Community Resources in Lancaster County

Lancaster County offers a variety of programs and services for youth in the community. Each one is unique, but they all have one common goal: to provide a safe, resourceful environment for Lancaster County’s youth. Listed are a few examples of Lancaster County community resources for youth below!

Lighthouse—Lincoln, NE

The Lighthouse is an after-school program for middle and high school aged students that focuses on providing youth with a safe location to hang out after school hours. It is open 24 hours a day, though! The Lighthouse offers after school activities like recreational and fitness programs, tutoring and academic support, an afternoon snack plus evening meal, and other fun community activities. The best part: The Lighthouse is completely FREE! There are only three requirements to be eligible to attend the Lighthouse:

  1. You must be currently attending school or working towards your GED
  1. You cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  1. You must respect the staff members, other students, and property of the Lighthouse

Contact: The Lighthouse at (402) 475-3220 or email

Project Everlast—Lincoln, NE

Turning nineteen in the state of Nebraska means officially reaching adulthood. This can be an exciting yet scary milestone in a young adult’s life. For those who were involved in the Nebraska foster care system, nineteen is the year where you “age out” of the system. This can be scary if you feel like you do not know your next step. You might need help figuring out your next move.

Project Everlast is an organization throughout the state of Nebraska that helps youth transition from foster care to adulthood. It is youth-led, and those involved work to provide resources, guidance, connections, and support. Project Everlast offers:

  • Youth voice through the Project Everlast Youth Council to learn public speaking skills so they can advocate for system change, speak to senators and other key decision-makers, and better themselves through access to education and employment.
  • Central Access Navigation services to give youth one point of contact to find all the services they may need
  • Transitional services to assist with housing, health care, living skills, etc.
  • Opportunity Passport program to help youth save money for and purchase assets that are critical to success.
  • Permanency services to connect young people to caring adults from years past so they can build a dependable social network
  • Needs-Based Fund to provide youth with emergency cash when needed

The Bay—Lincoln, NE

The BAY has received quite a bit of recognition in the Lincoln community for working to support young people. The BAY serves as a skate park, a coffee shop, an art gallery, and a music venue. A few services offered by The BAY are:

  • All-Access Passes: these are distributed throughout Lincoln Public Schools through social workers and counselors to allow youth free entry to the skate park, concerts, digital art space, a helpful mentor, and a meal every evening.
  • Food Distribution: The BAY provides groceries the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  It also serves as a Food Site the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:00 – 11:00 am.
  • Mentoring: The BAY pairs with different local groups to provide a mentor for youth.
  • Skate for Change: an international nonprofit that originated in Lincoln by The BAY founders. This group is made up of skaters who skate downtown to assist and provide company and companionship to the homeless.

Check out The BAY’s website here for more details and contact information!

As always, if you have questions about your juvenile record, check out our Juvenile Reentry Flyer

This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-CZ-BX-0021 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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