The purpose of Guided by Kids is to provide educational opportunity to upper elementary and middle school students from a geographically and socio-economically diverse population in the Omaha area. We will provide educational training in speech, debate, research, and listening skills to students who currently have little chance to receive that kind of instruction and experience. Additionally, we will give our student members an opportunity to identify a community improvement project and complete work on that project.


All students who attend Guided by Kids must be in 5th-8th grade this 2020-2021 school year, and all students will attend classes free of charge. Student participant numbers will be capped at around 20 students, so if more than that number apply, it is possible not all applicants will get into Guided by Kids for this year's classes.

We will provide a desktop or laptop computer to any child who is admitted to Guided by Kids and who does not already have one they are using once they have shown a commitment to attending class regularly and doing work assigned.

Guided by Kids will meet 20 times on a weekly basis (with allowance for time off for Winter Break time in school) and will begin classwork this year via online teaching utilizing Zoom teleconferencing. Each class session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings.  If conditions allow, we hope to be able to meet in-person at the Kroc Center, located at 2825 Y St, Omaha, NE 68107 sometime in 2021. 


Student participants in Guided by Kids will also be expected to work on their speech/debate assignements outside of class time and to communicate with their teachers, Fred Robertson and Payton Shudak, or any other teacher added, if number of students justify an additional hire, via email for extra help and guidance between regular classes. It will be important for students to attend regularly, and for any absences to be reported in advance to Fred Robertson via the contact information he has given.

All teachers and all members of the Board of Directors have or will have (if we make a new hire) background checks completed and our Board of Directors has a policy in place to protect your children’s safety and security.