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A Norfolk, NE non-profit helps youth learn about leadership and respect

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A Norfolk, Nebraska-based non-profit organization that helps youth focus on education, leadership and respect, held a year-end celebration Tuesday, and also recognized their first graduating senior.

The Zone, is based in downtown Norfolk and is a safe place for youth to go after school where they can learn life skills, work on their school assignments and build relationships.

The Zone has faced much adversity over the years, which included a loss of federal funding about three years ago.

Now, the funding is back, thanks to grants and local folks who believe in it‘s mentoring.

Around 36 youth in grades seven thru 12 participate in the after school program.

As part of Tuesday's celebration, each student received a certificate of participation and a number of outstanding leadership awards were also given out.

The Zone will have their first graduating senior this weekend, in Norfolk High graduate Miranda Newman.

Miranda says she started coming to the Zone a number of years ago when her mother became ill.

She says initially it was a way to bring normalcy to her life, but in the end the Zone has made her a better person.

Miranda is now in the top five-percent of her graduating class, her leadership and communication skills have excelled and she says the Zone has made her a completely different person.

Because of the generosity of a Norfolk community member, the Zone was able to provide Miranda with the organization's first scholarship and her photo will be the first placed in the Zone's wall of fame.

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