Recent Posts by Teresa Riesberg


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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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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