TeamMates celebrates mentors during National Mentoring Month

WAUSA — TeamMates coordinators and staff are saying thank you to mentors for simply being there for students in Wausa.

January 1 marked the start of National Mentoring Month.

Nationwide, programs are honoring mentors for their service and the impact they’re making on youth.

Currently, TeamMates of Wausa is supporting 22 matches plus five more incoming mentors. Mentors are meeting each week with 22 students in Wausa Public Schools with a goal of serving 30 students by next summer.

Organizers said they want “to extend a heartfelt thank you to all mentors investing in the students in Wausa. It takes a village to raise a child.”

We believe every student in Wausa can benefit from a mentor and that is our goal. As one Wausa mentee recently said, “there are so many kids in my class that want to be in TeamMates because it is so fun.” Please consider joining our team and helping us meet our goal of 30 matches.

TeamMates Executive Director Sarah Waldman said they are thankful so many mentors are able to put in the time to help local students grow and learn.

“We are grateful for every TeamMates mentor,” Waldman said. “Every TeamMates mentor I speak with talks about how mentoring has been an incredibly positive experience for them. I hope more caring adults will join us so they too can experience the positive impact of mentoring.”

The mission of the TeamMates Mentoring Program is to impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential. TeamMates serves more than 10,000 youth in 170+ communities across Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, South Dakota, and Iowa. Mentors meet with their mentees one-on-one in school, once a week, during the academic year.

Mentees can be nominated one of three ways. They can be nominated by a parent, a school staff member, or self-nomination. Mentors are not tutors, counselors, nor are they there to “fix” anything— they’re there to be friends. Mentors are matched with mentees based on interests and life experiences.

To schedule an interview about the TeamMates Mentoring Program, please contact Hannah Miller at Hannah@teammates.org or Chris Johnson at wausateammates2019@gmail.com.

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