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CANCELED: 2020 Mentoring Summit & Luncheon

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 mentoring relationships. As the COVID-19 situation evolves here in Nebraska, we are asking questions about how we can ensure our vital work continues during times of social distancing while still respecting the safety of individuals and the public at large.

During these stressful times, when children’s lives are upended by school and event closures, maintaining supportive, intentional mentoring relationships becomes more important than ever. We have been in touch with all our mentoring agencies to discuss ways mentors can stay connected to the youth who are home from school. We are doing our part to ensure that our youth can still rely on their mentors for stability, consistency, and guidance during this time of uncertainty.

As is our social responsibility, taking our cue from the CDC and local health officials, the MENTOR Nebraska Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming 10th Annual Mentoring Summit & Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Although the event is cancelled, we are still planning to announce and recognize our 2020 Mentor of the Year and Business of the Year award winners virtually on April 1. Watch for this exciting news and information! We want to extend our gratitude to our many event sponsors, and to our chair couple, Connie & Richard Spellman, for all the work they put into planning this event.

This year, MENTOR Nebraska was expecting to raise $60,000 through this event. Our organization depends on these funds to power programs for 2020 and beyond that allow us to continue our urgent work. If you would like to help MENTOR Nebraska recoup some of our costs for this event, donations can be made here.

Please contact MENTOR Nebraska’s Executive Director, Deborah Neary, at 402-715-4164 or if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Wishing you continued good health,

MENTOR Nebraska Board and Staff

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Award Recipients





  • 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.





  • 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

January is National Mentoring Month! Help us elevate mentoring by sharing on social media or attending an event!

Media Conference
Tuesday, January 7, 10:30 a.m.
MENTOR Nebraska will be kicking off National Mentoring Month at a media conference on January 7 at the The Venue at Highlander - 2112 N 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68111. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. and feature guest speakers including Mayor Jean Stothert, David Brown, Jason Jackson, Aileen Warren and other community leaders. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

I Am a Mentor Day
Wednesday, January 8
A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.

Physicians Mutual Lights
Thursday, January 9
To help celebrate National Mentoring Month, Physicians Mutual will be lighting their downtown building blue!

Proclamation Signing Ceremony
Monday, January 13, 10:30 a.m.
Nebraska State Capitol in Hearing Room 1524
Governor Pete Rickets will be signing a proclamation to declare January as National Mentoring Month.

Mentor Recruitment Fair
Tuesday, January 14, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Mutual of Omaha

Mentor Recruitment Event
Wednesday, January 16, 6-8 p.m.
eCreamery - 5001 Underwood Ave, Omaha, NE 68132
Hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

International Mentoring Day
Friday, January 17
A day of international conversation on social media where photos, videos and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 20
A day to share in the inspirational words of Dr. MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism. Drive by the Dodge Street/Memorial Park pedestrian bridge to see mentoring banners all week long!

Mentor Recruitment Event
Thursday, January 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Spielbound - 3229 Harney St, Omaha, NE 68131
Hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

Mentor Recruitment Fair
Monday, January 28, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
First National Bank

#ThankYourMentor Day
Thursday, January 30
A day to show gratitude for your mentor by posting on social media using hashtag #ThankYourMentor

Mentor Recruitment Event
Thursday, January 30, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Physicians Mutual

Mentor Recruitment Event
Friday, January 31, 7-9 a.m.
Scooter's Coffee Shop - 2928 Ames Ave Omaha, Ne 68111
Hosted by Partnership 4 Kids and 100 Black Men of Omaha

Mentor Recruitment Event
Saturday, February 29, 12-2 p.m.
Maplewood Lanes - 3030 N 101st St, Omaha, NE 68134
Hosted by Ollie Webb Center, Inc.

If you would like to add a mentoring event to this list, please email