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 2021-2022 school year, and all students will attend classes free of charge. Student participant numbers will be capped at 12 for this year's classes.

We will provide a desktop or laptop computer to any child who is admitted to Guided by Kids 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 approximately 20 times on a weekly basis (with one break in late February, early March) and will begin classwork this year in person, masked, at Sump Memorial Library in Papillion, on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 and Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. Each class session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. and will be  on Thursday evenings thereafter.  Sump Memorial Library is located at 222 N. Jefferson, Papillion, NE 68046


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. Both instructors, Fred Robertson and Payton Shudak, are fully vaccinated, and will be masked for all classes until conditions change.