The Missouri Valley Community School District became part of the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 2008 after researching many mentoring options. The vision and mission of the program founded by Tom and Nancy Osborne in 1991 was ultimately what sold the program to Missouri Valley CSD. Missouri Valley CSD was searching for a program that would 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. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision.
What is a TeamMates Mentor?
A TeamMates mentor is any adult 18 or older with an interest in supporting a young person in grades 3-12. Mentors are a positive role model and friend to a young person.
How Does the Program Work?
As a school based programs mentors meet with their mentee at the school building during school hours. Mentors are only asked to spend ONE HOUR a week with their mentee.
What is expected of the mentor during meeting time?
Mentors are asked to be a friend and positive role model. Many matches play games, work on projects, or focus on academics. Each match is unique and activities vary based on interests of the match.