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State of Mentoring in Lincoln

The Lincoln Youth Mentoring Coalition released its 2021 State of Mentoring Report, the first of its kind for Lincoln and Lancaster County. The report, made possible by a grant from Community Health Endowment, was generated by the Coalition by conducting surveys, collecting data, and acquiring feedback from stakeholders to “map” the mentoring happening in Lincoln…
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Dr. Anne Hobbs Named Mentoring Advocate of the Year

MENTOR Nebraska, a member organization elevating the mentoring movement across Nebraska, celebrated Nebraska’s champions of mentoring at the 11th Annual Excellence in Mentoring Awards on April 22, 2021. This year’s virtual event recognized individuals and organizations that have made tremendous contributions to young people and the mentoring field in Nebraska.   Dr. Anne Hobbs, Director…
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Celebrating Marian Martinez’s Legacy

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we want to celebrate a mentor, activist, and community leader who dedicated her life to improving the lives of everyone around her. Marian Martinez was a longtime advocate for the Latino community in Omaha. Prior to her passing in 2015, Marian was a committed advocate for Latino youth and their families.…
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MENTOR Nebraska Announces New Partnerships

https://vimeo.com/497770918 MENTOR Nebraska, an organization that advocates for youth mentoring and the activities of its member agencies, is celebrating National Mentoring Month this January by launching its 8th annual mentor recruitment campaign. The local campaign is aligned with a national campaign led by MENTOR National, a nonprofit that serves as an advocate and resource for…
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MENTOR NEBRASKA NAMES MELISSA MAYO AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MENTOR Nebraska’s Board of Directors announced today that Melissa Mayo has been appointed the new Executive Director of the nonprofit devoted to strengthening and advocating for youth mentoring in Nebraska. “While Melissa has served as MENTOR Nebraska’s Interim Executive Director over the last three months, our organization and community have also had an opportunity to…
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Providing Food to Families

Omaha's mentoring sector is teaming up with Omaha Public Schools, Food Bank for the Heartland, and the Omaha Police Department to distribute food packages to families in need. We are looking for volunteers to help assemble food packages and distribute them through a drive-up process where families pull up and volunteers load their car with…
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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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