Emerging Mentoring Leaders Institute

MENTOR Nebraska's Emerging Mentoring Leaders Institute (EMLI) is a professional development opportunity for mentoring leaders from new and grassroots programs serving BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ communities. This comprehensive training program provides mentoring leaders with the tools and resources needed to strengthen their organization so they can better support young people through a critical lens.

The first EMLI cohort will launch this June in Lincoln for mentoring leaders in Lancaster County. Applications will be accepted March 1-19, 2023.

A second cohort for Omaha leaders will launch in Fall 2023. More details coming soon!

EMLI Highlights

  • 2 days of in-person training on grant writing, storytelling, board development, nonprofit excellence, and best practices for building youth-centric mentoring relationships
  • A cohort-based peer learning community that meets throughout the year
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to research and resources
  • A learning and collaborative working environment that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds

Our Commitment

MENTOR Nebraska is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion for all. We embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity in advancing awareness of the need for a transformative power of supportive relationships for our young people. We believe that varied perspectives, experiences, and opinions are central assets in our mission to close the mentoring gap.

What to Expect and How to Apply

Who can apply?

The first EMLI cohort is for mentoring leaders who currently work at a youth mentoring program serving BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA2S+ youth in Lancaster County. The mentoring program must:

  • Be new and/or grassroots (In existence for less than 5 years)
  • Be a 501(c) 3 or have a fiscal agent
  • Have a non-discrimination policy

The individual must have high-level decision-making responsibilities related to the mentoring program’s management.

What is expected from participants?
  • This program requires outside reading and homework in addition to attending in-person training.
  • Participants must commit to preparing for and attending ALL scheduled sessions.
Is there a cost?

If accepted into the program, participants will be required to pay a $50 fee to secure their spot.

Participants are required to attend the following events:

Orientation (Virtual)

  • Thursday, June 1 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Networking Social (In-Person)

  • Thursday, June 8 | 4-6 p.m. | Lincoln

Training (In-Person)

  • Day 1: Friday, June 23 | 12-5 p.m. | Lincoln
  • Day 2: Saturday, June 24 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Lincoln
  • Review the application here.
  • The application must be completed in one session. There is not an option to begin and come back.
  • We suggest writing your responses in another document, then copying and pasting them into the online application form.
  • Applications must be submitted by Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 11:59 pm. CT.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CT
Late submissions will not be accepted!


Susie Owens, Director of Strategic Partnerships
402-715-4164 ext. 2  |  Susie@MENTORNebraska.org

Special Thank You to Our 2023 EMLI Funders!

Lincoln Community Foundation

Weitz Family Foundation

Woods Charitable Fund