Support TeamMates Mentoring of Bennington through Omaha Gives!
By Stan Turner, TeamMates Coordinator
The TeamMates Mentoring Program began in 1991 with the vision of University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Tom Osborne and his wife, Nancy. Coach Osborne felt that the athletes in his program could make an impact on middle school students, and 22 football players began meeting with middle school students in the Lincoln Public Schools. Now, any student in grades 3-12 is welcome to participate in TeamMates and the TeamMates Chapter of Bennnington is one of more than 150 chapters serving communities in five states. These chapters are serving more than 9,500 students. The Bennington Chapter was formed in the fall of 2014 and created its first matches in early 2015. We currently have 89 matches in grades 3-12 and hope to continue to grow.
TeamMates provides support and encouragement to students through one-to-one, school-based mentoring. Our goal is for mentees to develop safe, positive relationships with their mentors and for those matches to last through high school graduation. The impact of a TeamMates mentor in the life of a young person is remarkable, with mentees being more hopeful and engaged and seeing improvements in their attendance, behavior, and course performance. It is our hope that this one-to-one mentoring relationship will have a “Ripple Effect” for many generations to come.
The Bennington TeamMates Chapter’s Board of Directors has adopted a Scholarship Policy. Any Bennington student who is a TeamMate Mentee graduate and has been in the program for two or more years is eligible for a $500 Scholarship, if they plan on attending any post-secondary educational program. After they finish their first year of post-secondary school, students can apply for the scholarship for their second year as well. Our TeamMates chapter will be using any donated funds to help sustain this scholarship program.
Support the TeamMates Scholarship Fund by making a donation to Omaha Gives at https://www.omahagives.org/bpsf