TeamMates

 TeamMates …Make a DIFFERENCE one child at a time!

We are so fortunate to have the TeamMates Program part of our Lexington Middle School.  One hour…once a week…two lives changed forever!

Lexington TeamMates Mentoring Program Spring 2019 Update

Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet once a week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor.

The Lexington TeamMates Mentoring Program was started in 1995 and continues today with the support of the community. The Lexington TeamMates program serves nearly 60 youth from Lexington Middle School and Lexington High School. We believe that mentoring is a powerful tool to help kids succeed in life. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose, and vision.

Snapshot of 2017-2018 Academic Year

Over the course of the last full school year, the Lexington TeamMates Mentoring Program was able to pair 7 new mentor /mentee matches in our program.  Coming into the year, our matched students had a 47% improvement in academic performance, 76% fewer disciplinary referrals, and 81% fewer unexcused absences.  Our mentors have visited their student mentees an average of 15 times throughout this school year, spending anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour with them.

We have been able to get out in the community as well and have some fun.  During the fall of 2018, we had our Back to School event at Strike & Spare Bowling Alley, held a movie night at the Majestic Theater, and also did our annual tailgate fundraiser at the Lexington High School basketball game.  During the Spring of 2019 we plan to travel to Lincoln for the UNL Red/White Spring Game and attend the End of the Year Senior Celebration to honor our Senior Mentees and their Mentors.  We are very honored to have two Senior Mentees being awarded with TeamMates Scholarships at the celebration.

Moving Forward

It is the mission of TeamMates to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.  With that said, the TeamMates of Lexington Program has a goal to match 10 new mentees with mentors from the community each year. That means we need caring adults to help inspire the current students who are still waiting to be matched in our program.  These students range from 6th graders to 11th graders.  They have hopes of being football players, computer engineers, artists, musicians, physical therapists, and so much more.  These students are at the top of most of their classes, but they need an additional caring adult in their life to help them  guide them through high school, graduation, and planning what’s next.

For more information about how to become a TeamMates Mentor or student mentee, please contact:

Torri McCracken, Lexington TeamMates Program Coordinator, torri.mccracken@lexschools.org, 308-324-1255

Jessica Gruntorad, Lexington High School Coordinator, jessica.gruntorad@lexschools.org, 308-324-4691


Updated: 11/12/18

We Have Spirit! Yes, We Do!
School Employees Demonstrate their Support for TEAM Day

For just a $5 donation, employees of Lexington Public Schools dawned gear or team colors from all athletic levels, and a variety of different sports. Of course our favorite were those who wore our own school team, but at the end of the day everyone was a winner for being the “Biggest Fan” and supporting the kids in our local TeamMates Mentoring Program.

Across the TeamMates organization, more than 8,000 youth in the TeamMates Mentoring Program see their Biggest Fan once a week during the school year when they meet with their TeamMates mentor. Mentees receive support and encouragement as their mentor advocates and cheers them on through their school years providing hope and a positive vision for their future at the post-secondary level.  

TeamMates Mentoring Program of Lexington is so pleased with the support of the LPS Staff Members and their efforts to generate awareness for the need of mentors and financial support for our Chapter.

If you missed out on TEAM Day and would like to support the Lexington TeamMates Chapter, we invite you to remember us on Give BIG Lexington Day this Thursday, November 15th, and/or join us at our Annual Tailgate during the basketball games on Thursday, December 6th  starting at 5:30pm in the Lexington High School cafeteria.

For more information on how you can support our local TeamMates Chapter or become a mentor in our local chapter, please contact:  Torri McCracken 308-324-1255/ torri.mccracken@lexschools.org.

The TeamMates Mentoring Program was founded in 1991 by Tom and Nancy Osborne to provide support and encouragement to school-aged youth.   The TeamMates Mentoring Program currently serves more than 8,000 youth in more than 150 chapters across Nebraska and Iowa.  To be a mentor, call 1-877-531-8326 or go to www.teammates.org.   

   


Update: April 13, 2016

Lexington TeamMates Mentoring Program Spring 2016 Update
The TeamMates Difference

Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet once a week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor.

The Lexington TeamMates Mentoring Program was started in 1995 and continues today with the support of the community. The Lexington TeamMates program has tripled in size within the few years due to caring community members donating their time. We believe that mentoring is a powerful tool to help kids succeed in life. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision.

Snapshot of 2015-2016 Academic Year

Over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, the Lexington TeamMates Mentoring Program has been able to match 18 new mentors and student mentees in our program.   Coming into the year, our matched students had a 68% improvement in academic performance, 91% few disciplinary referrals, and 97% few unexcused absences.    Our mentors have visited their student mentees an average of 26 times throughout this school year, spending any where from 20 minutes to one hour with them.

We have been able to get out in the community as well and have some fun.  During the fall of 2015, we hosted our annual Tailgate fundraiser at the Lexington High School Homecoming Football game.  We were able to raise about half of the money necessary to run our program for the year.  During the winter, we were able to do a few fun activities including watching a movie at the newly-renovated Majestic Theatre and doing a Christmas Tree Ornament Decorating event that allowed us to display our ornaments at the Dawson County Museum.  To wrap the year up, we have been to Cozad’s Natural Escapes to do pottery painting and will be traveling to Lincoln this weekend for the Cornhusker Spring Game.  We are very honored and lucky to have one of our senior TeamMates’ mentees speaking during the honor ceremony for graduating TeamMates across the state.

Moving Forward

It is the mission of TeamMates to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.  With that said, the TeamMates Mentoring Program will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and we want to do our part in Lexington by getting our chapter up to 100 matches.  That means we need caring adults to help inspire the current 20 students who are still waiting to be matched in our program.  These students range from 6th graders to 10th graders.  They have hopes of being football players, computer engineers, artists, musicians, physical therapists, and so much more.  These students are at the top of most of their classes but they need an additional caring adult in their life to help them get through high school and graduation.  

For more information about how to become a TeamMates Mentor or student mentee, please contact:

Torri McCracken, Lexington TeamMates Program Coordinator
torri.mccracken@lexschools.org
308-324-1255