Organization announces new name and statewide expansion
alongside annual recruitment effort
The Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a coalition that advocates for youth mentoring and the activities of its member agencies, is now MENTOR Nebraska.
MENTOR Nebraska is expanding statewide to meet the need for training and support for nonprofits and school districts throughout the state that want to strengthen or introduce new mentoring programs, but currently lack the expertise and resources to do so. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to expand the number and quality of mentoring opportunities for more youth in Nebraska,” said Deborah Neary, Executive Director of MENTOR Nebraska. “We are also truly grateful to our partner mentoring programs and stakeholders whose commitment to mentoring excellence have provided the mainstay of our work more than twenty years. This expansion will allow MENTOR Nebraska to ensure that more youth are being served safely and effectively through adherence to national standards for evidence-based mentoring.”
“MENTOR Nebraska’s name change and geographic expansion is an exciting evolution that reflects its incredible leadership throughout Nebraska and within the network of MENTOR’s Affiliates for many years,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is a national nonprofit that serves as an advocate and resource for mentoring organizations. “This alignment also represents MENTOR Nebraska’s continued efforts to close the mentoring gap, expand quality youth mentoring, and provide leadership for the mentoring movement. We’re so proud to have their local leadership and partnership.”
MENTOR Nebraska is also celebrating National Mentoring Month this January by kicking off its 6th annual citywide mentor recruitment campaign. The campaign is aligned with a national campaign led by MENTOR. The campaign was announced today at a multi-agency media conference presented by MENTOR Nebraska and the Greater Omaha Chamber, with support from Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.
Again this year, MENTOR Nebraska is including a Corporate Mentoring Challenge in partnership with the Omaha Chamber and Mayor. The goal is to challenge Omaha businesses to create or expand an existing mentoring culture within their companies and to encourage employee participation in mentoring programs for youth in the community. Companies must participate in three mentoring activities in order to complete the challenge. For a list of businesses participating in the Challenge, please visit www.MENTORNebraska.org/get-involved/corporate-involvement.
Mayor Stothert will further support the initiative through her continued participation in Mayors for Mentoring, a national network of mayors across the country partnering with affiliate mentoring organizations and coalitions to mobilize their communities around youth mentoring. “Mentoring is such a simple way to make a personal connection with young people,“ said Mayor Jean Stothert. “The investment we make today as mentors and role models provides opportunities for success in school, sports, and community service. A commitment to mentoring is a commitment to the future of our city.” The City of Omaha Mayor’s Office, Grant Administration Division, has also awarded MENTOR Nebraska a $10,000 grant to be used for mentor recruitment events.
As part of the recruitment campaign, MENTOR Nebraska is teaming up with Starbucks to help recruit mentors during Martin Luther King week, January 21 - January 25, 2019. Thirteen local Starbucks locations in Omaha and ten Starbucks locations throughout Nebraska will distribute handouts with information on how customers can get involved with mentoring. Starbucks is also providing space at every Omaha location for MENTOR Nebraska’s mentoring organizations to recruit mentors on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. You can read more about the national partnership with Starbucks at https://www.mentoring.org/closethegap/.
About MENTOR Nebraska
MENTOR Nebraska’s work is research-based and collaborative with the ultimate vision to bring about systemic changes that will allow mentoring programs to serve more youth with higher quality services. This is achieved through standardized background checks, data collection and evaluation, and training and technical support.
MENTOR Nebraska will continue the important work of raising awareness, standards, and numbers around mentoring, but now formally extends this work outside of Omaha and across the state of Nebraska. Training, support, technical assistance, and background checks will be provided to nearly 200 mentoring programs around the state. For more information about MENTOR Nebraska, visit www.mentornebraska.org.