What we're about

Young Omahans of Color is a group for diverse young people in Omaha, NE.

Join us for social events, volunteer opportunities, and civic engagement opportunities. Whether you’re a Native Omahan or a transplant we are sure you’ll find your fit amongst us. If you are interested in hosting an event please share with Melissa Polendo.

Young Omahans of Color is an inclusive group that chooses not to center activities on the interests and experiences of non-POC people. While non-POC people are welcome trolls are not. If the existence of this group in any way offends you please know that is not our intention but we don't really care.

Message from organizer Melissa:

My goal in life is to help myself and people around me reach their full potential and heighten self-awareness. There are many outside influences that work to drag us down. My hope for the group is to give my peers a safe space to be free. Free conversation, social events and whatever else comes from it. I really like Mariena's message to members and her reason for creating the group so I plan on staying true to that. I hope that as we create events more people come we create a strong bond!

Message from founding organizer Mariena the founding organizer:

"As we go through the stages of life, from high-school to college to career, we tend to notice less and less people who look like us. Why is this important? Because while meeting people of all kinds is beneficial, there is something comforting about looking around and seeing your reflection. Sometimes it is the only way to free ourselves of all the stereotypes that sit like elephants in room as we are, once again, the only Black person, or Mexican, or really anything but White.

I work in Corporate America, around people who have degrees in physics, computer science, or math, like me. Not a lot of people of color enter those fields. This group is for people that understand what I mean when I say that you can sit in a room of twenty friendly faces and still feel a little isolated.

There are endless things to do in Omaha that we often do not experience because we are afraid of that same feeling. Let’s go out, do those things together, and enjoy each other’s company. There is nothing to lose and great friendships to gain. Come on out!"

Past events (96)

African Cultural Festival

Stinson Park

Native Omaha Days Festival (No Host Event)

Needs a location

Dinner at Inner Rail Food Hall

Inner Rail Food Hall

Omaha Freedom Festival

Malcolm X Historical Marker

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