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    March Monthly Program

    March 26, 2019
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    1258 S. 13th St.
    Omaha, NE 68108

    If you want to change the world, start in your own backyard.

    High school friends Mike Smith and Andrew Norman have built significant followings from scratch by sharing their passions of skateboarding, music and art — and empowering young people to use their passions to create their own revolutions. Now as partners in Rabble Mill (a nonprofit organization that brought Hear Nebraska, The Bay and Skate for Change together), they are creating more skilled, supported, connected communities through education, outreach and storytelling across subcultures.

    Both Mike and Andrew are in-demand speakers and they'll be sharing the stage together for the first time ever at this PRSA Nebraska lunch! Come learn how their innovative, digitally-based platforms are igniting a fire within youth across the globe. All attendees will also receive a free copy of their book, Legacy vs. Likes.

    About the Speakers

    Mike Smith
    Mike grew up in a small, rural farm town in western Nebraska: human population 2,000, cattle population 100,000 and counting. He was a kid who was into skateboarding, music, art, sports — pretty much anything that wasn’t school. But unfortunately, his small town was more than three hours away from the closest skatepark, concert venue or arts space.

    Growing up where kids lacked these kinds of alternative outlets, Mike was always drawn to the idea of creating a place that impacted kids’ lives. Fast forward to today and he’s the co-founder of non-profit, Rabble Mill, that’s working to end generational poverty one young person at a time by empowering kids to discover their passions and build life and professional skills through those very things Mike grew up loving: skateboarding, music and art.

    One of Rabble Mill’s programs is The Bay, a 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Lincoln, Nebraska, that’s home to a skatepark, coffee bar, all-ages concert venue and an art collective — in addition to doing life-changing outreach work for kids and families.

    Another program under Rabble Mill created by Mike is Skate for Change, a global network of skateboarders (72 chapters across seven countries and 28 states) dedicated to empowering youth to use their skateboards to better their communities, often as simple as gathering socks and water and distributing them to those experiencing homelessness in their community.

    Outside of his non-profit work, Mike and his friends have launched a career education platform called Find Your Grind (FYG) that exposes and educates both students and teachers to emerging career possibilities. Mike firmly believes that we need to stop asking kids what they want to be and start showing them the possibilities of who they can be — and FYG aims to do just that.

    On top of all this, Mike is a brand ambassador; the host of his own online show for schools (The Harbor by Jostens); an author (see Legacy Vs. Likes); and a renowned youth, college, and corporate speaker (see Mike Smith Live) that’s made it his life’s mission to inspire and empower those around him to live their passions and lead by example.

    Andrew Norman
    A fourth-generation Nebraskan, Andrew was born in Grant and raised in Imperial. He earned his Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Master's in environmental journalism from Michigan State University. He previously served as m
    anaging editor of Omaha alternative newsweeklies Omaha City Weekly and The Reader, as well as senior copywriter and associate creative director at digital agencies Thought District and Phenomblue, respectively.

    Andrew Norman co-founded Hear Nebraska in 2010 with his wife Angie. Its mission: meaningfully connect and engage fans, artists and communities through music journalism, education and events. For eight years, Hear Nebraska did just that, documenting Nebraska’s rich music history through 4,300 written features, 30,000 photos and 315 videos, along with a two-hour weekly radio show called Hear Nebraska FM on 89.3 KZUM and three compilation records. It took Nebraska’s best bands from all genres to 30 small towns statewide during four Good Living Tours, along with running multiple concert series in Omaha and Lincoln, and the Lincoln Calling music festival in 2016 - 2017. All told, Hear Nebraska produced 290 concerts and invested more than $200,000 to 400 original Nebraska bands and another $150,000 to local production companies. Hear Nebraska’s ethos and mission now fuel The Bay’s youth-focused music programming efforts a longer-game effort to build a stronger future music industry through versatile, collaborative, industry-experienced young people.

    Andrew and Mike co-founded and co-run Rabble Mill, and they co-wrote Legacy Vs. Likes. Andrew runs a small copywriting company called Snakebite Medicine, serves on the legislative committee of Nebraskans for the Arts, and lives in Omaha’s Benson neighborhood with Angie and their four-year-old son, Townes. Fun fact: he used to play bass and sing in punk bands that performed in the space that is now OutrSpaces!


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