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 & youth-serving professionals, mentors, youth counselors, and educators gain the support and resources they need to provide high quality mentoring experiences.

Upcoming No-Cost Trainings

Black Youth Town Hall

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
5:30 - 7 PM CT (Doors open at 5 PM)
In-Person | Venue at Highlander, 2120 N. 30th Street, Omaha, NE 6811
Audience: Mentoring & youth-serving professionals, mentors, youth counselors, and educators
Presented by: MENTOR Nebraska & Nebraska HBCU + Greek

Join us for an illuminating Black Youth Town Hall as we provide a platform for the vibrant voices of Omaha's black youth to share their experiences, insights, and aspirations. This pivotal event aims to foster dialogue, understanding, and actionable change within our community. Our panelists, representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives, will delve into crucial topics shaping the lives of black youth in Omaha and articulate their needs, challenges, and visions for the future. 


Youth Mental Health Series: Building Social & Emotional Skills Through Mentoring

Tuesday, August 13, 2024
5-7:30 PM CT (Doors open at 5 PM)
Location: Lincoln, NE (TBD)
Format: In-Person
Audience: Mentoring & youth-serving professionals, mentors, youth counselors, and educators

Mentoring is a powerful vehicle for social emotional learning (SEL) development and growth both in and out of school. As youth prepare to transition to new grades and educational environments, this interactive training provides a foundation of what SEL is (and is not), the importance of SEL development in youth, 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. This training is the first of three trainings in our Fall Youth Mental Health Series.


Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday
12 - 1:30 PM CT

Format: Webinar
Audience: Mentoring & youth-serving professionals

This webinar series is hosted by MENTOR National and facilitated by MENTOR and a planning team of MENTOR Affiliates, including MENTOR Nebraska. 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.

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Custom Training & Consulting

No-Cost Services

MENTOR Nebraska provides capacity building support (called technical assistance) to mentoring programs throughout the state. Our team of mentoring experts can provide up to 50 hours of free consulting based on your program’s individual needs.

Examples include:

  • Guidance on mentor recruitment
  • Creating a program logic model
  • Developing mentor training materials
  • Strengthening volunteer screening practices
  • Implementing diversity, equity & inclusion practices

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Contracted Services

We also contract with youth-serving programs, schools, nonprofits, and government/community organizations across the country to develop custom trainings based on their specific needs.

Recent projects include:

  • Nebraska Dept. of Education
  • South Dakota Dept. of Labor & Regulation
  • Nebraska 4-H
  • Latino Center of the Midlands
  • My Brother’s Keeper
  • Omaha Performing Arts
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Our Training Catalog

Recruiting Diverse Mentors & Volunteers
A common challenge mentoring programs face is recruiting mentors and volunteers who reflect the young people they serve. This training challenges participants to rethink mentor recruitment and focus on building relationships with diverse communities.

Mini Cultural Competency Series
Need a starting point for understanding youth today? This miniseries covers how to use cultural competence to connect with youth culture. The series covers:

  • Cultural Intelligence – Let’s Test Your IQ
  • Cultural Differences- What Makes Us Different?
  • Teen Culture - Not Your Teenage Years

Creating Equitable Outcomes by Increasing Youth Voice
Harness the power of mentoring by giving a voice to the next generation. This training is designed to provide strategies for elevating youth voice, by providing avenues to showcase youth resilience and creativity. Young people will share their ideas on how to allow them to lead the way.

Combatting White Saviorism
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 training explores 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.

Askable Adults
It can be quite awkward to have these conversations, whether it be protecting young children from unwanted touch or preparing teens for puberty or dating. Participants will learn how to be equipped with information, skills, and the comfort needed to discuss age appropriate sexuality topics with young people.

Reverse Mentoring
People often think that the longer you are with an organization, the more you know and the less you need to learn. However, regardless of experience or age, every employee can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Reverse mentoring provides a safe environment for senior employees to learn new skills and trends while giving younger employees a sense of purpose and belonging. This training helps younger professionals learn mentoring skills
and strategies to “mentor up” to senior colleagues. Participants will also gain a new perspective of teamwork and recognize their role in elevating success.

Connect Focus Grow
Meaningful workplace relationships are a key building-block of a strong company culture. Connect Focus Grow is an activity and discussion-based training that helps young professionals and supervisors develop a mentoring mindset which can significantly impact the culture of your business and working teams. This training will help participants:

  • Develop skills to deepen relationships
  • Understand how perceptions and biases impact relationships
  • Expand web of quality relationship supports and social capital
  • Learn how to communicate in the workplace and provide feedback
  • Set goals to advance professionally
  • Create a higher level of morale in the workplace that impacts employee retention

Developing Leaders
Mentoring is an effective approach for investing in employees and also drawing in new diverse talent to organizations. This training explores how organizations can take steps towards a more inclusive workplace culture, stronger working teams, and improved onboarding and development of emerging leaders. Participants will walk away with a newfound understanding about their influence and how they can help others grow and evolve as well.

Building Social & Emotional Skills Through Mentoring
Mentoring is a powerful vehicle for social emotional learning (SEL) development and growth both in and out of school. This interactive training provides 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.

Trauma Informed: Refugee Populations
Social awareness and relationship skills are important for refugees to thrive in a new country. Social and emotional learning (SEL) can provide a bridge to newcomers, creating an inviting and responsive environment through mentoring. By combatting a deficit mindset, mentors and youth-serving professionals will be able to build stronger connections while honoring refugee culture though SEL. Participants will walk away with activities and strategies for staff and mentors to use in their mentoring sessions.

Supporting & Mentoring Refugee Youth: Strategies for Building Cultural Competency
Refugee youth often face many challenges as they adapt to a new culture and strive to succeed in a new environment. This training provides an overview of the refugee resettlement process, including where refugees come from geographically and culturally, why they come to the United States, and common misconceptions. Participants will learn strategies on how youth-serving programs and mentors can create a safe and culturally supportive space for refugee youth as they navigate the challenges of a new culture. Refugee youth and their guardians will also share their perspectives and experiences.

Group Mentoring
While youth mentoring is most often conceptualized as a one-to-one relationship between a single caring adult and a young person, the reality is that group mentoring models reach as many young people as the more traditional individualized programs. Group mentoring has the ability to provide 360-degree approaches to supporting young people by amplifying collective impact.

E-mentoring elevates the unique intersection of mentoring and technology by providing mentees and mentors with a diverse field of programs that center availability and accessibility of platforms, eliminate geographic barriers for matches, encourage improvement of social and relationship skills, and offer specialized academic or career related support.

Risk Management & Child Safety
Discuss risk management and child safety, including what risk management entails, contingency planning, and crisis management. Discover how mentoring fits into holistic approaches to child safety amidst violence by tapping into existing networks of resources and current policy and funding supports.

Intro to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
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 the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring.

Elements of Effective Practice Miniseries
Are you considering starting a mentoring program or want to strengthen your current program? This training provides an overview of research-informed and practitioner-approved standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships. Participants will be able to select which EEP standards they desire to do a deeper dive into.

  • Week 1 - Recruitment and Screening
  • Week 2 - Training and Matching
  • Week 3 - Monitoring and Support & Closing

Trauma & Recovery 101
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.

Critical Mentoring Approaches
Critical mentoring provides mentors with a new and essential transformational practice that challenges deficit based notions of protégés, questions their forced adaptation to dominant ideology, counters the marginalization and minoritization of young people of color, and endows them with voice, power, and choice to achieve in society while validating their culture and values. Critical mentoring places youth at the center of the process, challenging norms of adult and institutional authority and notions of saviorism to create collaborative partnerships with youth and communities that recognize there are multiple sources of expertise and knowledge.