The 2017 Pathways Award Luncheon hosted by Concord Mediation Center honored Gene Klein, Executive Director of Project Harmony, who works to help young people who are hurting. As Executive Director of Project Harmony, he has guided Project Harmony to become a national model in responding to child maltreatment
Klein was selected to receive this honor because he demonstrates the qualities of the Pathways Award: Honoring those who have courageously opened their minds and hearts to processes of conflict resolution involving healing, forgiveness, empathy, open communications and/or the ability to bring disparate communities together for the better of all.
Project Harmony is responsible for child abuse investigations and provides forensic interviews and medical examinations. This effort is designed to reduce the anxiety for children reporting their experiences.
Klein earned a degree in social work at Creighton University and his Master’s in Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Klein is the former Chairman of the board of the National Children’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. He serves on Governor Pete Ricketts Commission for the Protection of Children, and selected by the Nebraska Legislature to serve on the Children’s Commission. Previously, he was the regional manager for Family Service of Greater Omaha. He was also awarded the UNO’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Outstanding Community Service Award and the UNO Public Service Award for Outstanding Grassroots Non-Profit Administrator.
Klein is a parent of Papillion La Vista Community Schools graduates as well as a past President for Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation Board of Directors.
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