TeamMates …Make a DIFFERENCE one child at a time!

Read about our local TeamMates: Spotlight on TeamMates in Lexington

We are so fortunate to have the TeamMates Program part of our Lexington Middle School.  One hour…once a week…two lives changed forever!

What is TeamMates?

TeamMates is a school based, one-to-one mentoring program founded by Tom and Nancy Osborne in 1991.  The Mission of TeamMates is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential.  Dr. Tom Osborne, who at the time was the head coach of the Nebraska football team, started the program.  He asked his players to give back to the community by going into the schools in Lincoln to be matched with a student in an effort to provide support and encouragement to the youth.  One goal of the TeamMates program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education.

What is a TeamMates’ Mentor?

A TeamMates Mentor is someone who provides a young person with support, friendship, and a positive example.  TeamMates’ Mentors want to help students be all that they can be.           

Who Could be a Mentee?

What student could not benefit from having a mentor listen to them, cheer  for them, encourage them to become whatever it is that they want to become?  Young people like being around positive, successful adult role models.  Young people want guidance in setting and achieving goals.

What are Some Facts about TeamMates Mentoring Program?

Research shows that 49% of TeamMates youth experience improvement in grades, 76% show fewer disciplinary referrals and 82% improve attenance at school.

During the 2010/2011 school year TeamMates reached 5,000 matches and they have set the goal of 10,000by 2015.

TeamMates is now in California, Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa.

What do I do During Mentor Time?

TeamMates matches meet at school so you have a safe place to meet and are surrounded by reasources.  You can take time to listen, play a game, share a hobby, work on a puzzle, or shoot a few hoops.  There are many fun things to do.

How can I help make the one hour difference?

By becoming a TeamMates’ Mentor or making a donation to TeamMates.

Update: April 13, 2016

Lexington TeamMates Mentoring Program Spring 2016 Update
The TeamMates Difference

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 once a week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor.

The Lexington TeamMates Mentoring Program was started in 1995 and continues today with the support of the community. The Lexington TeamMates program has tripled in size within the few years due to caring community members donating their time. We believe that mentoring is a powerful tool to help kids succeed in life. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision.

Snapshot of 2015-2016 Academic Year

Over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, the Lexington TeamMates Mentoring Program has been able to match 18 new mentors and student mentees in our program.   Coming into the year, our matched students had a 68% improvement in academic performance, 91% few disciplinary referrals, and 97% few unexcused absences.    Our mentors have visited their student mentees an average of 26 times throughout this school year, spending any where from 20 minutes to one hour with them.

We have been able to get out in the community as well and have some fun.  During the fall of 2015, we hosted our annual Tailgate fundraiser at the Lexington High School Homecoming Football game.  We were able to raise about half of the money necessary to run our program for the year.  During the winter, we were able to do a few fun activities including watching a movie at the newly-renovated Majestic Theatre and doing a Christmas Tree Ornament Decorating event that allowed us to display our ornaments at the Dawson County Museum.  To wrap the year up, we have been to Cozad’s Natural Escapes to do pottery painting and will be traveling to Lincoln this weekend for the Cornhusker Spring Game.  We are very honored and lucky to have one of our senior TeamMates’ mentees speaking during the honor ceremony for graduating TeamMates across the state.

Moving Forward

It is the mission of TeamMates to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.  With that said, the TeamMates Mentoring Program will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and we want to do our part in Lexington by getting our chapter up to 100 matches.  That means we need caring adults to help inspire the current 20 students who are still waiting to be matched in our program.  These students range from 6th graders to 10th graders.  They have hopes of being football players, computer engineers, artists, musicians, physical therapists, and so much more.  These students are at the top of most of their classes but they need an additional caring adult in their life to help them get through high school and graduation.  

For more information about how to become a TeamMates Mentor or student mentee, please contact:

Torri McCracken, Lexington TeamMates Program Coordinator