017

Tom and Margaret Hoarty  opened their gracious Country Club home for IPL’s annual fundraiser held in conjunction with Omaha Gives!, the 24-hour community giving day. Over 100 people dropped by for food, drink and conversation with others who are working to make Omaha a more just community. Refugee cooks prepared great food, many contributed their […]

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IPL working with community leaders to put reasonable limits Pay Day Lending

IPL is working with leaders of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC), the Women’s Fund, Nebraska Appleseed, Voices for Children and others to educate members of the public and the Unicameral about the impact that Pay Day Lending has on working families. Pay Day Lenders are currently allowed to charge interest and fees reaching 461% APR […]

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Leadership training with:


Mohamed Hassan

Bringing Issues to Legislators

"Through the New American Civic Academy I learned so many things. It was 100% helpful because I learned about our city, state and federal system. I learned how to talk to legislators about the different kinds of issues in our community. I would recommend it to other leaders in our refugee communities." — Mohamed Hassan refugee from Somalia, leader of the Somali Bantu community and father

Discovering Resources

"By coming to Refugee Women Leadership I learned how the levels of government work in Omaha and Nebraska. I learned about where to go for help depending on what I am having problem with. I also learned about school districts, especially how they are divided, and that a child goes to a certain school and district depending on his or her location, or what he or she wants to study." — Ndaizeye Immaculee refugee from Burundi and mother of a small child

Gloria Austerberry

Improving Omaha's Housing

"Training I received through the Institute for Public Leadership has helped me succeed as a Co-chair of OTOC's Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Action Team. I learned to seek out others who share my passion for improving Omaha's quality of housing for all. I also learned how important it is to our effectiveness to reflect on and evaluate our actions and meetings of various kinds." — Gloria Austerberry Co-chair of the Housing Action Team for OTOC

Laurie Gift

Learning to Lead

"A spark was ignited in me when I attended my first training session and heard that our collective power is a good thing which we can utilize to shape policy set by our elected officials. My eyes got big, my heart began to race, and I thought to myself: Wow – this is where I want to be! I attended more training sessions and eventually became the Chairperson of OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team. IPL’s trainer and OTOC leaders have provided guidance, education and encouragement while I was learning to become a leader. They remain by my side and are available when I need help. For me, this training played a key role in my becoming involved with OTOC and remains so to this day." — Laurie Gift Co-Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Action Team for OTOC

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