Communities who are eligible to be a TeamMates chapter need to complete a Request For Proposal(RFP). In completing the RFP, communities need to identify the need for mentoring, develop collaboration within the community and develop a systematic plan for implementation. The steps to become a TeamMates Chapter are explained below.
Steps to Become a TeamMates Chapter
- Request Inquiry Packet
Contact the Central TeamMates office for an “inquiry packet” that includes general information about the TeamMates Mentoring Program including: TeamMates video, brochures, history, and guidelines.
TeamMates Mentoring Program
6801 “O” Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
- Form the TeamMates Governing Board
As a 501c3 Non-profit, a governing board must be established to provide oversight of the program. The board should be comprised of representatives of the school and all aspects of the community. A TeamMates representative will provide training for the governing board.
- Inform the Community
Invite representation from the TeamMates organization to the community to give presentations on the impact of mentoring and the details for initiating the TeamMates Mentoring Program. Presentations may be given to local school boards, social service groups or any interested party.
- Complete RFP (Request for Program)
Once the school district and the community are ready to move forward with starting a program the RFP must be completed and sent to the TeamMates Central Office. Contact your TeamMates representative or the central TeamMates office for the RFP. 1-877-531-TEAM or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Identify Program Coordinator
A coordinator that is an employee of the local school district needs to be identified as the TeamMates Coordinator. The school district may compensate this position in a variety of ways including a stipend, planning period or the position may be written into the job duty. The TeamMates Coordinator will be trained by the TeamMates representative on the policies and the procedures of the TeamMates Mentoring Program.
- Adopt TeamMates Organizational Structure
When the proposal has been reviewed and accepted the governing board will be asked to adopt the TeamMates organizational structure including the chapter agreement, articles of incorporation, by-laws and centralized accounting procedures.