School-Based Mentoring

TeamMates matches meet once a week in school during the academic year. Mentors and mentees usually play board games, shoot hoops, do a craft, or just talk.



TeamMates provides support through your mentoring journey. From helpful toolkits and in-school coordinators to scholarships for mentees, we do all we can to make you and your mentee feel comfortable during your mentoring relationship.


Create the Ripple

Mentoring can create a ripple effect through the generations. Since 1991, we’ve seen almost 100 mentees pay their experience forward by becoming mentors through TeamMates.

Our Vision

Inspire students to develop their full potential and realize a successful and meaningful life through mentoring.

Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne

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.

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