The mission of TeamMates is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.
In 1991, Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of TeamMates is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one time 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. TeamMates currently provides mentors to over 8,000 youth in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming, including more than 1,200 students in Lincoln.
Lincoln TeamMates Vision
To become the gold standard of school-based mentoring programs as a chapter and serve 2,000 youth by 2020.
Lincoln TeamMates Core Values
- Commitment to youth — We are committed to serving youth with compassion and respect.
- Safety — The safety and protection of the mentee and mentor is first priority.
- Integrity and Trust — We are committed to integrity and trust in all relationships.
- Inclusion — We are committed to the inclusion of mentees and mentors from diverse backgrounds.
Investing in the Future
“Our young people face different challenges today that affect them personally. If we are going to make a difference, we have to get involved with them as one-to-one mentors. We thank you for your support and we know that one student at a time, we can make a difference, not only in this generation, but for the generations to come.”
Dr. Tom & Nancy Osborne