The Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) empowers diverse and emerging communities by developing leaders to act for justice and the common good. IPL is affiliated with Omaha Together One Community (OTOC).

IPL focuses on leaders from diverse faiths, races, and socio-economic backgrounds including refugees and immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America, faith-based and community organizations.

IPL. Investing in People. For the Common Good.

IPL supports the work of these Action Teams of Omaha Together One Community:

***Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Action Team-revitalizing older communities through innovative strategies like the Land Bank, Vacant Property Ordinance and increased funds for demolition. OTOC leaders are now asking City Council to work with them to improve the safety of rental housing in Omaha, including adopting a Rental Property Registration and Inspection Ordinance.

***Predatory Lending Action Team--organizing to convince the Unicameral to put reasonable regulation on Pay Day Lending businesses which currently put many low income working families in a "debt trap" where they pay fees but never pay of the principal. IPL-trained leaders testified at City Council for a resolution that the City of Omaha supports reasonable regulation of this type of lending.

***Immigrant and Refugee Communities Action Team-organizing to support fair treatment of immigrants and refugees such as recent drivers and commercial licenses of qualified immigrant youth. OTOC leaders are now working to assure that Omaha Police Department continues use community policing strategies with immigrant and refugee communities, and not investigate immigration status unless they arrest for a serious crime.

***Environmental Sustainability Action Team-teaching about impact of climate change on our community. OTOC leaders are now working to convince Omaha City Council to end the co-mingling of yard waste and trash in our landfills since that increases the production of climate-changing methane.

***Mental Health Action Team Action Team-working to identify and reduce the existing gaps in our behavioral health care system. They recently testified at Omaha City Council to win unanimous support for the City to support bills making it possible for health professionals to initiate emergency protective orders and to take people with protective orders out of state if there are no mental health care beds available in Nebraska

***Health Care for All Action Team-organizing community support so that working poor have access to affordable health insurance through expanded Medicaid, even if they fall in the coverage gap.

IPL is currently working with refugee leaders to teach refugee communities about their Rights and Responsibilities as tenants.


Gilbertine Nyonzima, Presenter and Interpreter for Refugee Rights and Responsibilities Trainings:
"I am thankful to IPL for funding this education program for new refugees in the US, which teaches tenant and landlord responsibilities in a language he/she understands. I am privileged to help them understand things I was so confused about a couple of years ago. I am glad this program allows me to help my community and get paid to do it."

Greta Carlson, Lutheran Volunteer Corps Organizing Intern:
"I am so thankful to IPL for giving me a job! But this is a lot more than just a job for me. I've truly enjoyed building powerful relationships, learning about the method of social change that IPL teaches and OTOC uses, and practicing skills I can use for the rest of my life no matter what I am doing. This whole year is like a training session for my life!"

Pastor Sergio Amaya:
"I am grateful that IPL and OTOC are helping Omaha get to know our Salvadoran TPS community. We have begun building relationships that will make our community stronger and a better place for us all. Our Salvadoran families are hard working, and most own their homes and have children who are citizens. We need your help to be able to continue to make Omaha our home."