WAYNE – Join a mentoring program modeled after the original Teammates of Nebraska started by Tom and Nancy Osborne in 1991.
National Mentoring Month was in January as the Wayne Teammates organization will be hosting the first Friday morning chamber coffee of February this week at 10 a.m.
From the Wayne Jr/Sr high school lecture hall, Wayne Teammates will recognize the seniors and their mentors while the regional coordinator Jay Wright will be in attendance.
Shalee Hoffman is in her third year as the coordinator of Wayne Teammates. Hoffman said the group attended a movie from the Majestic Theatre in Wayne on February 1.
“Ameritas donated tickets for us and Magnuson Hopkins Eyecare donated the kids packs,” said Hoffman. “So, it was completely free for kids and for adults it was free to go.”
This school-based mentoring program pairs adult volunteers one-one-one with middle school students and high school. These adult teammates serve as positive role models for students needing extra adult attention by meeting with their student teammates at least one hour a week during school hours. Both the mentor and teammate share in a variety of activities.
There are about 55 matches with the Wayne Teammates and mentors are continually needed.
“Always looking for male mentors but also always looking for female mentors, too,” Hoffman added. “It’s just nice to have all different types of people ready to go so that we can get a great match for student.”
Anyone can be a mentor after going through a background check and providing three references before going through training with Hoffman. For students, they can nominate themselves or parents and teachers can nominate anyone from third grade through high school seniors. College-age mentoring is also available.
The Wayne Teammates will join other Northeast Nebraska Area Chapters attending Wayne State College basketball games on Saturday, February 15.
Next week’s Friday morning chamber coffee host will be Exhaust Pros Total Car Care on February 14 at 10 a.m.