TeamMates Mentoring Program aims to impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential. TeamMates strives to be the gold standard for school-based mentoring through its values of commitment to youth, safety, integrity, trust and inclusion. As a school-based mentoring program, TeamMates makes its program easily accessible for all youth by meeting at a school during school hours and during the school year. All youth can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Whether in a formal relationship such as TeamMates or an informal relationship such as a neighbor or relative, everyone needs a positive role model to provide guidance and wisdom. The role of a mentor is to identify the strengths and talents of a student.

A youth in the TeamMates Mentoring Program is called a mentee. They are identified for their strengths and have expressed a desire to have a mentor. A mentor's role is to provide additional support and encouragement to the mentee. Students may self-nominate or a parent or teacher may nominate a young person to have a mentor. Students in Grades 3 through 12 are eligible. TeamMates mentees consistently maintain or improve their grades, attendance and behavior based on data collected through partnerships with local school districts. There is a positive correlation between students looking forward to seeing their mentors and overall levels of hope, engagement and well-being.

TeamMates is always looking for adult volunteers (mentors) who want to build a positive relationship with a student in order to help them reach their full potential. You can start mentoring at any time during the school year. By volunteering just one time a week, mentors build a friendship with the student and provide support, encouragement and guidance. Mentors must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or GED equivalent. During weekly meetings, mentors focus on the strengths of youth and let youth take the lead in determining activities. Some matches play board games while others eat lunch, talk, work on a craft or go to the school gym. Mentors often report that they believe they have received much more from the mentoring relationship than they have given.

To sign up as a mentor, visit teammates.org and complete the application. Once your application has been approved, mentors start training and upon completion get to meet their mentees. It is TeamMates' hope that by 2020, its program will have reached more than 12,000 youths. To help it meet this goal, please sign up to become a mentor or contact TeamMates at 877-531-8326.

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