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The mission of TeamMates Mentoring Program is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring. Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour a week in the school setting with a caring adult who serves as a volunteer mentor.

The TeamMates of Beatrice chapter has served Beatrice Public Schools since 1998. TeamMates of Beatrice nominations come from teachers, students, and guidance counselors in the 3rd-8th grades. Students are nominated on the basis of their potential, on their ability to work to success with an adult volunteer, and for the extra encouragement a mentor can provide.

Students and mentors are carefully matched, and mentors are trained and background checked. Although students and mentors meet at school during school hours, we work hard to provide the flexibility mentors need, with varying days and schedules. Mentors are asked to meet consistently but are not expected to meet every week. Mentors and students talk, read, play provided board games, go for walks on school grounds, throw a ball, shoot hoops, work on hobbies, crafts, baking, or studies. They may also attend group events with parent approval. They do not have private meetings outside of school.

Mentors are needed now at Beatrice Public Schools. To volunteer in the TeamMates program or for more information go to www.teammates.org or contact Christina Lyons, Coordinator, clyons@bpsnebr.org (402) 223-1500 ext. 1059

Beatrice Public Schools320 N 5th StreetBeatrice, NE  68310402-223-1500

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