Tom Osborne wasn’t kidding when, in discussing his future plans as he steps down from his role in the Nebraska athletic department, he told World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust “the main thing” he wants to focus on will be furthering the work he’s already done with youth mentoring programs.
On Wednesday, Osborne was named to the Board of Directors of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, a group that “helps children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.”
“The impact a quality mentoring relationship can have on a young person is real and measurable, and it benefits all of us but right now the programs that exist cannot keep up with the demand to match every child in need,” said Osborne in a release. “MENTOR and its Mentoring Partnership network serve a critical role in driving the quantity and quality of mentoring for young people by providing resources such as evidence-based standards, training and technical assistance, and public campaigns to raise awareness and secure funding. I am proud to join them in this effort.”
MENTOR President and CEO David Shapiro said Osborne, who in 1991 founded the TeamMates program with his wife Nancy, is a great fit for the organization.
“Tom Osborne understands the value of quality mentoring for young people but also for our communities, our culture and our collective success because he has lived it in practice,” Shapiro said.