TeamMates Mentoring Program

The TeamMates Mentoring Program of Bellevue established its Board of Directors in September of 2012. Over the past two years, the program has grown tremendously and is constantly striving to improve mentoring services to youth. In June of 2014, the board members met to refine the strategic plan and vision for the program. The board set the vision for the TeamMates Mentoring Program of Bellevue to serve 185 youth by 2017 with 100% of TeamMates graduates having a post-secondary plan. To realize this vision, the board will be recruiting new mentors, providing additional support to new and existing matches, continuing to promoe the TeamMates Mentoring Program in the school and community, and working closely with TeamMates Post-Secondary Specialist, DeMoine Adams.

TeamMates Executive Director, Suzanne Hince and Metro Regional Coordinator, Kelly Sears were on hand to provide leadership at the strategic planning session. ‘I am very excited about the vision for TeamMates of Bellevue. The chapter has great leadership and a strong commitment to youth,” said Hince.

The TeamMates Mentoring Program makes mentoring easy. Mentors meet one hour week at the school. Mentors are asked to develop a friendly relationship with youth by having lunch together, playing games, working on projects or just talking. Mentoring help identify the natural strengths and talents of youth.

Preparing For Success


      As a mentor, you play an instrumental role in guiding your mentee to a successful future.  All students at Bellevue East and Bellevue West have access to the Career Center at both schools with an abundance of resources and professional guidance by our staff.   So, you may be asking, “Where do I start?”  “What can I do to prepare my mentee for the future?”  Here are a few tips to get you started.

What can you do right now to help prepare your mentee for the next 4-8 years?It’s important that you support your mentee throughout their college planning- help them organize the process, meet deadlines, and talk with the right people. Here are a few tips to consider:

Listen. Be receptive to and listen when your mentee wants to discuss career and/or college plans.

Explore. Have your mentee explore career and college options and collect as much information as possible. Talk about where they see themselves in 5 years. What are some of their goals?

Encourage. Encourage them to capture their ideas on paper. One idea is to create a scrapbook of their plans for career and college.

Be aware. Be aware of various deadlines for applications to colleges and financial aid. Put them on a calendar that both you and your teen can look at.

Step in. Suggest that your mentee meet with a school counselor at least once a year, beginning in the 10th grade, to learn more about college and career planning. Work with your TeamMates Support Staff to find a tutor, if you mentee would like one.

Be supportive. Be supportive of your mentee, and meet with their counselor if you sense that he or she needs additional help. Help with homework if needed.

Connect to career. Encourage your mentee by helping them see the connection between college and career. Emphasize the importance of selecting a major that helps them prepare for a career. Help them arrange job shadowing if possible.

Research. If your mentee is undecided about a career direction, do not try to fix it. Let them look into all the possibilities. Research with your mentee trade schools, colleges, business schools, and other organizations.

 Together with your mentee check out the Harvard Mentoring Project’s Website at to learn about famous, successful people and their mentors. You can learn about who mentored: Colin Powell, Quincy Jones, and Oprah Winfrey, etc.

 For other tips and suggestions, please check out this toolbox:


Gallup Strengths Comes to Bellevue


Gallup StrengthsFinder, rooted in many years of research, identifies the strengths of individuals and provides an on-line assessment that describes the natural talents of people. It provides a common language to expand conversations about what is right with people. Strength-based relationships have a profound impact on student development and performance. Mentors and mentees
can better understand and maximize the unique human potential that each person brings to their roles in school and life.
Applying strengths will:

  • Help students learn more about their unique talents
  • Enable students to use his or her natural patterns of
  • thought, feeling, and behavior and apply them to
  • activities within and outside of school.
  • Impact students”™ lives positively.
  • Influence each student”™s achievement.
  • Match students to developmental experiences that foster
  • leaps in growth.

Each of the Bellevue TeamMates Coordinators have taken the
StrengthsFinder and the goal is to have mentors and mentees
do the same/ This is a powerful resource for matches, and
there is a wealth of activities for you to do during your meeting
times. In order for mentees to participate in the
StrengthsFinder, the mentor must take StrengthsFinder.


Why Mentor?


imagesSo, you know about the mentoring needs for the TeamMates Mentoring Program of Bellevue. Now, read about the Benefits of Mentoring. Did you know that mentoring can actually make you more productive in the workplace, too?

Just imagine your role as a mentor and your work with a mentee. Notice the beautiful grandeur of this scene. While sometimes the mountain seems insurmountable, there is the serenity of the mountain lake just below. No challenges are too great.

To re-affirm the value of a mentor, check out this video.