The Holt County TeamMates Chapter honored their Mentors & Mentees at the O’Neill Eagles – vs – West Holt Huskies basketball game on January 29, 2015. January is National Mentoring Month and our chapter is currently supporting 32 matches at O’Neill Jr/Sr High, O’Neill Elementary, St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s and West Holt Schools. Thank you to all of our mentors that share their precious gift of time with all of these wonderful students!
July 20, 2014
The Holt County Hometown Leadership Institute (HLI) #10 joined forces with TeamMates to promote one-to-one mentoring at the local O’Neill Summerfest celebration. HLI built a large ball pit for the, Take a Seat, Make a Friend activity. Summerfest attendees, ages Jr. High through adults were encouraged to enter the ball pit with one other person they didn’t know, to take a seat and make a friend! Intriguing questions were provided on the large balls in the ball pit to spark the conversation to get to know one another. This new event was not only a lot of fun, but helped people realize that it can be pretty easy to get to know someone new, much like the beginning of a mentoring relationship.
Informational brochures about how to get involved with TeamMates were handed out by the Holt County TeamMates Coordinator and Board Members. Pictured with the ball pit above are; TeamMates Board members; Kris Harvey & Nicole Sedlacek, HLI members; Brian Sedlacek, Taylor & Makayla Oltjenbruns and TeamMates Coordinator, Connie Gildersleeve.
May 12, 2014
Holt County TeamMates hosted an end of the school year Pizza Party at the O’Neill Public Schools Central Office. TeamMates Mentors and Mentees were joined by the Board of Directors and Coordinator for a pizza dinner, followed by a crazy shoe search! Everyone present was instructed to throw one of their shoes in a giant shoe pile in the middle of the room. Then each person picked a shoe from the pile and searched for its owner! When the dust settled, the TeamMates went around the room and introduced the person whose shoe they had found and introduced them to the rest of the group by telling how they were a part of Teammates!
The evening continued as TeamMates matches shared some of their favorite mentoring moments together. Honorary medallions were presented to the Senior TeamMates who were graduating in May. Special recognition was also given to the Mentors that had met with their mentees 24 or more times throughout the school year. The students went home with new TeamMates backpacks and new memories made with their fellow Holt County TeamMates.
May 10, 2014
Holt County TeamMates Coordinator, Connie Gildersleeve greeted guests of the Roots Style Show held at the O”™Neill Community Center. Informational flyers were shared about the school-based mentoring program as adults were encouraged to become a TeamMates mentor for a student in one of the active schools in the Holt County TeamMates Chapter.