Training Schedule

As a resource to promote best practices throughout Nebraska, MENTOR Nebraska provides several fundamental training and assessment tools at no cost to mentoring programs. These training opportunities help mentoring programs gain the support and resources they need to provide high quality mentoring experiences.

MENTOR Nebraska Trainings

Elements of Effective Practice of Mentoring Webinar
Part 1: Wednesday, November 11 | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT
Part 2: Thursday, November 12 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT
This two-part training focuses on the best practices for mentoring program design, management, operations, and evaluation. The content provides school, community, and faith-based organizations with tools to learn how to design a quality mentoring program based on MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™. Participants will learn research-based practices for mentor recruitment, screening, training, matching and initiating, monitoring and support, and closure.
Audience: New mentoring professionals, individuals considering starting a mentoring program, and youth-serving organizations interested in offering mentoring services

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Social Emotional Learning Webinar
Wednesday, December 9 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT
When it comes to social emotional development, relationships matter, especially during COVID-19. Mentoring is a powerful vehicle for social emotional learning (SEL) development and growth both in school and out-of-school time settings. This interactive webinar will provide a foundation of what SEL is (and is not), the importance of SEL development in young people, and how this healthy development increases their chances of future academic, career, and life success. Participants will walk away with activities and strategies for staff and mentors to use in their mentoring sessions.
Audience: Mentors, mentoring professionals, and youth-serving professionals

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Custom Training & Consultation
MENTOR Nebraska offers mentoring and youth-serving organizations up to 50 hours per year of no-cost training and consultation through the National Mentoring Resource Center.  Some recent examples of our work with mentoring programs include:

  • Social Emotional Learning training
  • Recruiting BIPOC Mentors training
  • Combatting White Saviorism training
  • Development and revision of mentor training materials
  • Analysis of mentor screening processes
  • Analysis of match support processes
  • In-depth evaluation planning

We would love to meet with you to get to know your unique mentoring program, discuss your program’s needs, and figure out how we might best be able to partner with you to improve the quality of your program.

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MENTOR National Trainings

Youth-Led Advocacy and Mentoring Town Hall
Presented by MENTOR Affiliates
MENTOR believes that young people should be at the forefront of addressing systemic issues in their communities and nation. As mentors learn and grow alongside young people, there are many ways that they can support the advocacy and policy interests or passions of their mentees and young people. No matter what the issue or topic, young people have a critical voice and role to play in advocating for positive change.  In these town halls, young people will share their perspectives on youth advocacy, civic engagement, partnering with adults on advocacy and how mentors can support their important work. Register for one or any of these sessions:

Young Men of Color Achieving Academic Excellence
Tuesday, November 10 | 1:30-3 p.m. CT
Presented by MENTOR National
This event, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase and hosted by MENTOR, will highlight research on what young men of color need to achieve academic excellence to and through post-secondary education. It will elevate and engage the voices of young leaders and mentors along with practitioners leading promising practices. We will focus on defining and achieving success in a holistic approach including mental health and wellness, financial literacy, relationships, family engagement, and identity.

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Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series
3rd Thursday of Every Month | Noon - 1:15 p.m. CT
Presented by MENTOR National
The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the National Mentoring Resource Center and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. These webinars would not be possible without the planning team, which includes the following Affiliates: MENTOR Colorado, MENTOR Illinois, MENTOR Independence Region, MENTOR Indiana, MENTOR North Carolina, MENTOR Vermont, and MENTOR Washington. Through ongoing planning and evaluation of the latest developments in the field, this team delivers a webinar each month focused on strengthening mentoring practice, sharing new resources, and helping the field put research into practice.

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Living United for Racial Equity and Social Justice (November 19)

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Additional Trainings

The Askable Adults Matter training is designed to help youth-serving professionals and mentors become more approachable and knowledgeable in order to address basic questions and refer youth for reproductive health care when needed. The training is committed to providing medically-accurate, culturally-inclusive, age-appropriate information and education related to reproductive health and healthy relationships. The training also promotes healthy communication between adolescents and their parents, families and trusted adults to help them make informed decisions about their reproductive health and relationships.

Audience: Mentors, mentoring professionals, and youth-serving professionals

Through ongoing planning and evaluation of the latest developments in the field, these monthly webinars focus on strengthening mentoring practice, sharing new resources, and helping the field put research into practice.  The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the National Mentoring Resource Center and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR National. These webinars would not be possible without the planning team, which includes our affiliates:  MENTOR Colorado, MENTOR Illinois, MENTOR Independence Region, MENTOR Indiana, MENTOR North Carolina, MENTOR Vermont, and MENTOR Washington.

Webinars are held monthly on the 3rd Thursday from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. CT.  Links to register for the upcoming webinar, with full descriptions and panelist information, are posted in the month leading up to the webinar.

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Mentoring relationships and programs have the power to reproduce or reduce racial and economic inequality. They also have a moral obligation to do no harm to the youth and families being served. This session will explore what white saviorism looks like as well as the harmful impact it has on youth. Participants will develop the ability to recognize white saviorism in mentoring relationships and programs and explore concrete strategies to combat its harmful effects.

Audience: Mentors, mentoring professionals, and youth-serving professionals

The Connect Focus Grow training was developed to help young people, mentors, and managers in the workplace learn the skills needed to deepen relationships. This activity and discussion based training explores how adults and young people can work together to create a culture of possibility.

Audience: Mentors, mentoring professionals, youth-serving professionals, managers, coaches, and workforce development organizations

With increasing regulations and recommendations for physical distancing, is your program considering virtual mentoring to help mentors and mentees connect? Is e-mentoring even a viable option for your program? During this training, MENTOR Nebraska will help you work through these questions to decide if e-mentoring is right for your program. MENTOR Nebraska will also give an overview of a free virtual mentoring portal and introduce the best practices of e-mentoring outlined in MENTOR's Elements of Effective Practice in Mentoring™.

Audience: Mentoring Professionals

This training is an introduction to the best practices for mentoring program design, management, operations, and evaluation. The content provides school, community, and faith-based organizations with tools to learn the basics of designing a quality mentoring program based on MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™. This training also provides the foundation of mentoring best practices for recruitment, screening, training, matching and initiating, monitoring and support, and closure.

Audience: New mentoring professionals, individuals considering starting a mentoring program, and youth-serving organizations interested in offering mentoring services

A common challenge mentoring programs face is recruiting mentors who reflect the young people they serve. This training teaches mentoring programs how to build relationships and recruit mentors from diverse communities.

Audience: Mentoring professionals and youth-serving professionals

Ensuring youth are safe is a top priority in the mentoring sector. This training helps mentoring and youth-serving organizations evaluate their volunteer screening practices and offers suggestions on how programs can strengthen their screening processes to keep youth safe. Participants will learn how to identify characteristics of child predators, stages of the grooming process, and red flags to look for when screening potential and current volunteers.

Audience: Mentoring professionals and youth-serving professionals

When it comes to social emotional development, relationships matter, especially during COVID-19. Mentoring is a powerful vehicle for social emotional learning (SEL) development and growth both in school and out-of-school time settings. This interactive webinar will provide a foundation of what SEL is (and is not), the importance of SEL development in young people, and how this healthy development increases their chances of future academic, career, and life success. Participants will walk away with activities and strategies for staff and mentors to use in their mentoring sessions.

Audience: Mentors, mentoring professionals, and youth-serving professionals

In order to build authentic relationships with Black and Latino young men, mentors must delve deep into their own power and privilege, unpack their own biases, and understand how to manage and use them in a mentoring relationship. In this training, mentors will become more deeply aware of and reflect on their own power and privilege, and gain skills and strategies needed to develop authentic relationships with Black & Latino young men. Mentors will learn how to support Black and Latino young men in their journey of empowerment with evidence-based strategies, and work positively towards structural change.

Audience: Mentors, mentoring professionals, and youth-serving professionals

Trauma-informed mentoring is an approach to help mentors and youth serving programs recognize and acknowledge the role trauma plays in young people’s lives. This training covers how trauma affects young people, what trauma-informed care is, how to create safe environments for young people, and practices to avoid re-traumatizing. Participants will also identify self-care strategies to combat “compassion fatigue” and build assets to better serve young people and their mentors.

Audience: Mentors, mentoring professionals, and youth-serving professionals