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(February 15, 2019) 

A national mentoring organization has recognized Mayor Jean Stothert as a finalist for the 2019 Excellence in Mentoring Awards in the Public Elevation category. The MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership award recognizes individuals who use their influence and public platform to support mentoring opportunities for youth. MENTOR Nebraska and its partner mentoring programs presented Mayor Stothert with the award at a ceremony February 13th.

“I am grateful to MENTOR Nebraska for nominating me for the Excellence in Mentoring Award,” said Mayor Stothert. “I support mentoring and MENTOR Nebraska because a commitment to mentoring is a commitment to the future of our city.  I am proud that Omaha has many organizations that support the mission of mentoring and the opportunities we are creating for young people in Omaha.”

Mayor Stothert has supported youth mentoring in Omaha for more than ten years, first as a mentor to an elementary age student. She helped MENTOR Nebraska recruit more than 50 businesses for the Corporate Mentoring Challenge, a challenge that encourages Omaha businesses to create or expand mentoring within their organizations and to encourage their employees to participate in youth mentoring programs. Mayor Stothert further supports the mentoring 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. In addition, she has awarded MENTOR Nebraska a $10,000 grant to be used for mentor recruitment events.

Mayor Stothert is an outspoken advocate for youth mentoring. “Mentoring is such a simple way to make a personal connection with young people,” said Mayor Stothert. “The investment we make today as mentors and role models provides opportunities for success in school, sports, and community service." 

“Mayor Stothert is a passionate leader who wants to create a culture of mentoring in Omaha,” said Deborah Neary, Executive Director of MENTOR Nebraska. “She understands the long term benefits mentoring has on a community and the importance of working together to elevate mentoring. The support and time Mayor Stothert has dedicated to mentoring clearly demonstrates that she is a champion of mentoring.

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 extend 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.