Mentoring works best when measures are taken to ensure quality and effectiveness.  Advanced research affirms the importance of accountability and responsibility in meeting our young people’s needs.

Based on the latest mentoring policies, practices, experiences, and research, theElements of Effective Practice for MentoringTM (EEP) serves as the gold standard for mentoring, outlining program design, management, operations and evaluation best practices.  The guidelines were developed and published by the Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP) national organization, MENTOR, with the support of leading experts and researchers in the field, state mentoring partnerships, practitioners and federal funders. To learn more about the EEP and resources that support implementing best practices into mentoring programs, click here

Working with an MMP Best Practice Program, means you have access to the latest tools to transform the life of a child.

  • Reach & Rise YMCA

    Population Served

    Youth ages 6-17 who lack role models and are in communities challenged by poverty, crime, and other social issues.

    General Information

    As a mentor you can provide a positive & consistent relationship with a young person, helping to improve your mentee's self-esteem, decision making skills, school performance, and interpersonal relationships. Volunteer mentors are matched with a young person for one year to provide one-to-one mentoring and create safe, healthy, and meaningful relationships with a youth. By sharing your time and guidance, you can help your mentee express feelings, have a more positive outlook for the future, and become more confident. Learn More

  • The Bike Union Mentoring Project

    Population Served

    Youth and young adults ages 12 -24

    General Information

    Our weekly group mentoring program, BUMP, is designed to share our passion for bicycling with youth who we feel will share that passion but may not have the opportunity or infrastructure to enjoy it. BUMP utilizes bicycle skills challenges as well as goal setting for the youth we serve. Mentors in this program must simply be consistent, positive, caring, and willing to share their passion for cycling and healthy lifestyle choices. At the conclusion of our BUMP program in September, mentors may choose to continue onto our Fall/Winter one-on-one mentoring program. Learn More

  • Girls Incorporated of Omaha

    Population Served

    Girls Inc. members are between the ages of 5 and 18.

    General Information

    The programs and services of Girls Inc. are designed to encourage girls to try new things, build their skills and knowledge, and prepare them for a bright future. The Girls Inc. Pathfinders Program is a mentoring program devoted to providing young females in need of social and recreational development, and emotional support the companionship of a caring woman. The mentors assist their mentees in developing and achieving positive academic, career, and personal goals. Learn More

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands (Big Couples)

    Population Served

    We serve youth ages 7 - 18 years who are living in single-parent homes or with extended family, are in out of home placement, or have a parent incarcerated. The majority of youth we serve also live in low income households. We enroll youth between the ages of 7 - 14 years who are eligible to remain in the program until they graduate from high school or reach 18 years of age.

    General Information

    Our Community-Based program provides an option for busy couples to mentor a child by simply including a child in the life you are already living. It's an opportunity to become involved without taking time away from your family because they are included in the match! As a Big Couple through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, you and your spouse can both become Bigs to a child (Little) in our program. Each married couple is matched in a two-to-one relationship with a Little Brother. You can all do things together and/or you can each share time with the Little individually. The match participates in activities throughout the community, and they continue to receive the professional support and guidance of our staff. This is a great way to spend time together while also changing the life of a child. The Little benefits from adding two new caring people into his life, seeing firsthand how two adults interact in a healthy, loving relationship.Why is mentoring a great experience? It keeps you thinking young and allows you be a kid again. It’s time away from adult worries and stress and focuses on fun. According to Sherri a Big Sister, “It’s the little things. Putting a smile on someone’s face, that’s just the best. Investing in kids today pays dividends later on. These are our future leaders.” When you invest in a child, you do something great for your community, and also yourself. At the end of the day, you know you have done something important with your free time and had fun at the same time. Learn More

  • Hope Center for Kids

    Population Served

    The Hope Center for Kids serves over 2,700 youth, children and families through it’s life-transforming programs and community events. Hope serves elementary, middle and high-school age youth with after-school programming in the North Omaha community. The Hope Mentoring program matches a caring adult mentor with one of our youth members who has expressed interest in being mentored.

    General Information

    The Hope Center provides after-school programming, nutrition, education support, faith development, and a safe place for kids to be kids. The Hope Mentoring Program parallels and complements day-to-day programming by offering life-giving support through a one-on-one mentoring relationship. Shared activities could involve mutual interests like going for a walk, visiting a park, baking some cookies, volunteering together, completing a shared project or gardening. All the while, you have the opportunity to be a role model and supportive friend, speaking truth, love and life into a young person. Learn More

  • Ollie Webb Center, Inc.

    Population Served

    We serve teens with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

    General Information

    o Develop a new friendship o Personal fulfillment through contribution to your community and an individual o Satisfaction in helping someone mature and progress in life o Develop leadership skills o Gain a better understanding of people with developmental disabilities o Gain information about the field of social services as a career option Learn More

  • Youth Emergency Services (YES)

    Population Served

    The youth that will be provided a mentor are homeless or at-risk youth ranging in ages 16--21 years old.

    General Information

    The mentoring program at YES serves the youth in the Maternity Home and Transitional Living Program who are working to overcome homelessness. The mentors provide support and guidance as the youth work to become independent and successful. Our mentors and youth are carefully matched by a number of factors for maximum results. As a mentor, we ask you to commit to the program for at least 18 months. We expect you to make contact with your youth at least three times per month, whether in person, by e-mail, by phone or by text message. Finally, we ask that you respect your youth's privacy and maintain confidentiality. Learn More

  • Release Ministries

    Population Served

    Our youth are in transition and are involved with the juvenile justice and/or foster care systems and/or treatment facilities. They range from ages 10-18 and face a variety of issues that put them at risk of failure to attain desired developmental benchmarks. They are characterized by a background of broken relationships, particularly in the family, that have led to an inability to trust others (particularly adults), a sense of hopelessness, and powerlessness. These youth are hungry for love and a sense of "belonging."

    General Information

    Our mentors are encouraged to grow in their faith as they come along side a hurting youth who desperately needs a consistent caring adult in their life. The mentor will experience the joy of being used by the Lord to impact a young person who is hungry for love but doesn't see much hope for the future. There will be highs and lows as with any relationship, but the seeds that are planted in faith will be used by God to help turn a life from the path of remorse. Learn More

  • Kids Can Community Center

    Population Served

    Mentors in our program work with African American, Caucasian,and Hispanic boys and girls aged 7-13 years. Our children come from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds and many come from single parent or low- income families.

    General Information

    Mentors in our program come from all walks of life: college students, working adults, and retired grandparents. Their year-long friendships provide caring and stable influences in kids’ lives. Each week, mentoring pairs decide what activities they want to do together. These activities can range from playing chess to baking a pizza to performing science experiments! Mentors receive training and ongoing support from Kids Can staff all year long. Learn More

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

    Population Served

    We serve youth ages 7 - 18 years who are living in single-parent homes or with extended family, are in out of home placement, or have a parent incarcerated. The majority of youth we serve also live in low income households. We enroll youth between the ages of 7 - 14 years who are eligible to remain in the program until they graduate from high school or reach 18 years of age.

    General Information

    Our Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples give one-to-one attention to local children who are in need of their friendship and support. For a few hours a couple of times a month, while enjoying simple activities together, these relationships start something life-changing, not only for the child, but for the volunteer as well. Little Brother Shai-Ron, matched for 10 years to his Big Brother says, “It’s amazing that a stranger can come into your life and change your life.” Why is mentoring a great experience? It keeps you thinking young and allows you be a kid again. It’s time away from adult worries and stress and focuses on fun. According to Sherri a Big Sister, “It’s the little things. Putting a smile on someone’s face, that’s just the best. Investing in kids today pays dividends later on. These are our future leaders.” When you invest in a child, you do something great for your community, and also yourself. At the end of the day, you know you have done something important with your free time and had fun at the same time. Learn More

  • Partnership 4 Kids

    Population Served

    P4K serves students that would benefit from a positive, adult role model. Mentees attend one of our target schools, do not have a history of excessive absenteeism, have not had contact with the juvenile justice system prior to intake. Mentees participate in two or fewer extra-curricular activities which would interfere with meeting the program attendance benchmark. They qualify for free or reduced lunch or can demonstrate financial need for assistance with post secondary education.

    General Information

    To be a positive adult role model in a young person’s life. Mentors help students set and achieve goals in the areas of; personal, academic and mentor / mentee relationships. The Partnership collaborates with the following to create an innovative and exciting program; Gallup's StrengthsFinder, Creighton's Ethics Alliance for Youth and the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Service Learning Academy. Learn More

  • 100 Black Men of Omaha, INC.

    Population Served

    6th through 12th grade males

    General Information

    Mentors receive local and national training to better prepare them for a successful mentoring relationship. Prepared mentors experience the joy of helping young men to be Respectful, Responsible and Ready to Lead, and a fellowship with other like minded individuals. Learn More