THE GOAL OF OUR WORK IS TO INSPIRE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE THROUGH POSITIVE ACTIVITIES, POSITIVE ADULTS AND POSITIVE COMMUNITIES.

 

 

 

About

Mission

The work at The BAY is centered on creating opportunities for youth to connect them with positive activities, positive adults and the community. The BAY defines its work in terms of building core values, supportive structures and skill sets in youth. The goal of this strength based work is to nurture resilience, shape competencies, teach tangible career skills, encourage independence, form positive support systems and inspire hope for the future.

Kids need three things: A place to go, something to do, and people who care about them.

— Mike Smith-Founder —

Programs

Our programs are delivered by our team with years of experience and are fueled by a passion for pursuing our mission through innovative and sustainable concepts.

Skate for Change

Skate for Change

Skate For Change was started by The BAY founder, Mike Smith, but it is now carried out by youth all across America. What started as a simple exercise of kindness became a worldwide movement. It’s this simple; You SKATE – You GIVE.

At a Glance
  • You SKATE – You GIVE
  • 109 Chapters Around the World
  • Over 10,000 Skaters Registered
  • A Division of The BAY

The BAY Lincoln

The BAY Lincoln

The BAY Lincoln is our flagship program, and contains safe communities for young people to explore creative passions.
Skate | Art | Music | Coffee | Community

At a Glance
  • Beta-Test Ground for New Innovative Outreach
  • 28000 ft²/2601.30 m² Skatepark
  • All-Ages Concert Venue
  • Coffee Bar

The Harbor

The Harbor

The Harbor is a free educational video resource created for schools by renowned youth speaker, Mike Smith Live.

Each episode of The Harbor will provide students with real perspectives from real people that will help them achieve greater success both in and outside of school by focusing on themes that we feel are not adequately addressed under the standards of today’s educational system.

At a Glance
  • Produced and Distributed In Partnership with Jostens
  • Accessed by 18,000 Schools
  • Estimated 27,000,000 Season Two Viewers
  • Print and Digital Talking Points for Each Episode

9000
Individuals have accessed The BAY since opening
109
Skate for Change chapters around the world - Empowering thousands of young people
72
Episodes of The Harbor TV, shown in thousands of schools across the country
112
Young people with the BAY All-Access Pass
2015
BAY receives Lincoln Homeless Coalition Award
56
Annual empowering BAY events for skaters, artists, and musicians
900
Estimated # of girls The BAY street outreach team has worked to get out of unsafe and exploitative situations
18000
International schools that access The Harbor TV

TEAM

Innovative Dreamers and Do Gooders.

Donate

Info@the-bay.org

402-310-5215

2005 Y Street Lincoln, NE 68503

Contact

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