Upcoming Events

9th Annual Mentoring Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
La Vista Conference Center | 12520 Westport Parkway | La Vista, NE 68128
Keynote Speaker: Lindsay Hill, Raikes Foundation


MENTOR Nebraska’s Mentoring Awards Luncheon brings hundreds of youth-serving professionals, mentors, community and business leaders, and the Mayor of Omaha together to put a spotlight on youth mentoring. The luncheon features an awards presentation where businesses, mentors, and advocates are honored for their contributions to mentoring.

In addition to the luncheon, MENTOR Nebraska will be offering a morning and afternoon workshop for youth-serving professionals and mentors to develop the tools to more effectively support young people.

Advocating for Mentoring 10-11:15 a.m.
Are you always looking for more mentors to volunteer?  Are you interested in finding more ways to direct donor dollars to your program?  Do you wish people better understood the need for mentors in your community?  This special session is intended for every mentor, mentoring staff person, board member, and community advocate.  It takes all of us working together as advocates to create a strong mentoring culture in our community and across the state.  The utilization of advocacy skills is a great way to bring about change – and we all have them! We will set up opportunities for small group dialogue during the session and give attendees a chance to deep dive into a specific advocacy topic area.  This session will feature national experts, state leaders, and local donors to help guide the discussion.

Critical Mentoring & Best Practices 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Critical Mentoring was coined by Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan in her book Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide.  In this session, participants will learn how to apply Critical Mentoring concepts of critical consciousness, critical race theory, youth voice, and intersectionality into the operations of mentoring programs, including how mentor recruitment, training and match support are developed and deployed.  Participants will come away with hands-on tools for how to best support and implement Critical Mentoring into their programming to more effectively support young people.


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

Attend one of these events to learn more about mentoring!

Press Conference
Thursday, January 3, 9:30 a.m.
Greater Omaha Chamber: 808 Conagra Drive #400

National Mentoring Month Proclamation Ceremony
Monday, January 7, 10 a.m.
Nebraska State Capitol: Governor’s Hearing Room, Suite 2316

Mentor Recruitment Event
Tuesday, January 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Flagship Commons: 10000 California Street
Hosted by Partnership 4 Kids

Mentor Recruitment Event
Tuesday, January 8, 5:30 p.m.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Hosted by Partnership 4 Kids

Mentor Recruitment Event
Saturday, January 12, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Urban Plunge: 5835 N 90th Street
Hosted by Release Ministries

Mentor Recruitment Event
Wednesday, January 16, 6-8 p.m.
Dave & Buster's: 2502 S 133rd Plaza #111
Hosted by Partnership 4 Kids

Mentor Recruitment Day
Starbucks throughout Omaha
Wednesday, January 23
Stop by Starbucks on January 23 to learn more about mentoring opportunities in the Omaha Metro!

Men's Ministry Mentoring One to One 2 Win
Saturday, January 26, 9 a.m. – noon
Bethany Lutheran Church: 4200 N 204th Street
Hosted by Men of Bethany
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Mentor Recruitment Event
Thursday, January 31, 6-8 p.m.
Legends Bar and Grill: 6920 Pacific Street, Suite 100
Hosted by The Hope Center for Kids

Mentor Recruitment Event
Thursday, January 31, 6-9 p.m.
Spielbound: 3229 Harney Street
Hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

Wednesday, January 23 | 7-10 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Starbucks, LinkedIn, and MENTOR have joined forces to launch a nationwide campaign designed to connect more than 10,000 mentors and mentees. On Wednesday, January 23 between 7-10 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. you can stop by one of the 23 Starbucks locations below to learn more about mentoring. A local mentoring program will be there to answer any questions you have about becoming a mentor!

Fremont - E 23rd and Yager

Grand Island - Hwy 281 & Old Potash

Kearney - 42nd and 2nd

Lincoln - 12th & P

Lincoln - 27th and Kennington

Lincoln - 27th and Pine Lake

Lincoln - 33rd & O

Lincoln  - 70th & O

North Platte - I80 & Hwy 83

Omaha - 10403 S 15th Street

Omaha - 12245 W Center Road

Omaha - 12540 K Plaza

Omaha - 1303 S 72nd Street

Omaha - 1423 Papillion Drive

Omaha - 14801 W Maple Road

Omaha - 15821 W Dodge Road

Omaha - 17396 W Center Road

Omaha - 219 S 72nd Street

Omaha - 222 S 15th Street

Omaha - 411 N 114th Street

Omaha - 815 N 204th Ave

Omaha - 8734 Pacific Street

York - I-80 & Hwy 81