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December 2010 YP Connections: YP Profile

Gerard Wellman

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Name: Gerard Wellman

Company: University of Nebraska - Omaha

Title: Doctoral Candidate/Instructor

What organizations are you involved in? 
Young Professionals Council (Transportation Committee), UNO Sustainability Task Force (Sustainable Transportation Committee), UNO Student Government (Graduate School Senator), Open Door Mission (Volunteer).

Why did you decide to get involved with these organizations?
While still new to the Omaha area, I became involved with the YPC in the fall of 2008 because it offered an opportunity to be a part of advocacy for something I'm passionate about - public transportation. Through the YP Transportation Committee, I have been involved with the 2009 Bus Challenge and 2010's Livable Omaha speaker series. My decision to get involved was fueled by the belief that I am responsible for doing my part to make Omaha a better place. The YPC was a perfect fit for my interests and presented great opportunities for involvement.

What are the benefits of being involved?
Through the YPC, I found many opportunities to impact policy, help foster change, meet with policymakers, and put my interests to work. The YPC has been invaluable at providing me an outlet for my interests, connecting me to my peers, and truly enabling me to be a part of changing Omaha for better. After my first Transportation Committee meeting, I was hooked - partially because I found people who share my passions but mostly because I found people who actually cared enough to give their time and energy to a policy area. Being a part of something larger than myself, and accomplishing things I can't do on my own, has been an extremely rewarding experience.


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