History of the Program
TeamMates Mentoring Program began in 1991 with the vision of University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy. Twenty-two football players met with middle school students in the Lincoln Public Schools. Coach Osborne felt that the athletes in his program could make an impact on the middle school students.
In 1997, the program was expanded to include 160 volunteer mentors from the Lincoln community who met with a student for one hour a week in the school setting. It was believed that these students could benefit from another caring adult in their life.
The TeamMates Mentoring Program was formalized as a statewide program in 1998 with 12 chapters and 441 mentor/mentee matches. Today, TeamMates includes 131 chapters serving more than 7,000 students in grades 3-12. TeamMates successfully partners with local school districts from the largest urban schools to some of the smallest and most isolated rural schools. The program matches a student with an adult volunteer mentor to provide one hour of individual mentoring each week during the school year. Activities during the mentoring hour range from homework assignments to sharing common interests to simply engaging in conversation.
The Currens Story
Tom Osborne shares the story of Currens and how mentoring has a generational impact on youth and their families.