Grassroots Activism Drives Arlington’s Success with Youth

In this interview, sponsored by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School (, Arlington’s Jeff Hallstrom explains how volunteerism and parental activism make this Nebraska village an elite rural community. The dialogue is spurred by BusinessWeek’s recognition of Arlington as the “second-best” place in America to raise a child. WOWBIZ strives to understand the basis for the award.

Hallstrom explains that Arlington citizens get involved in youth sports even after their own children have graduated out of the renowned school system. He emphasizes how groups and individuals in this Eastern Nebraska village cooperate to foster youth confidence, adult relationships and collective pride. The community exemplifies a benevolent spirit, interdependence and a sense of abundance, according to this expert on youth development and health family life.