What is TeamMates?
TeamMates is a school-based, one-to-one mentoring program co-founded by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne. The focus of the mentoring relationship is for an adult volunteer to help build a positive relationship with a student and help them reach their full potential.
Who can mentor?
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.
What age of youth are involved in Lincoln TeamMates?
Lincoln TeamMates focuses on mentoring youth beginning at 3rd grade. Mentors can start mentoring a student at any grade level and are encouraged to continue in the mentoring relationship until the student graduates from high school.
How can a student become involved?
Typically, students are nominated for a mentor by a teacher, other school staff member, or parent. Students can also nominate themselves.
What do we do when we meet each week?
Each mentoring relationship is unique. You should let your mentee take the lead in deciding what to do during your time together. Play a board game or cards, do a craft, read, talk about your week, or go to the school gym! Visit the Lincoln TeamMates Activity Page for more ideas!
What is the difference between a mentor and a tutor?
A tutor's role is specifically to help with school work. The role of a mentor, on the other hand, is to be in an unconditionally caring, supportive relationship with the young person.
How do I ensure I’m matched with a student who wants to meet with me?
All students have indicated to their TeamMates Facilitator that they want to have a mentor. The TeamMates Facilitator meets with you before making a match – this is your opportunity to let the facilitator know your interests, hobbies and schedule. Matching is made based on similar interests.
Is a mentor expected to ‘fix’ the student?
Students are responsible for their own success; however, a mentor’s encouragement can have a profound impact upon the student. Mentors serve as role models and help students identify and use their strengths in realizing their goals. Mentors provide unconditional acceptance and positive feedback to the youth they mentor.
What types of support and programming does Lincoln TeamMates offer mentors?
Lincoln TeamMates wants every mentor to feel confident and comfortable working with his or her mentee. Mentor News and Mentor Academies are monthly opportunities for mentors to network with other mentors and learn valuable information about youth, their development, and other information useful in mentoring. All mentors are encouraged to subscribe to Mentor News, a monthly email with important information and updates about Lincoln TeamMates. A TeamMates Facilitator at each school provides on-site support for mentors and mentees, and the Lincoln TeamMates staff, including three full-time Mentor Support Specialists, are always available.
How can I support Lincoln TeamMates?
There are many ways you can support Lincoln TeamMates and each way makes an important investment in the future.
Ways to support include:
When you volunteer as a mentor, you make an investment in the future–the future of a young person and, ultimately, the future for everyone in the community. When you meet each week with a student and show your interest in your mentee’s life, you increase the likelihood that he or she will graduate from high school and become a contributing member of the community. When you help your mentee identify the gifts and talents that he or she has, you inspire a sense of hope and help your mentee create a vision for the future. Mentoring is also a rewarding life experience for those who serve as mentors. Mentors often report feeling they have received more from the mentoring relationship than they have given.