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Mentoring program continues during crisis

Posted at 6:37 AM, Mar 31, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — With school being out, mentor programs are put in jeopardy, but the 100 Black Men of Omaha say they have hundreds of reasons to keep in touch with their mentees during this time of crisis.

Gibril Mansaray said the group wants to do more than just keep these kids from being bored, but it wants to continue to fuel their passions.

100 Black Men of Omaha has been around for 25 years, and its mission is to be a vehicle for positive change in the community

The mentors want their mentees to be respectful, responsible and ready to lead, but with the shelter in place order they say, "100 men, 100 strong." They're not letting that stop them from keeping in touch with their mentees .

"I always ask him to tell me one good thing about your day," Mansaray said. "I want to get his mind thinking about no matter what he is going through, there is always something to be thankful for. I think it is the critical leadership component of showing how you lead through crisis and effectively condition your mind and always be grateful."

Although they are called 100 Black Men of Omaha, the organization actually has 139 mentors and 225 mentees.

Right now they are concentrating on taking care of the entire family of their mentees.

A lot of times kids get labeled at risk, but these 100 men say they call their kids children of promise, and they are looking for a few more good men to help lead them.