Excellence in Mentoring Awards

MENTOR Nebraska’s Excellence in Mentoring Awards are an opportunity to celebrate Nebraska's champions of mentoring! This yearly virtual event, open to all, serves as a recognition ceremony that celebrates the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations dedicated to empowering young people and advancing the youth mentoring sector in Nebraska.

2024 EIM Awards

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
12:30 - 1 PM CT

Watch the 2024 EIM Awards Show!

The EIM Awards are presented in these four categories:

  • Young Leader of the Year: Recognizes a young person (8-24 years old) who is involved in a mentoring program and has demonstrated service to their community and great leadership potential. The Young Leader of the Year recipient receives a $500 scholarship.
  • Mentor of the Year: Honors an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring by helping a young person reach their full potential.
  • Mentoring Practitioner of the Year: Celebrates a mentoring practitioner who has made tremendous contributions to young people and the mentoring field.
  • Mentoring Advocate of the Year: Recognizes a foundation, company, organization, or individual who has made a significant impact on young people by using their influence and public platform to support mentoring opportunities or mentoring initiatives.

2024 Honorees

Past EIM Awards Honorees

2023 Honorees

2022 Honorees

2021 Honorees










  • Mentor of the Year: Elaine Bankey, Nominated by TeamMates
  • Business Advocate of the Year: Kutak Rock, Nominated by Partnership 4 Kids


  • Mentor of the Year: Don Bend, Nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

2024 EIM Awards Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors - $10,000

James and Jacquelyn Clough Foundation

Gold Sponsors - $5,000

Annette and Paul Smith

Silver Sponsors - $3,000

Bland Cares Foundation
Kutak Rock
Mutual of Omaha
Omaha Public Power District

Bronze Sponsors - $1,000

Matthew and Laura Enenbach
Julie and Dave Hefflinger
Baird Holm
McGrath North
Kari O'Neill Potts and Tre Brashear
Fraser Stryker
Metropolitan Utilities District

In-Kind Sponsors

Lamar Advertising

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Nominate a Champion of Mentoring!

Nominations for the 2025 EIM Awards will be open from November 2024 to January 2025.