What’s Up?! September 2019

From the CEO


There is only one Aubrey.

Don’t let her quiet voice and slight stature fool you. This lady gets it done! Organizing, coaching, troubleshooting, and creating new ways to help our students succeed; Aubrey is a huge part of our success.

We know that “Aubs” is one-of-a-kind, but what if she had a team of great volunteers, working alongside her? We could help even more motivated students who trust Lead Up to push them to be their best.

You don’t have to be an educator or have previous experience as a tutor or coach. All you need is your energy, life experience, and a desire to help a young person succeed. We’ll give you training, support and all the tools you need to make a difference.

We have an urgent need for ACT coaches and Math tutors, and over the next few months, a variety of professionals such as Engineers, Scientists, Communications Specialists, marketing pros, Investment Bankers and others to provide instructional support for our current Career 360: Space.

The first step to be a part of amazing Aubrey’s team? Emails: volunteer@leadupne.org.

Julie Allen

Founder and CEO

Notes & News

It was an exciting summer for celebrating human space flight and the tremendous achievements of the Apollo program 50 years ago.

Lead Up believes that the next big leap into the universe will be led by students just like ours, and our current 360, “Space,” provides the opportunity to explore the wide range of careers that will make it happen across disciplines like science, technology, engineering, math, and even related applications within the arts and humanities.

How’s our flight plan going?

  • In early July, Lead Up leaders interviewed Lincoln seniors and archived their perspectives and memories of the Apollo era as a part NASA’s oral history project, Apollo Stories.
  • Later that month, Leaders partnered with History Nebraska to host an all-city Apollo 11 moon landing event, creating fun and engaging activities, games and exhibits to educate and inspire children and families about exploration, science and this important part of our nation’s history.
  • Since school resumed, we’ve been learning more about planetary science and on Saturday evening, October 5, you’ll find our enthusiastic students working alongside astronomers from the Prairie Astronomy Club as hosts of an International Observe the Moon Night star party at the Hyde Memorial Observatory.

 Stay tuned – we’re just getting started!

You’re Coming, Right?

October 18 - Dine Out Night

Granite City |  6150 O Street 

If you’re more “beer and burger” than crafts and pumpkins, you can still get involved in supporting Lead Up this month. Just head over to Granite City Food and Brewery at 6150 O Street on Friday, October 18 for dinner, and a percentage of your check will be donated to Lead Up. How easy is that? And if you love pumpkins too, you’ll still get a little preview as some of the Carve Up creations will be decorating the pub that evening.

October 19 - 2nd Annual Carve Up

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.   –  Gateway Mall


What’s better than a pumpkin? A pumpkin that helps a talented young person realize their potential! 

On Saturday, October 19, you’ll find the amazing pumpkins that do just that at Gateway Mall Center Court from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wander the “patch” of decorated and carved creations, enjoy demonstrations, presentations, take-home crafts, read-alouds and some fun pumpkin-themed games.

This year, we’ll also have college planning resources and information about upcoming career and college opportunities for area high school students.

Come out, get in the Halloween spirit, and vote for your favorite to win “Top Jack.” And don’t forget to follow the event on Facebook for a full activity schedule and event updates.

Questions or more information?  Email admin@leadupne.org.