Phone: (402) 651-1696


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Who We Are

Cultivating character and confidence in young people by providing fun, accessible curriculum that teaches manners and social skills for LIFE.

Courteous Kids was created in 2006 after determining that a love of children, the gift of teaching and a desire to teach hands on life skills affordably to ‘everyday kids” was the mission of its founder, Mary Beth Budz. With the assistance of Creighton Law School, Courteous Kids became a recognized 501C-3 non-profit in October 2013.

The mission of Courteous Kids is to provide fun, interactive curriculum to assist in building social skills for ages 4 thru 19. Courteous Kids is designed to be an affordable resource for both families and organizations. 

According to The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, “there are 4 to 6 million students who are at risk for developing anti-social behaviors. No school can afford to neglect basic etiquette and social skills. Not only can etiquette programs help curb anti-social behavior, but they also teach students the skills they need to be successful in various social milieu.” 

Courteous Kids Educational Partnerships in the Omaha area include:

  • OPS Elementary after school programming (Boyd, Sherman, Howard Kennedy, Bancroft, Gilder, Central Park, Indian Hill, Gomez-Heritage, Spring Lake Magnet)
  • OPS Middle School after school programming (King, MacMillan, Norris, Morton, Nathan Hale, Lewis and Clark Middle School)
  •  Home School Associations • Completely Kids • Partnership 4 Kids • UNO Business College • UNO Student Service Learning Academy Girl’s Incorporated • Great Plains Girl Scout Council • Boys and Girl’s Club • Millard Public Schools • Durham Museum Summer Program • Boy Scouts Mid-America Council • Opera Omaha Cotillion • Collective for Youth • Omaha Schools Foundation • St. Michael’s Kindness Counts Campaign-Albion, NE • Methodist College-Upward Bound Program • Nebraska Teen Tobacco-Free Coalition • Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired • Omaha YMCA’s • Creighton University TRiOs Program

Courteous Kids is a program designed to provide the necessary tools to build young people’s confidence for a variety of social settings and is designed to reinforce what is taught in the home. From deciding which fork to use, to safely navigating social media tools to preparing for a job interview, students learn how to express themselves thoughtfully and respectfully through an interactive, hands-on approach to etiquette that makes it fun to learn and easy to remember for LIFE!

Socially acceptable behavior is discussed and role-played. Activities and crafts are designed to support the lesson. Food is a fundamental part of the Courteous Kids program since most activities are designed to mimic either a family gathering or a formal dinner such as an awards program or similar event. Classes are constructed by age bracket. Classes are offered as a one-time class or as a continuum. Courteous Kids utilizes classrooms available through local churches, community centers and similar venues to keep the programs affordable.Type your paragraph here.