About Us

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“Our mission is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.”

The TeamMates Mentoring Program was founded in 1991 by Tom & Nancy Osborne 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. TeamMates has been in Grand Island since 1998. TeamMates of Grand Island serves students in Grand Island Public Schools, Northwest Public Schools and Central Catholic Schools.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who provides a young person with support, friendship, and a positive example. Mentors want to help young people reach their full potential.

How much time will it take?

One Hour a Week.TeamMates Mentoring Program asks that you make a commitment of meeting with your student for one hour a week in a school setting for a minimum of one year. The ultimate goal would be to mentor the same student from middle through high school and celebrate graduation.

What do I do during mentoring time?

Spend time listening and encouraging your mentee. Take some time to have a little fun like playing a game. Share a hobby. Work on a puzzle. Help your mentee develop a resume or just surf the net!

Who are mentors?

Mentors are adults 18 and over who have graduated from high school. They include members of Service Organizations, Local Businesses, Media, Civic Groups, Faith Based Organizations, Government Agencies, Retirees, Professional Associations and those willing to Make the One Hour Difference!

“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

Grand Island Staff

Nancy Jones, Program Coordinator

308-385-5950

njones@gips.org

Kathy Boroff, School Coordinator, Barr Middle School

308-385-5875

kboroff@gips.org

Stacey Zimmerman, School Coordinator, Walnut Middle School

308-385-5990

szimmerman@gips.org

Grand Island Executive Board

Kirk Ramsey, Co-President

Jolene Lemburg, Co-President

Travis Hasselman, Vice-President

Kris Schneider, Secretary

Justin Johnson, Treasurer

Todd Anania

George Ayoub

Dave Beacom

Ann Greving Brown

Matt Green

Virgil Harden

Lynda Waring Houser

Connie Luther

Lisa Willman