Join the Norris Team. Be a Mentor.
Contact Mary Ann Franken, Program Coordinator, for more information about how to become a TeamMates mentor or for more information at 402-791-0020.
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 build a positive relationship with a student in order to help the student reach their full potential.
Who can volunteer?
Adults who care about youth and are positive role models are encouraged to volunteer. Mentors must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
What are the benefits?
Mentors make an investment in the future. Youth benefit by receiving encouragement and guidance from a caring adult.
What happens during a mentoring session?
Each mentoring relationship is unique. Mentoring sessions happen once a week for one hour. Activities include sharing a hobby or special interest, playing a game, helping with homework, or simply sharing thoughts and ideas.
What age of youth are involved?
Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to participate in the TeamMates program.
How can a student become involved in TeamMates?
Students are nominated by a caring adult in their life. This person is usually a teacher, guidance counselor, or parent.
How is TeamMates funded?
Every TeamMates program is funded locally by donations or fundraisers that are conducted throughout the year.
How can I support TeamMates?
There are many ways you can support TeamMates. These include becoming a mentor, making a donation, providing in-kind services, and encouraging your friends and family to become involved.