FAQs

Why mentor?

Mentoring is making an investment in the future. By spending just one hour each week with a student and showing your interest in their life, you can increase the likelihood they will graduate from high school and become a contributing member of society. Mentors help identify the gifts and talents of young people that provide them a sense of hope and vision for their life.

How can I support TeamMates?

There are many ways you can support TeamMates and each way makes an important investment in the future. These include becoming a mentor, making a donation, providing in-kind services, being the host site for a TeamMates candy machine, or encouraging your friends and colleagues to become involved.

What happens during a mentoring session?

Each mentoring relationship is unique. However, the sessions happen weekly for one hour and the focus ranges from helping with homework, to sharing a hobby or special interest, to simply sharing thoughts and ideas.

How is TeamMates funded?

Each TeamMates chapter is funded locally by donations and the fundraisers that are conducted throughout the year. The average cost to support a mentor/mentee match is $400. The national average $1,000 to $2,000.

How can a student become involved?

Students can either self-nominate or they are nominated for the program by a caring adult in their life. Typically, this is a teacher, guidance counselor, parent, or community member.

What age of youth are involved in TeamMates?

TeamMates focuses on mentoring youth beginning as early as 3rd grade. Mentors are encouraged to continue in the mentoring relationship until the student graduates from high school.