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New WP TeamMates Program Seeking Mentors

December 07, 2017

We are excited to inform you that Wauneta-Palisade is beginning the TeamMates Mentoring programing in January 2018. This program is designed to reach our students in grades 5th-7th and provide an awesome mentoring relationship with you.

The values of the program are:
1. Commitment to Youth--we are committed to serving youth with compassion and respect
2. Safety--the safety and protection fo the mentee and mentor is first priority
3. Integrity and Trust--we are committed to integrity and trust in all relationships
4. Inclusion--we are committed to the inclusion of mentees and mentors from diverse backgrounds. 

All youth can benefit from a mentoring relationship and we are asking you to consider volunteering as a mentor. By volunteering just one time a week, mentors build a friendship with the students, and provide support, encouragement, and guidance. Mentors must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma of GED.

TeamMates is a school-based program, meaning that matches (mentor/mentee) meet at the school during school hours during the school year. This provides a safe, neutral environment with games, activities and resources to help support the match. 

The youth (student) in the TeamMates program is called the mentee. Youth are identified for their strengths and have expressed a desire to have a mentor. The parents are hte primary support and amentor's role is to provide additional support and encouragement. Students may self-nominate or a parent or teacher may nominate a student for the TeamMates program. 

TeamMates mentees consistently maintain or improve their grades, attendance and behavior based on data collected through partnerships with local school districts. There is a positive correlation between a student looking forward to seeing their mentor and overall levels of hope, engagement, and well-being.

Please consider applying by completing an application. Visit www.teammates.org, or contact any board member or coordinator for more information regarding the application process. Each mentor is screed through the application process with a background check and will be trained. 

Joshua Clark
Joseph Frecks
Michelle Harchelroad
Lisa McALevy
Jennifer Loker
Curtis Kayton
Allison Sandman
Betsy Johanson