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On behalf of our founders, Tom and Nancy Osborne, we thank you for your interest in mentoring. TeamMates is a school-based mentoring program which means that mentoring takes place on school grounds during school hours. The school connection tells youth that school is important and our data shows an improvement in grades, attendance and behavior as a result.
As a mentor we are asking you to give one hour per week to a young person between grades three through twelve. You identify the age you are comfortable with and we'll make the match. We ask for a miminumum of one school year with the goal of following your mentee through high school graduation.
Fairbury Teammates Chapter
TeamMates of Fairbury Honored at Annual Partnership Meeting
LINCOLN NE --TeamMates coordinators, board members and mentors from over 100 communities across Nebraska, Iowa and California gathered this week at TeamMates Annual Partnership Meeting. Each year the two day meeting brings together the TeamMates leadership for training, guest speakers, and educational session. The meetings are concluded with an awards ceremony celebrating mentoring and preparing to kick off the program for the upcoming school year. TeamMates leadership joined Tom and Nancy Osborne, the co-founders of the program, to revisit the original inspiration for the program.
The Fairbury, NE TeamMates Chapter was honored with the “Outstanding Chapter: Eastern Region” Award. This award acknowledges chapters that are going above and beyond. Started just a little over one year ago, Fairbury has been and exceptional chapter. Fairbury TeamMates staff and board leadership demonstrate dedication, commitment, and teamwork. Fairbury’s energetic board president, Heidi Steinmeyer has led the chapter in creating a culture of mentoring. Co-coordinators Cathy Simmerman and Andrea Hynek are part of the school staff, enabling a great avenue for communication and energy while continuing a positive school partnership. Fairbury’s mentors define “roaring advocates” by recruiting other mentors, participating in fundraising events, and building community partnerships. Doubling their matches this year, the Fairbury chapter is poised for continued success.
The Annual Partnership Meeting featured Dr. Shane Lopez as the keynote speaker. Dr. Lopez leads research on the links between hope, strengths development, academic success, and overall wellbeing and collaborates with scholars around the world on these issues. His talk focused on creating hope and enhancing the strengths of students. Lopez advocates for a whole-school strengths model that also builds the strengths expertise of educators, parents, and youth development organizations. Dr. Lopez works for Gallup's Clifton Strengths Institute.
The mission of the TeamMates Mentoring Program is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential. The TeamMates Mentoring Program was founded in 1991 by Tom and Nancy Osborne to provide support and encouragement to school-aged youth.
To join the team and be a mentor, call 1-877-531-8326 or go to www.teammates.org