OMAHA, NEB., , November 23, 2009 — University of Phoenix-Omaha Campus and the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands have teamed together to provide area youth academic and life-skills tutoring and opportunities for further education.

"We strive to expand access to higher education to support Nebraska's future," said Jason Pfaff, campus director for the University of Phoenix-Omaha campus. "Our relationship with the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands offers students both real-time help in their elementary, middle and high schools academic careers and, for several students, the chance to pursue their dream of a college education."

Fred Schott, Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands President and CEO says, "University of Phoenix-Omaha Campus has really helped support our mission, by providing after-school programming to the children that need it most in a safe and positive environment, as well as inspiration for our children to dream about their futures."

The relationship began three years ago with University of Phoenix-Omaha Campus offering five full scholarships to Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands recipients, including students, alumni and parents. Since its inception, the program has since supplied fifteen scholarships for undergraduate and graduate degrees offered by University of Phoenix.

A year ago, University of Phoenix-Omaha Campus expanded the relationship and began a tutoring program for the children at the Boys & Girls Club, staffed by University of Phoenix-Omaha Campus faculty. Aaron Gilson, one of the two faculty members who works with the Boys & Girls Club, goes to the Carter Lake location once a week. He helps students with school subjects including geography, reading and math and also life skills such as finance and banking. "One activity the kids love is playing 'store' with the various items at the center. We have a cash drawer with play money. I bring items to purchase from them and they give me correct change," said Gilson.

"We began reading books in the library, now they read the newspaper and appreciate what is going on in the community. I have seen their confidence increase immensely, a desire to do homework and they show me their grades because they are proud of what they have earned. I know they are grateful for the assistance we give them," Gilson said.

Chad A., an 11-year-old participant said, "I appreciate the help and Mr. Gilson always shows up when he says he is going to."

University of Phoenix plans to continue growing their relationship with the Boys & Girls Club and constantly looks for new ways to nurture the Omaha educational community. "We know that we are impacting the lives of these children and their families. It is a blessing to have such wonderful faculty members willing to support Omaha," said Pfaff.


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About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands have played an integral role in the Metro Community for over 46 years, providing daily programs and services to over 7,655 members each year. Club facilities in North Omaha, South Omaha, Westside, Mount View and Carter Lake, IA and Council Bluffs, IA are open every day after school and evenings with programs that emphasize character and leadership development, the arts, health and life skills, education and career enhancement and sports, fitness and recreation. College graduates, many from the communities served, are trained by the Clubs as youth development professionals and charged with carrying out the mission of "inspiring all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, healthy and caring citizens." For more information, visit


Pilar Perez