Our Youth

Dedicated to a Dying Art

Not many 14-year-olds take to crocheting, but Riley Teeter, an eighth grader at Papillion Middle School, not only fell in love with the hobby, she turned it into a business. Crochet Ninja offers an online course and kit to help any beginner learn to crochet in just seven days. Edge: […]

Painting a Brighter World

What do two energetic, outgoing, eight-year-old twins do to pass the time? Paint, of course! Ava and Mala Prajapati not only love to paint, their natural ambition led them to create their own YouTube channel so they can teach other kids how to paint. In fact, they’ve channeled their inner […]

Spreading Joy

There are many ways that people connect with one another, but music is one way that spans generations. It’s what led sixteen-year-old Joseph Zhong, a junior at Millard North High School, to start his own music group, the Dreams Quartet, which later expanded into the Joy Group—a volunteer program in […]

Decorating Dreams

Emma Freedman, a junior at Elkhorn South High School, took up baking after a back injury from playing hockey when she was a freshman in high school. Nearly four years later, she has turned her hobby into a business and an art. Today, Emma works at Culinary Kidz, where she […]

Lighting the Way

Sixteen-year-old Nic Bianchi was an entrepreneur even before he knew what the word meant. At age seven, he sketched a logo without knowing that someday it would represent his company. At age 11, he bought novelty items from Oriental Trading, such as slap bracelets, and sold them to students at […]

A Hero for Healthier Pets

When eight-year-old Porter Hinrichs found out his Golden Doodle Auggie had food sensitivities to many store-bought treats, he wanted to do something to help. So he and his mom Melissa found a recipe online to make grain-free, organic dog treats. He set up a stand outside his house and sold […]

A Talent for Tumbling

A particular talent often runs in a family, which happens to be the case for 9-year-old Eliza Turman. Her mother, Kim, was an All-American gymnast at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. After just four years in the sport, the fourth grader from Fire Ridge Elementary has already achieved a Level […]

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 […]