6th Annual Mentoring Awareness Luncheon Recap

The luncheon had over 400 attendees

The luncheon had over 400 attendees

MMP CEO, Deborah Neary


Dr. Tom Osborne and Dr. Kent Pekel


Mentors, program providers, business leaders and elected officials arrived at the CenturyLink on August 3rd for MMP’s 6th Annual Mentoring Awareness Luncheon. All of the guests in the audience attended the event with one goal—to celebrate the best of youth mentoring in the Omaha community.  KETV News Watch Seven First News anchor John Oakey served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

Midlands Mentoring Partnership gave out two awards—2015 Mentor of the Year and 2015 Business Advocate of the Year. The Mentor of the Year award honors individuals that are committed to helping young people achieve their potential through mentoring. MMP looks for mentors whose exceptional commitment and dedication have changed the lives of the youth they serve. This year’s award was given to Amy Nelson—a mentor with Kent Bellows Mentoring Program at Joslyn Art Museum.  Check out the video on why Amy was nominated here.

The Business Advocate of the Year award honors a business that is committed to helping young people achieve their potential through mentoring. MMP looks for businesses that serve as committed advocates for the mentoring movement by sponsoring mentoring programs, encouraging their employees to volunteer as mentors, donating funds to mentoring, and supporting mentoring causes. This year’s award was given to Creighton University. Click here to see why Creighton University was chosen.

MMP’s luncheon included a message from Dr. Tom Osborne, Founder of TeamMates Mentoring Program and board member for MENTOR on the importance and purpose of mentoring partnerships. Attendees were then treated to the powerful message from Dr. Kent Pekel, CEO of the Search Institute who served as the event’s keynote speaker. Dr. Pekel spoke about how to utilize and leverage positive adult relationships to transform young people’s development and success.

MMP staff members are grateful to all of the attendees that were able to make it to this year’s luncheon. If you are interested in learning more about Midlands Mentoring Partnership, check us out here.




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