National Mentoring Month – TEAMMATES 2018

January is National Mentoring Month. The TeamMates mentoring program founded by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne, matches students with caring adults. Mentors and mentees meet for 30 minutes once a week during school hours. TeamMates would like to thank all of our mentors:  Kristie Bohac, Alice Pecka, Dave Burklund, Esther Ryan, Jennifer Frasier- Davison, Ron Bottorff, Barb Ohnoutka, Tammie Holley, Kendra Detweiler, Shirley Eichmeier, Brad Breitkreutz.  Our newest mentors Deb Brooks, Darrell Walla, Mike Unverferth and Karrie Donahue will soon be matched with students!   We are always looking for new mentors and have a waiting list of mentees; please contact Kristine M. White at  for more information about how to become a mentor or go to to register today!

The TeamMates Program was founded in 1991 by Tom and Nancy Osborne in order to provide the support and encouragement youth need to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education, TeamMates currently provides a mentor to over 7,500 youth in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Wyoming.  The TeamMates vision is to become the gold standard of school-based mentoring programs and serve 12,000 youth by 2020.

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.

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


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