Sharing a laugh over a meal. Throwing a football in the yard. Offering words of advice. Setting an example as a role model.
In Omaha, 3,000 mentors are providing all-important guidance to young people through such acts of kindness and support.
These mentors deserve our city’s applause as they help direct young men and women toward productive paths in life. The benefits that can come from that adult involvement are immeasurable.
Yet, as tremendous a difference as the 3,000 mentors are making, the need in Omaha still exceeds the number of mentors. Deborah Neary, executive director of the Midlands Mentoring Partnership, says that in total, mentors are needed for some 30,000 Omaha young people.
The good news, as World-Herald staff writer Robby Korth explained in a recent news article, is that 11 mentoring organizations have begun a citywide campaign to recruit 500 new mentors.
Tossing a football, sharing a laugh, offering a word of kindness — they’re simple acts. But when they come from a mentor, the effects can be life-changing. All the more reason why this important recruiting effort needs to succeed.