Youth Outreach and Education

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Programs and Activities

For K-8th grade girls and boys | June-July 2022  | Download PDF Flyer


Babysitting 101
Fri June 3 | 9-11:30 am | Ages 10+ | $30
Are you ready to Babysit? This class will prepare you to make good decisions, solve problems, and handle emergencies that may come up while babysitting.
Instructor – Amber Price

Monster Mania
M-W   June 6-8 | 9-11 am | ages 4-6  | $40
Monsters and music and more… OH MY!
Instructor – Mandy Evans

The Breakfast Club
M-TH June 6-9 | 1-3 pm | ages 8+ | $40
This class will be making different types of breakfast food throughout the week.
Instructor – Amber Price

Ooey Gooey Science
M-TH June 13-16 | 9-11 am | ages 5+ | $40
Get involved with hands-on science experiments, plan to get messy!
Instructor- Laura Stutte

M & TH June 13 & 14 | 1-3 pm | ages 8+ | $25 for 1 day – $50 for both
Learn the basics of pottery and then create a masterpiece.
Instructor – Nancy Fairbanks

Mixed Media
M & TH    June 20-21 | 9-11 am | Ages 8+ | $40
Learn various types of art materials, textures and techniques.
Instructor – Dani Schwinn

Cooking Around the World
M-Th June 20-23 | 1-3 pm | ages 8+ | $40
Learn to cook dishes from around the world!
Instructor- Emma Baker

Barnyard Friends
M-W June 27-29 | 9-11 am | ages 4-6 | $40
We will be exploring barnyard themed activities with our friends.
Instructor- Mandy Evans

Little Aprons
M-Th June 27-30  | 1-3 pm | ages 5-7 | $40
We will make snacks and treats that are simple to do with little to no heat!
Instructor- Laura Stutte


Wooden Creations
M-Th July 11-14 | 9 -11 am | ages 8+ | $50
We will make several craft projects each day using wood!
Instructor- Mandy Evans

Marvelous Masterpieces
M-Th July 11-14 | 1-3 pm | ages 5-7 | $50
Let’s create art masterpieces each day doing several different types of art using different mediums.
Instructor- Mandy Evans

Glass Etching
M-Th July 18-21 | 9-11 am  OR 1-3 pm | ages 8+ | $40
Master the art of etching artwork onto glass in this fun and challenging class.
Instructor- Larry Roberts

M-W July 25-27 | 9-11 am | ages 4-6 | $40
We will open our magical treasure trunk to reveal the project of the day!
Instructor- Laura Stutte

The Cookie Rookie
M-Th July 25-28 | 1-3 pm | ages 8+ | $40
Learn to bake and decorate cookies with different finishing touches!
Instructor- Kate Hemje

Call to register for classes: 402-462-8821. Hours: 9am- 4pm, Monday – Friday.
Class cost for non-members is an additional $10 per class. No refunds, scholarships available.

Strong youth leadership is an investment in the future of Hastings. Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) was developed from a HHS Youth Leadership Capacity Building Grant in 2000. Former Hastings Mayor Rick Sheehy and Cindy Strasheim, both graduates of Leadership Hastings, saw a need for a continuum of community leadership from 9th-12th grade. The YLA program works to enhance the knowledge and leadership skills of area high school students by motivating and empowering them to be committed to their community.

The YLA program provides an interactive, hands-on experience in which students focus on developing leadership skills and a life-long commitment to community service. Students have the opportunity to meet with community leaders from all areas of society and learn firsthand how youth leadership can make a difference.

All of the Hastings area High Schools are included: Hastings High School, St. Cecilia High School and Adams Central High School.

What Makes a Qualified Candidate?

To qualify for the Youth Leadership Academy program, a student must:

  • Be entering his or her 9th or 10th grade year of high school
  • Demonstrate an interest in and a potential for leadership
  • Show self-motivation with a willingness to contribute to the group process
  • Commit the time and energy required to participate in the program

Nine Seminars (September-May)
One half day class is scheduled each month of the school year. Each meeting includes a mini session on leadership skills, team-building and community service project planning time where students interact with community leaders.

Graduation in May includes a team report of the project planned and completed during the school year. Those who have completed one year of Youth Leadership Academy can apply for a second year to be an Alumni Leader if they will be in 10th grade.

From the graduates:
The graduates of Youth Leadership Academy sum up the advantages of YLA in three words, Food, Fun, and Friendship! They cooperate with students from other schools and form lifelong friendships as well as becoming official community volunteers. 100% of the graduates say they gained more confidence in self-expression of ideas and were less afraid to interact with adults on community issues involving youth.

group dynamics, team-building, social involvement, creative challenges,
passion and energy to do things for others



YW Girls

3:30 – 5:00 pm
2nd Monday of every Month | $5 a Session


We are here to empower girls to become the best young women they can be! We will focus on kindness, self care, and inner confidence for girls Kindergarten – 5th grade. The topics will change monthly but will be coordinated to develop and practice these skills.

RSVP 1 WEEK BEFORE 402-462-8821

United Way

Girls In Action

Girls in Action is a girls only club that meets at Hastings Middle School every Wednesday. We have about 60 girls from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade join us during their lunch period to discuss important topics, play games, and participate in fun activities.

We cover important topics like healthy relationships, personal hygiene, self-esteem building, relaxation techniques, conflict resolution, and random acts of kindness. By combining difficult topics with fun games and interactive activities, we put Hastings middle school girls in action to succeed.