Excellence in Mentoring Awards

MENTOR Nebraska is thrilled to honor champions of mentoring with the 2022 Excellence in Mentoring Awards on Wednesday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m. CT. This free virtual event will honor individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made tremendous contributions to young people and the mentoring field in Nebraska.

2022 Excellence in Mentoring Awards
Wednesday, April 6
12:30-1 p.m. CT
Virtual: Streamed live on Facebook and YouTube

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

GOLD
James & Jacqueline Clough Family Foundation Fund
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Paul and Annette Smith
Valmont

SILVER
FNBO
Fraser Stryker
Kutak Rock
Mutual of Omaha

BRONZE
Baird Holm
Bland Cares Foundation
Lori & Paul Hogan
OneSource
OPPD
Vic Gutman & Associates

MENTORING AWARD CATEGORIES

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.

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.

MENTORING PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

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

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.

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

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