Is TeamMates Working?
With more than 140 chapters serving over 8,000 matches, how effective is the TeamMates Mentoring Program in improving the lives of each student? Explore the two sections below to see how TeamMates students see improvements in their personal and school lives.
Improving Hope, Engagement, and Wellbeing in Students
TeamMates is dedicated to providing mentoring for students in order to improve their hope and engagement, thus positively impacting their overall wellbeing and academic success.
Hope: The ideas and energy students have for the future. Hopeful students are more likely to be energetic, have a positive mindset, and believe they have the power to make the future better than the present.
Engagement: The student’s level of involvement in enthusiasm for school. Engaged students often feel their schoolwork is important and they have the opportunity to do their best every day.
Wellbeing: How students assess their current lives and how they feel their lives will be in the future. Students with a higher wellbeing tend to have positive thoughts of their present and future lives, good health, and strong social connections.
Data collected through the Gallup Strengths project has demonstrated the positive impact of TeamMates, a strengths-based mentoring program. Mentees who received strengths training as a part of their mentoring were more likely to look forward to spending time with their mentor than those who did not. Why does this matter?
TeamMates mentees who look forward to seeing his or her mentor have higher levels of hope, engagement in school, and overall well-being.
Student ABC’s: Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance
The impact of a TeamMates mentor on the mentee is profound, with the majority seeing improvements in their academic performance and a reduction in the number of unexcused absences and disciplinary referrals.
The above chart tracks improvements in a mentee’s ABC’s – attendance, behavior, and course performance – after participation in the TeamMates Mentoring program. During the 2014-2015 school year:
- 75% of TeamMates mentees had fewer unexcused absences
- 84% of TeamMates mentees experienced fewer disciplinary referrals
- 55% of TeamMates mentees improved their academic performance
- Impact of Strengths-Based Mentoring on Student Hope, Engagement, and Wellbeing Addresses questions about the impact of strength-based mentoring on student hope, engagement, wellbeing, self-efficacy, and perceptions of their mentor (Calderon, 2011).
- TeamMates Gallup Research Studies the influence of strengths-based mentoring on student engagement (2011).
- Mentoring: A Parent Community/Partnership That Works Explains how the TeamMates program has most directly benefited students and their families and explores additional work and family benefits for mentors (Dappen & Isernhagen 2011).
- Developing a Student Mentoring Program: Building Connections Describes the development and implementation of an adult-student mentoring program, identifies some cautions, and provides specific direction for program support (Dappen & Isernhagen, 2005).
- Gallup Student Success Model An analysis of how to use strengths development to lead to student success (Lopez, 2011).
- Don’t Quit on Me Examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving, and returning to high school (Center for Promise, 2015).
- The Mentoring Effect Studies young people’s perspectives on the outcomes and availability of mentoring (MENTOR, 2014).
- Don’t Call Them Dropouts Research that provides reasons why many young people do not finish high school on the traditional four-year timeline (America’s Promise Alliance, 2014).
- The Science of Resilience A brief study of how using resilience to reduce the effects of adversity on young children is critical to society (Center on the Developing Child, 2015).
- Mentoring Programs Affect Delinquency Studies the effect of mentoring processes on youth at risk for delinquency and other associated outcomes, including aggression, drug use, academics, etc. (Springer Science, 2013).
- Importance of Middle Grades Explains the important role of the middle grades in putting students on the right high school graduation path (National Middle School Association, 2009).