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Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.  Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.

MENTOR Nebraska, formerly Midlands Mentoring Partnership, was launched in 1999 to improve the number and quality of mentoring programs available for Nebraska’s youth.  Training and Partnership Development  Manager, Marisa Hattab, joined Mike Hogan for a two-part interview discussing the rewards of mentoring, the recruiting drive currently underway, that no one is expected to be perfect, (just engage with the kids), and her favorite part of the job.

For more information, to donate, or to get involved, one can go to the website https://www.mentornebraska.org/

The mission of the 100 Black Men of Omaha is to improve the quality of life in Omaha by helping our youth to be Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Lead.  The 100 was established in 1995 when a group of concerned men realized that the survival of the Omaha community rested on their willingness to join together and be a vehicle for positive change.

The 100 is committed to the intellectual development of our youth and the empowerment of the African-American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice and integrity. Members, mentors, volunteers and staff have leveraged resources to develop a system based on our “Four for The Future” pillars.  These pillars consist of Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic Empowerment programs.  The 100 believes that if efforts are focused on these core areas, ultimately a foundation of success for “Youth with Promise” and the community will be created.

Richard Webb is the Executive Director of 100 Black Men of Omaha.  He stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about his journey to and through the mentoring program, how he became an important part of the organization, and the success this group has had in the lives of young men here in Omaha.

The 25th anniversary celebration is set for April 17th.  Information about this gala event as well as about the organization as a whole can be found at https://100blackmenomaha.org/

January is National Mentoring Month.  MENTOR Nebraska and their partner mentoring programs are joining forces for the 7th annual city-wide mentor recruitment campaign in January.  The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the various mentoring opportunities available through different organizations and address common misconceptions about time commitment and other possible deterrents to becoming a mentor. The goal for the campaign is to recruit 400 mentors in January.  Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can learn more about the different options at MentorNebraska.org.

Laura Bonnet (Mentoring Coordinator) and Roberta Wilhelm (Executive Director) with Girls Inc. Omaha join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss mentoring opportunities and the life-changing impact that mentoring has on the kids as well as the mentors.

More information is available at https://www.mentornebraska.org/

Former Husker and Denver Broncos football player Tony Veland stops by the KIOS studios to discuss being president of the OPS TeamMates board, the mission, and how anyone can join and help.