Our Youth

Making Voices Heard

Eight years ago, Nebraska Writers Collective Executive Director Matt Mason brought the idea of a slam poetry festival to Omaha. Modeled after a similar event in Chicago, the Great Plains chapter of Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) started in the spring of 2012 with teams from 13 schools. Currently, more […]

Leading by Example

Everyone has natural talents and abilities. Sixteen-year-old Abby Stilley happens to have many. On the surface, it may seem like the activities she’s involved in aren’t connected: Sunday school teacher and youth group leader at her church, member of the tech team and film club at Elkhorn High School, cook […]

Small Entrepreneurs, Big Ideas

The first ever Omaha Children’s Business Fair held in October at Kaneko downtown was a huge success. With 48 booths, 89 participants and roughly 500 people in attendance, more than $5,000 was earned by the young entrepreneurs. The Blue Pomegranate Gallery was also able to raise more than $1,200 in […]

Setting the Stage for Growth

Three years ago when Elkhorn South High School sophomore Greg Cross took on his Eagle Scout project, little did he know it was the start of something big. As a player for Elkhorn Soccer Club (ESC), he decided to raise money to improve the club’s facility at the James P. […]

Shining Bright

Edge Magazine’s first “Our Youth” column started in 2017, and the first feature was Cale Ferrin. Cale stole our hearts with his larger than life personality that serves him well as he fights the disease Fanconi Anemia. But it certainly hasn’t stopped him to pursue his passion for acting. Edge […]

Living in the Moment

Ethan Chilton is a typical 14-year-old who loves playing baseball and fishing for large-mouth bass at his favorite neighborhood pond. But not so typical is his passion for spending time with ageing adults, specifically ones who struggle with memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Last year Ethan spent 100 hours volunteering his […]

Philanthropic Spirit

Teaching children to give back to their community is something that parents strive for. Often that spirit of giving isn’t realized until a child becomes an adult themselves. But 12-year-old Riley Deitloff comes by it naturally. Her grandmother had a career as a social worker, and her mother a guild […]

Leading the Way

Caroline Gomel, Age 16   Life has a way of opening new doors when others close. For sixteen-year-old Caroline Gomel, she worried that when she stopped showing horses competitively, she wouldn’t be able to be around them anymore. But that changed when a friend told her about the Heartland Equine […]

Racing to the Top

Most five-year-olds aren’t experts in much besides playing, napping, and occasionally being mischievous. But when Joseph Mather was that age, he achieved expert status in his age group as a BMX bike racer. And at age six, he became number one in both Nationals and Worlds, beating 53 other six-year-olds […]

A caring ‘sole’

When Lilly Maddox turned 9-years-old, her parents opened up their home for foster care. To Lilly’s surprise, some of the kids arrived without shoes. Wanting to help other kids who might not have shoes, she decided instead of receiving presents for her birthday, she wanted her friends and family to […]