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TeamMates’ Scholarship Fund Sprouts from Monsanto Donation

Maywood TeamMates Chapter received a $2,500 donation from the Monsanto Company out of Lincoln on September 18th. We were recommended by John Scharf, of Curtis, to receive this donation. Our chapter will put this money in our Scholarship fund for students in the program. Pictured: (L to R) Karen Smith (board member & mentor), Patricia Bauer (Coordinator & Mentor), Kyle Carroll (board member & mentor), Annette Woodhead (Regional Coordinator of the Western District), John Scharf (Monsanto), and Lee Koubek (Monsanto).

What is TeamMates?

Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school-aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour 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 lives of a young people. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision. The TeamMates Mentoring Program currently provides a mentor for over 7,000 youth across Nebraska and Iowa.

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.

TeamMates vision is to serve 10,000 youth and be nationally recognized as the leading school-based mentoring program by 2015.

Closing the Gap

The National Mentoring Partnership has identified a "mentoring gap" and has issued a nationwide call to action. The partnership estimates 15 million youth are currently in need of a mentor. The need is great for caring adults in the lives of youth and with your help we can make a difference, one youth at a time. Regardless of your background or your professional position, you have a role to play in the future of mentoring. By supporting the TeamMates Mentoring Program, you can change the future for an entire generation of young people.

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