Treynor CSD TeamMates
If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Danie Floerchinger or Carrie Currin.
What is TeamMates?
The mission of TeamMates is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.
Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring 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 up to one hour per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision.
How to become a Mentor
What are the qualifications for a volunteer?
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.
Mentoring is making an investment in the future. By spending up to 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 become a contributing member of society. Mentors help identify the gifts and talents of young people that provide them a sense of hope and vision for their life.
What are the Age of the Youth?
TeamMates focuses on mentoring youth beginning as early as 3rd grade. Mentors are encouraged to continue in the mentoring relationship until the student graduates from high school.
How can a student become involved?
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. This program is for all students, not just "at-risk" students.
What happens during a mentoring session?
Each mentoring relationship is unique. However, the sessions happen weekly for up to an hour and the focus ranges from helping with homework, to sharing a hobby or special interest, to simply sharing thoughts and ideas. Sessions happen within the school day time frame, and can be during, before or after school.
Where can I learn even more about this program?
Visit the official Teammates.org website.