The Nebraska Human Performance Project work group began November 2015 with all school partnerships in the panhandle. The work group has since expanded to reach schools beyond the panhandle and has quarterly meetings in Alliance, NE. This work group enables coaches, sponsors and administration to work together in creating safer and healthier school. The work group assists with planning and recruiting schools and communities for one youth leadership training each year.
Human Performance Project in Nebraska began in 2011 when John Underwood, Director and Founder of American Athletic Association and Human Performance Project/Life of an Athlete. John’s first visit to Scotts Bluff County and the Panhandle started the change in the landscape for our communities when it comes to underage alcohol use. Mitchell High School was completely sold on Human Performance Project and started the project in their junior and senior high. They have been our model school since that time.
In 2012, several teachers and coaches from Gordon-Rushville High School, Mitchell High School, and Bridgeport High School attended a training at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Those teachers and coaches then brought this project to their school.
Through funding through a block grant with Region 1 Behavioral Health, Monument Prevention Coalition were able to send 15 students, teachers and coaches to Lake Placid in 2014. Those attending the training were from 6 schools in the panhandle. This training helped those at the training in developing the tools for these students to then come back to their schools and lead their schools to implement Human Performance Project. Human Performance Project is a student-led project. During this same timeline, Human Performance Project/Life of an Athlete partnered with the Navy SEALs know as Applied Performance Sciences (APS). With APS joining the TEAM we have the science provided by John Underwood along with the physical fitness and lifestyle choices with the SEALs.
For several years Monument Prevention Coalition was able to send adults and students for training at Lake Placed. However, more wanted this training and in 2016 the decision was made to enable all the opportunity to attend this training, it was more fiscally sound to bring the trainers to Nebraska. The first training was held in Hastings College in Hastings; 2017 the training was held at Chadron State College in Chadron; and in 2018 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. A total of approximately 450 youth and adults were able to attend these trainings and take this knowledge back to their schools.
Region 1 Behavioral Health
Region 4 Behavioral Health
Lancaster Prevention Coalition
Tru Coaching, Garden City, Kansas
Monument Prevention Coalition
Box Butte Family Focus
Sioux/Dawes Family Preservation
Garden County Coalition
Panhandle Partnership Coalition
Western Community Health Resources
North Central District Health Department