Create the Ripple
The mission of the TeamMates Mentoring Program is to impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.
To become the gold-standard of school-based mentoring programs and serve 12,000 youth by 2020.
How Did TeamMates Start?
Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne started the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 with 22 University of Nebraska-Lincoln football players and 22 Lincoln middle school students.
Coach Osborne felt the athletes in his program could make an impact on the students.
Of the 22 original mentees, 21 went on to graduate from high school while one left school early to pursue a successful Motocross career. 18 of those original mentees also went on to pursue a post-secondary education.
The TeamMates Mentoring Program was formalized as a statewide program in 1998 and has grown to serve chapters across four states.