In order to ensure that new chapters meet the Gold Standard for school-based mentoring, TeamMates requires the support of both the school district and the local community.
School District Support
As a school-based mentoring program, TeamMates asks school districts to partner with the chapter in order to facilitate high-quality mentoring for its students. In addition to providing youth and their mentors with space in which to meet, TeamMates asks schools to support the chapter in a variety of ways.
- Designate a Program Coordinator and provide him or her with enough time to serve TeamMates matches in the district
- Assign one or more Building Coordinators, if necessary based on district structure or the number of youth matched with a mentor
- Provide transportation to TeamMates group celebrations and local chapter events
- Formally approve the TeamMates chapter at a school board meeting
- Give coordinators and/or board members on staff time to attend TeamMates Annual Partnership and Leadership Summit meetings
- Coordinate with TeamMates regarding attendance, behavior, and course performance data for youth
Every chapter needs mentors and a small level of local funding. Having support from key community leaders, organizations, and companies helps ensure that chapters have the adult volunteers and financial support they need to be successful now and in the future. The community shows support by:
- Writing letters of recommendation during the Request for Program process
- Serving on the chapter governing board
- Pledging financial support
- Providing employees with time to mentor during the work day
- Encouraging group members to mentor
- Allowing TeamMates to present during staff or service group meetings