Excellence in Mentoring Awards

MENTOR Nebraska is thrilled to honor champions of mentoring with the 2023 Excellence in Mentoring Awards! This free virtual event will honor individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made tremendous contributions to young people and the mentoring field in Nebraska.

2023 Excellence in Mentoring Awards

Wednesday, April 19
12:30-1 p.m. CT
Virtual: Streamed live on Facebook and YouTube

NOMINATE A CHAMPION OF MENTORING!

The Excellence in Mentoring Awards will be presented in the four categories listed below.

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes a young person (8-21 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.

Nominate a Young Leader

MENTOR OF THE YEAR

This award honors an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring by helping a young person reach their full potential.

Nominate a Mentor

MENTORING PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

This award celebrates a mentoring practitioner who has made tremendous contributions to young people and the mentoring field.

Nominate a Mentoring Practitioner

MENTORING ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

This award 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.

Nominate a Mentoring Advocate

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

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 the need and transformative power of supportive relationships for our young people. We believe that varied experiences and opinions are central assets in our mission to close the mentoring gap. Through the Excellence in Mentoring Awards, we seek to elevate the voices, contributions and accomplishments of leaders who are diverse in skill, perspective and experience and encourage nominations for people from all backgrounds.

Past Award Recipients

2022

  • Young Leader of the Year
    • Laila McComb, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Nebraska
      Emily Than, STRIVE Refugee Mentoring
  • Mentor of the Year
    • Jason Merz, Community Connections
      Johnny Nesbit, 100 Black Men of Omaha
  • Mentoring Practitioner of the Year: Angela Hipp, Community Connections
  • Mentoring Advocate of the Year: Dr. Cheryl Logan, Omaha Public Schools

2021

  • Young Leader of the Year
    • Nyankoor Timothy, Community Learning Centers - Civic Nebraska
    • Zach Brisnehan, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Nebraska
  • Mentor of the Year
    • Adrian Fuentes Sanchez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
    • Mahatma Largaespada, Latino Center of Midlands
  • Mentoring Practitioner of the Year: Damien Coran, Partnership 4 Kids
  • Mentoring Advocate of the Year: Dr. Anne Hobbs, Juvenile Justice Institute, University of Nebraska Omaha

2020

2019

2018

2016

2015

  • Mentor of the Year: Amy Nelson, Nominated by Kent Bellows Mentoring Program
  • Business Advocate of the Year: Creighton University, Nominated by Kids Can Community Center, Youth Emergency Services, Girls Inc. and Ollie Webb Center, Inc.

2014

2013

2012

2011

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

2010

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