+ In 2015 The BAY received the highest award from the Lincoln Homeless Coalition for “Their work in supporting young people”

+ In 2017 The BAY was voted the “Non Profit of the Year” by Lincoln Journal Star readers

Resource Team

The BAY staff are able to make connections with the thousands of people that access the spaces on a daily bases. These genuine relationships allow our staff to assess situations and help individuals in an effect way. Our resource team has immediate access to hygiene items, food boxes, and connections to housing, employment, and other services

All-Access Passes in the Lincoln Public Schools

All-Access Passes

The BAY distributes 112 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.

Sex-Trafficking Intervention

The BAY Lincoln staff’s Lincoln’s only full-time outreach director focusing on sex trafficking intervention and prevention. This process involves supporting immediate needs, establishing stable housing, and employability. Our spaces allow for peer-based connections and assessment of situations.

Food Boxes handed out every year

Food Distribution

Once a month, The BAY partners with The Food Bank of Lincoln to hand out food to over 200 neighborhood families. Volunteer today by emailing us at info@the-bay.org!


Starting in late 2017, the Coffee Bar at The BAY will provide a six-month culinary job-training program for at-risk youth and victims of sex-trafficking and domestic violence. The digital art space (set to be completed in 2018) will also be based around job-training components in video, photo, event editorial, web, and graphic design.

Community Cups handed out each month

Community Cup

Just like every space, we want to make sure everyone can access it. For just $1 you can: buy a token for a cup of coffee, leave it at the Coffee Bar, and provide hot coffee for someone who can’t afford it. Any extra donations go directly to our job-training and culinary programs at the Coffee Bar.


We partner with local mentoring groups to provide mentors for young people at The BAY. This partnership allows us to efficiently pair young people from The BAY with volunteer mentors from The BAY Lincoln community.

Skate For Change

Skate for Change is an international non-profit that started in Lincoln Nebraska by BAY founders. Skate for Change is a group of skaters who skate downtown and assist and befriend the homeless. Stay tuned for our next outing by following @Skateforchangelincoln on Instagram.