Recent Posts by Teresa Riesberg

Combatting White Saviorism

Mentoring relationships and programs have the power to reproduce or reduce racial and economic inequality. They also have a moral obligation to do no harm to the youth and families being served. To create space for an open conversation on how to combat white saviorism, MENTOR Nebraska and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands…
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Black Youth Town Hall

To support young people through recent racial tensions and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, MENTOR Nebraska hosted a youth-led Black Youth Town Hall on June 30. The presenting panel included Marqis Nunn (19), Londell Avant (17), Michaela Atkins (19), and Josie Kantaras (19), all of whom are extremely involved in the Omaha community and…
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MENTOR’S STATEMENT ON RACIAL VIOLENCE

There are no perfect words to capture grief and anger, but there are simple ones we must use as our guide: Be there for and with our young people. The recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd — and far too many others whose names we may not know — are urgent reminders…
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2020 Business of the Year

Every year, MENTOR Nebraska recognizes outstanding leaders in the mentoring sector at our Annual Mentoring Luncheon. Although this year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to elevate the award recipients who are going above and beyond to make a difference through mentoring. MENTOR Nebraska is proud to recognize the University…
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2020 Mentor of the Year

Although the Annual Mentoring Summit & Luncheon scheduled for April 1 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MENTOR Nebraska would like to recognize the award recipients who are going above and beyond in the mentoring sector. We are proud to recognize Erica McGruder as the 2020 Mentor of the Year.  Erica has been a…
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2020 Mentoring Summit & Luncheon Update

Thank you for all the ways you support the work of MENTOR Nebraska. Those familiar with us know our vision is to serve the most vulnerable youth in our state – whether they are refugees, have experience within the juvenile justice system, or are youth living in poverty – by helping them form supportive, healthy…
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Submit a Nomination for the Young Black & Influential Mentor of the Year

The Young Black & Influential Mentor of the Year award honors a Black Influencer who is committed to helping young people achieve their potential through formal mentoring. This award sponsored by MENTOR Nebraska in partnership with Young Black & Influential Omaha, looks for mentors whose exceptional commitment and dedication have changed the lives of Black…
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SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE WAKE OF VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA

Episodes of violence and trauma in young people’s communities, especially those that arise from a place of systemic inequality, prejudice and racism, impact young people’s lives in a variety of ways. Mentors are uniquely positioned to help young people process these experiences by providing a space to express their emotions, ask for help, and channel…
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The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition

September 2015 marked the much anticipated release of The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition (EEP). A publication of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the EEP details research-informed and practitioner-approved standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships. There are six standards that are evidence-based and intended to be…
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