SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS OF IMPACT HAPPEN HERE

The Bay is a home for misfits in Lincoln, Neb — a safe place to go, people who care, and something to do. Our programs aim to help young people dream bigger.

The Bay is a home for misfits in Lincoln, Neb — a safe place to go, people who care, and something to do. A 501c3 nonprofit, The Bay was founded in 2010 by Mike Smith and on Dec. 31, 2017 became a program of Rabble Mill through a merger with Hear Nebraska. Its programs aim to help young people dream bigger.

The Bay’s professional staff applies innovation and constant evolution to best practices, building authentic relationships and programs dedicated to most-effectively engaging youth — particularly those marginalized due to income or other socioeconomic factors. Open till midnight on weekends and 10 p.m weekdays, The Bay offers a safe place when young people really need it.

In a 20,000-square-foot warehouse in Lincoln, Nebraska’s Clinton Neighborhood (2005 Y St.), The Bay features:

  • the state’s only public, indoor skatepark
  • digital art/media lab
  • all-ages performance venue
  • community meeting spaces, and an emergency pantry
  • Goldenrod Cafe

Mission
We provide economically and culturally disadvantaged youth with the belonging and purpose they need to grow and reinvest in their community.

Core Values
Dream Differently; Celebrate Each Other; Honor Relationships; Solutions Not Problems; People Over Policy; It’s Supposed To Be Fun.

2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

All-Access Passes

The BAY distributes 149 All-Access Passes throughout the Lincoln Public Schools, through social workers and counselors. These passes allow free entry to the skatepark, concerts, digital art space, a mentor through Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a meal from the Coffee Bar every night starting in 2018.

Meals Served

The BAY served 254 meals to All-Access Pass scholarship recipients.

Safe Space Hours

The Bay hosted 3,120 hours of safe space to the Lincoln community throughout the year.

Events Hosted

The Bay hosted 151 events in 2019 within one of its many spaces.

Event Attendees

The Bay welcomed 4,854 people to events in 2019, including music performances, poetry nights, art openings, skate contests, and more.

Volunteer Hours

The Bay provided 3,600 hours to volunteers and those in need of community service.

Served at Food Bank

The Bay helped to provide meals to 7,040 people by being a distribution site for the Food Bank three times each month.

THE TEAM

Odochi Akwani

Odochi Akwani

Project Coordinator | Rabble Mill

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Noah Appleget

Noah Appleget

Skate Park Staff | The Bay

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Dawson Eldorado

Dawson Eldorado

Skate Instructor | The Bay

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Lauren Farris

Lauren Farris

Arts Manager | The Bay

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Nick Godinez

Nick Godinez

Skate Instructor | The Bay

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Cayleen Green

Cayleen Green

Teaching Artist

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David Hedges

David Hedges

Skate Instructor | The Bay

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Justin Hedgpeth

Justin Hedgpeth

Skate Instructor | The Bay

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Audrey Hertel

Audrey Hertel

Social Media Coordinator | The Bay

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Morgan Kazanjian

Morgan Kazanjian

Development Manager | Rabble Mill

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Aaron Markley

Aaron Markley

Operations Director | Rabble Mill

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Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman

Co-Executive Director & Co-Founder | Rabble Mill

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Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Co-Executive Director & Co-Founder | Rabble Mill

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Mackenzie Zastrow-Speicher

Mackenzie Zastrow-Speicher

Business Manager | Rabble Mill

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair: Jordan Delmundo

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Vice Chair: Jasmine Kingsley

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Secretary: Christina Oldfather

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Treasurer: Jess Paisley

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Kristine Hull

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Stephanie Dinger

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Ashley Hustad 

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Nic Swiercek

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Jon Tvrdik

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Teliza Rodriquez

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Shaun Harner

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*Board meets via phone monthly and in-person quarterly, alternating between Lincoln and Omaha locations* 

*New board members are elected through a board and co-founders vote, after a thorough vetting process*

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