- Associated Press - Saturday, June 9, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln community center and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are partnering to offer new programming, starting with a nutrition education series.

The university and the Malone Community Center signed a five-year partnership to collaborate resources and programming last month, the Lincoln Journal Star reported .

Deb Mullen, associate dean of education and human sciences for the college, said the agreement formalizes intentions to work together to provide beneficial experiences for both organizations.

Malone will benefit from the college’s resources, including professors, researchers and students. The community center serves Lincoln families through programs aiming to end multigenerational poverty, said Kimberly Goins, Malone’s executive director.

The center works with families that are at or below the poverty line set by the Department of Health and Human Services, Goins said.

“I found myself quite shocked that there was so much poverty (in Lincoln),” she said.

Some of their existing programming includes early childhood education, a high school leadership academy and senior assistance.

The university, in turn, will receive out-of-classroom experiences, such as opportunities for graduate students to facilitate parenting classes or therapy sessions.

The partnership will offer one of its first programs this summer in a seven-week nutrition series.

Mullen and Goins hope the five-year agreement will give the organizations time to develop and expand community programs.

“In my perfect dream,” Mullen said, “the collaboration becomes so strong that people can’t believe there wasn’t a time we were working back and forth sharing ideas and experiences.”


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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