By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Are you thinking about mentoring a student through TeamMates? Have you already applied to be a mentor? Or, are you a parent who wants to know more about the program?
The TeamMates program at Chase County Schools (CCS) has scheduled a training program next Wednesday, Dec 10, from 4-6 p.m. at the school.
Anyone interested is invited to attend, according to CCS high school guidance counselor Trent Herbert. “Parents can learn more about the program,” he said, “and people who are not sure about applying (as mentors) can come to the training, learn more about the program and decide.” The training will be conducted by Annette Woodhead of TeamMates.
Ten fifth grade students, who have already applied to participate, will be matched with 10 mentors after Christmas break, Herbert said.
As of Monday, 25 persons had applied to be mentors. Interested persons may still apply by contacting a TeamMate board member or Herbert at the school.
Four of the students have completed their paperwork, and Herbert said the others are working on theirs.
TeamMates is a program begun by former University of Nebraska-Lincoln football coach and athletic director Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy.
The mission of the program is to “positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential.”
To do so, the program matches adults with students with similar interests. The pair meets once a week at the school for an hour.
Currently there are more than 6,000 youths in 115 communities across Nebraska participating.
Hershey Public Schools began its TeamMate program about six years ago, and last year had 107 students in grades 3-12 involved.
CCS is beginning with 10 youths, and hoping to expand.
Board members include Sheila Stromberger, president; Matt Maxwell, vice president; Steve Lewis, secretary; Jason Tuller, treasurer, and Chris Lee, Char Wallin, Elizabeth Haarberg, Josh Fries, Ryan Wisnieski, Herbert and Shannon Waggoner, elementary counselor.
The board is planning fundraising events. The proceeds will pay for materials, training and insurance in the future.