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About Our Organization
What is TeamMates? TeamMates is a school-based, one-to-one mentoring program co-founded by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne. The goal is for an adult volunteer to help build a positive relationship with a student to help them reach their full potential. TeamMates matches youth as early as 4th grade and as late as 10th grade, and mentors are encouraged to continue in the mentoring relationship until the student graduates from high school. Matches meet at the school during the school day.
Who can volunteer? Any adult who desires to make a difference in the life of a child by being a positive role model. Students can either self-nominate or they are nominated for the program by a caring adult in their life. Typically, this is a teacher, school counselor, parent, or community member. Volunteers who care about youth and are positive role models are encouraged to be mentors. Mentors must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school degree or GED equivalent.
Why mentor? Mentoring is making an investment in the future. By spending just one hour each week with a student and showing your interest in their life, you can increase the likelihood they will graduate from high school and pursue some type of postsecondary training. Mentors help identify the gifts and talents of young people that provide them a sense of hope and vision for their life. Each mentoring relationship is unique, however, the sessions happen weekly for up to one hour and the focus ranges from helping with homework, to sharing a hobby or special interest, to simply sharing thoughts and ideas. There are many ways you can support TeamMates and each way makes an important investment in the future. These include becoming a mentor, making a donation, providing in-kind services, or encouraging your friends and acquaintances to become mentors.
Who do I contact to become involved? You may contact the program coordinator Matt Wiemers at firstname.lastname@example.org . To learn more or apply to mentor online, visit www.teammates.org.