MENTOR Nebraska Hosts Black Youth Town Hall to Process and Discuss Racial Tensions

To support young people through recent racial tensions and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, MENTOR Nebraska ( hosted a youth-led Black Youth Town Hall on June 30. The presenting panel included Marqis Nunn (19), Londell Avant (17), Michaela Atkins (19), and Josie Kantaras (19), all of whom are extremely involved in the Omaha community and have a passion for achieving equality. The panelists discussed their experiences growing up as black youth in Omaha, what the BLM movement means to them, why it’s important for non-black people to understand what BLM really means, and a variety of other topics. The discussion is available for viewing at

MENTOR Nebraska was launched in 1999 to improve the number and quality of mentoring programs available for Nebraska’s youth. They have been a frontrunner in the mentoring movement, providing no-cost training and consultation to more than 150 mentoring programs throughout Nebraska. MENTOR Nebraska also advocates for mentoring programs on local, state, and national platforms. Learn more about becoming a mentor at or by calling (402) 715-4164.