2018 MENTOR Nebraska Annual Report

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Dear Stakeholders, MENTOR Nebraska has seen tremendous growth over the past year and we are currently working with 12 Omaha partner agencies that serve thousands of mentor-mentee matches in the Omaha metro area. These mentees are youth that have an extra adult to help with everything from writing college essays to discussions on bullying and peer pressure, and who genuinely care about their wellbeing and success. As we look at how we can continue to grow and serve more organizations and therefore, more children, it has become clear that we need to look at expanding our scope and our mission. In 2018, we’ve held discussions with key business leaders, collaborators, and change makers in communities across the state. What we are seeing is an incredible need to see strong mentoring programs in towns from Lincoln to Scottsbluff. With this in mind, we are excited to announce that in January 2019, Midlands Mentoring Partnership became MENTOR Nebraska. With this change we are able to provide training and support to organizations and schools across the state that would like to strengthen or incubate new mentoring programs, but currently lack the expertise and resources to do so. Please continue to invest your time, energy, and resources into us as we embark on this exciting new adventure. Stay tuned!

Warmest regards,

Deborah Neary

Chris Rodgers



Note: All photos on front and back cover are of mentoring matches from Omaha



WHE WE’VE 1999 In 1999, Midlands Mentoring Partnership was founded by Michael Yanney and Dr. Tom Osborne.

2009 2010 2011 2012 20 In 2009, the organization received a 3 year commitment for support from a partnership with Building Bright Futures and the City of Omaha.

In 2011, the organization becomes an affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. MENTOR works at the crossroads of education, business and community, facilitating a network of affiliates and more than 5,000 mentoring programs across 50 states.

In 2012, the organization was selected as one of six cities in the country to roll out a quality mentoring assessment tool to help accurately and thoroughly assess mentoring organization’s strengths and challenge areas. The results of the assessment help direct the work of the organization to support the needs of individual organizations.

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n 2014, the organization received he Catalyst Award by the Nonprofit ssociation of the Midlands for ur collaborative and innovative ocial media campaigns.

In 2015, the organization became a Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Best Practice Partner.

In 2014, the organization was the first in the country to initiate a new mentoring model, called Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM), to support higher-risk juvenile justice youth. Renowned mentoring researchers began formally evaluating our YIM model have called it “game changing� for juvenile justice youth.

In 2016, the organization received the Spirit of Omaha Best Education Event and was honored by the Better Business Bureau with its annual Integrity Award.

In 2019, the organization will become MENTOR Nebraska and will expand service area across the state of Nebraska.

In 2018, the organization launched its 4th annual city-wide mentor recruitment campaign with the Mayor’s office, Greater Omaha Chamber, and local mentoring programs. As a result of this collaboration, we have increased the number of mentoring matches in the Omaha metro by 22%.

BACKGROUND CHECKS Covered the cost of 7,045 background checks since 2011

TRAINING Provided training to nearly 4,742 individuals since 2011

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE Provided Technical Assistance to 57 organizations

IMPACT OF OUR SECTOR Collect data to identity gaps in service areas

MENTOR RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN 22% increase in mentoring matches since beginning

CORPORATE MENTORING CHALLENGE In the first year, more than 40 businesses joined the Corporate Mentoring Challenge

FUNDING $1,372,575.81 total cash funding provided to mentoring programs since 2010 4

INTENTIONAL MENTORING YOUTH INITIATED MENTORING FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE YOUTH A cutting edge mentor matching process originally brought to Omaha by our organization and implemented in 2014, called Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM), is extremely successful with justice involved youth. YIM harnesses a young person’s ability to recruit adults in their lives who are likely qualified for mentorship and who are aware of that particular youth’s background, personal history and challenges. In 2018, research on our YIM model was featured in the Journal of Adolescent Research. Findings from the study, conducted by Dr. Renee Spencer of Boston University and Dr. Jean Rhodes of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, found the YIM approach “empowered the youth to identify a mentor on their own, which allowed them the opportunity to reflect on and define what attributes of a mentor they found most important.” The study also found youth spoke about how having a say in who their mentor would be was a part of what motivated them to decide to participate in the mentoring program.

SUCCESS MENTORS FOR CHRONICALLY ABSENT YOUTH Based on a model implemented in 2010 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and rolled out in 2015 under the Obama White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, our organization brought the Success Mentors model to Omaha in 2017, to help support students who struggle with chronic absenteeism. This model has been facilitated in partnership with Omaha Public Schools (OPS). In the 17-18 school year, 135 students were served across six OPS schools. The schools include: Skinner Elementary, King Science & Technology Magnet, Belvedere Elementary, Minne Lusa Elementary, Conestoga Elementary and Monroe Middle School.

STRIVE MENTORING FOR REFUGEE YOUTH Project STRIVE is a partnership with Omaha Public Schools funded through the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) that will support the mentoring of refugee youth at Benson High School. The mentoring program has three goals: 1) to increase the civic and social engagement of refugee students, 2) to promote the education and vocational advancement of refugee students, and 3) to develop a transition plan for refugee students.



VISION MENTOR Nebraska’s vision is for every young person to have the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults.

MISSION MENTOR Nebraska fuels the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships, strengthens collaboration, and advocates for mentoring.

IN THIS NEW LEADERSHIP ROLE, MENTOR NEBRASKA WILL WORK TOWARD THE FOLLOWING GOALS: To be a unifying entity that can strengthen advocacy and resource development for all mentoring programs To increase tracking of how many young people are being mentored and improve quality of the mentoring programs overseeing the matches To improve the means of evaluating the positive outcomes associated with mentoring relationships To advocate for state and federal funding To increase the number, quality, and safety of mentoring relationships To collaborate on mentor recruitment and referral To provide training and technical assistance to mentoring organizations To raise public awareness To help report the financial return for investment in youth mentoring To help ensure the safety and success of every mentoring match







Cash Support

In-Kind Support

Net Assets, End Of Year


Statewide Mentoring

10% Annual Mentoring Summit




14% Mentor


Recruitment Campaign



Background Checks

15% Youth Initiated

10% Training &


Technical Assistance

(Juvenile Justice Project)


Data Collection

12% Success Mentors

9% Village Zone Mentoring



EXPANDING THROUGHOUT NEBRASKA MENTOR Nebraska is the only entity in Nebraska that serves in the unique role of providing backbone support to mentoring agencies. There is no other entity positioned to provide these services to mentoring programs and schools. We are a team of professionals with expertise on all facets of building mentoring programs and building organizational capacity. Additionally, our team has the expertise in place to provide training supports and innovative ideas across the state of Nebraska. And, because of our reputation on a national level, we have opportunities for earned revenue support so that we can provide our services and training at no cost to Nebraska mentoring programs.


TIER I MEMBERS (OMAHA) 100 Black Men of Omaha - Pathways to Success Mentoring Program ACE Mentor Program Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Kids Can Community Center - Mentoring Program Girls Inc. of Omaha - Pathfinders Ollie Webb Center, Inc. - Just Friends Partnership 4 Kids - Group Mentoring Program Release Ministries - Mentoring Program The Bike Union Mentoring Project The Hope Center for Kids – Mentoring Program YMCA - Reach & Rise Youth Emergency Services - Mentoring Program As we expand our service area in 2019, this list will grow to include programs outside of Omaha. Keep an eye out for the exciting changes to come! 11

DON DONORS $25,000+ Douglas County, Community-Based Aid

Peter Kiewit Foundation

Holland Foundation

The Sherwood Foundation

The Lozier Foundation

Weitz Family Foundation

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation

DONORS $1,000- $24,999 Annette and Paul Smith Charitable Fund

Metropolitan Community College

Baird Holm LLP

Metropolitan Utilities District

Dana and Josh Bartee

Mutual of Omaha

Helen and Bob Bartee

Nebraska Department of Education

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

Noddle Companies

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

City of Omaha

One Source: The Background Check Company

Enterprise Bank

Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc.

FBG Service Corporation

The Philip & Terri Schrager Foundation

First National Bank of Omaha


Julie and Dave Hefflinger

SilverStone Group

Kutak Rock

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Lamp, Rynearson & Associates

Valmont Industries

Mammel Foundation

Vic Gutman & Associates



Martin Diaz


Frost Media Group

KETV NewsWatch 7

NORS DONORS UP TO $999 100 Black Men of Omaha

Angel Martin


Melissa Mayo

Dee Austin

Joan McGill

Whitney & Jared Baker

Maureen & James Miller

Mary K Barrett

Seraphim Mullins

Deanna & Thomas Bartek

Mutual of Omaha Bank

Judy & Bob Bates

Betty & Owen Neary

Sue & Christopher Behr

Deborah & Joe Neary

Carol & Steve Bloch via Jewish Federation of Omaha

Nebraska State Education Association

Dan Burke Jeremy Christensen Carl Christian Kathy Clark Jacquelyn Collett Community Services Fund of Nebraska Judge Vernon Daniels James Dunlap Matthew Enenbach John Ewing Scott Focht

Tom O’Conner Partnership 4 Kids Police Athletics for Community Engagement (PACE) Kari Potts Denise Powell Release Ministries Chris Rodgers Teresa Riesberg Carol Russell Lisa Schulze

Anne Ginn

Connie & Richard Spellman

Greg Gonzalez

Dakotah Taylor

Greater Omaha Chamber

Fawn Taylor

The Hope Center for Kids

Geri Urban

Kids Can Community Center

Yesenia and Solomon Valenzuela

Kevin Langin

Matthew Wallen

Catherine Leazer

Jay Warren-Teamer & Shannon Teamer

Leo A. Daly

Michael B. Yanney 13

MENTOR AWARDS 2018 Mentor of the Year: Edward Stevens, 100 Black Men of Omaha Mentor 2018 Business of the Year:

2018 Advocate of the Year:

First National Bank

Lisa Utterback, Omaha Public Schools



City of Omaha

Iowa Mentoring Partnership

Douglas County

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

The Empowerment Network

My Brother’s Keeper

Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Omaha Public Schools

STAFF Deborah Neary Executive Director

Susan Mayberger Omaha Public Schools Consultant

Whitney Baker Director of Operations

Teresa Riesberg Operations and Events Manager

Marisa Casillas Mentoring Services Coordinator

Yesenia Valenzuela Mentoring Services Manager

BOARD MEMBERS Chris Rodgers, Board President, Douglas County Board of Commissioners

Matt Enenbach, Partner, Kutak Rock, LLP

John Ewing, Board Vice President, Douglas County Treasurer

Greg Gonzalez, Deputy Police Chief, Omaha Police Department

Jeremy Christensen, Board Secretary, Attorney, Baird Holm LLP

Kevin Langin, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications, First National Bank

Kathy Clark, Board Treasurer, CFO, FBG Services

Kari Potts, Vice President Group General Counsel, Valmont Utility

Rick Spellman, Member At Large, J.D., Cline Williams

Carol Russell, Community Volunteer

Scott Focht, Senior Director, OPPD

Dan Burke, Principal, SilverStone Group

Matt Wallen, Chief of Staff, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Vernon Daniels, Judge, Juvenile Court of Douglas County

Jay Warren-Teamer, Community Affairs Coordinator, Mutual of Omaha


MENTOR Nebraska 6173 Center Street | Omaha, NE 68106 402.715.4149 | info@mentornebraska.org mentornebraska.org Tax Status – 501(c)(3)

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