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.
***Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization: assure that landlords improve substandard rental housing to make it safe and habitable.
***Predatory Lending: assure that Pay Day Lending businesses stop putting low income working families in a "debt trap."
***Immigrant and Refugees--assure fair treatment of immigrants and refugees including some permanent status for Dreamers and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
***Environmental Sustainability: working for local and national policies to reverse climate change.
***Mental Health: identifying and reducing the existing gaps in our behavioral health care system, especially for those who cycle in and out of jail and prison due to their mental health.
***Health Care for All: working to pass a referendum to expand Medicaid in Nebraska so that the working poor have access to affordable health insurance.
***Renters Rights & Responsibilities: working with refugee leaders to teach their communities about their Rights and Responsibilities as tenants.
"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!"
Charles Gould, Leader for the Housing Action Team for OTOC
"Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about organizing. I got to go to a national training this year where I learned the value of sharing the principles of organizing. I'm glad to be a part of an organization that is building community in a meaningful way by teaching those leadership skills."
Your donation will go twice as far thanks to our board and some generous donors who will match the first $15,000 given to IPL!