LAUREL – Along with celebrating 20 years of a Teammates Mentoring program at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, an exciting way to raise scholarship funds for students has a few tickets left.
Teammates at LCC currently have 110 students enrolled in the program and have seen phenomenal growth over the past four years.
Former Husker head coach Tom Osborne founded the Teammates Mentoring Program in 1991 to have 22 of his football players mentor a student into success. Teammates serve communities in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Laurel Concord Coleridge School in Nebraska joined this program in 2001 and for the past 20 years has contributed to match up students with community adults of all ages.
Co-sponsors at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge are Alan Gottula and Sherie Lundahl.
Mr. Gottula, also the LCC guidance counselor, started getting involved in Teammates well over 20 years ago and said a lot of kids just need a little extra adult attention.
“When you cut through everything going on around you,” said Gottula. “And you break it down to where it’s a mentor and mentee, that’s where I see a lot of growth on both sides.”
The group recently held a board game night where over 40 students attended earlier this month in the Legacy Gym at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School.
“The kids had a lot of fun interacting with their mentors, their teammates if you will,” Mr. Gottula added. “Those type of activities really go over well particularly with our middle school students.”
The raffle scholarship fundraiser is a six-day, two-city trip and tickets to see the Husker football team play in Ireland in 2022. This will include free travel, hotel, breakfast, tickets to the game in Dublin vs. Northwestern, museums, bus tours and more.
Tickets cost $100 each as only 250 were being sold. One lucky winner will be drawn on December 3 (need not be present to win). To get your ticket, call 402-256-3133, 402-841-1331 or 402-518-0295.
Teammates mentors must be 18 years or older with a high school diploma or equivalent before going through a training process and being matched. Mentors and mentees are matched based on hobbies and interests. Each will meet once a week at the school during the academic year and play games, do crafts, shoot hoops or just talk.
And just like surrounding Teammates Chapters, they’re in need of more adult mentors. Mentees are students in third – 12th grade or there are college mentoring opportunities also.
Mr. Gottula mentioned LCC Teammates will look to continue and grow their program.
“That’s kind of our goal number one is to grow the program,” Gottula mentioned. “The second major goal we have is to recruit more mentors. That’s really what we need to continue to grow the program.”
According to the teammates.org/become-a-mentor page, mentees who trust their mentors is 97% while mentees who graduate from high school on time is 95%.
Further information on Teammates can also be found at lccschool.org or by visiting teammates.org.