Thank you for your interest in learning more about TeamMates and how it can benefit your student! Check out the information below to learn more about TeamMates and how you can support your student’s relationship with his or her mentor. If you have questions or concerns, you can find the contact information for the Program Coordinator in your student’s school district on TeamMates Chapter pages.
What is TeamMates?
TeamMates is a one-to-one, school-based mentoring program that matches youth in grades 3-12 with a volunteer adult mentor. Mentors serve as a role model, friend, champion, coach, or guide. Your student’s TeamMates mentor will take a personal interest in the growth and development of your student and will meet with your student until he or she graduates from high school if possible.
Mentors and mentees meet once each week during regular school hours at the student’s school. Mentors should not have contact with your student outside of school unless they are in high school and have your written permission to do so. Any meetings outside of school, such as TeamMates Graduation Celebrations, must be approved by you. If you have any concerns about your student’s mentoring relationship, you can call the TeamMates Safety & Ethics Hotline (1-888-788-7727) at any time.
To learn more about TeamMates, please view a short video about the role of a TeamMates mentor. (Password: TeamMates)
How do I know that TeamMates is safe?
Safety is one of TeamMates core values and we take multiple steps to ensure your child will remain safe throughout his or her relationship with a TeamMates mentor. All mentors undergo a thorough screening process, including an application, background check, personal references, and interview process, and must complete an in-person training session prior to being matched with a mentee. Every three years mentors undergo another background check to make sure he or she continues to be a good fit for mentoring your student.
What do mentors and mentees do?
What is my role as a parent or guardian?
- Be positive about the relationship and let your student know you are glad he or she has a mentor.
- Ask your student open-ended questions about how things are going with his or her mentor.
- Sign and completed any needed paperwork in a timely manner so that your student can join the program or participate in any special group activities.
- Remember that the mentor is there specifically for your student and respect the time he or she is giving to the mentoring relationship.