Husker Mentors

By mentoring a younger person, collegians are able to learn more about themselves, how they may share their gifts with their mentee and recognize the importance of giving back in making the world a better place.

There are a number of mentoring programs on the University of Nebraska campus or in the Lincoln community including Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, NHRI, Strengths for Life, etc. Many students are involved in the Husker TeamMates Program described below.

The Mission of TeamMates
The mission of TeamMates is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.

The Purpose of TeamMates
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 one hour per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor.

Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision.

Core Values

  • Commitment to youth We are committed to serving youth with compassion and respect.
  • Safety The safety and protection of the mentee and mentor is first priority.
  • Integrity and Trust We are committed to integrity and trust in all relationships.
  • Inclusion We are committed to the inclusion of mentees and mentors from diverse backgrounds.

To serve 10,000 youth and be nationally recognized as the leading school-based mentoring program by 2015.

Is TeamMates Working?

  • TeamMates was identified by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as a "best practice" model for a school-based, one-to-one mentoring program.
  • Findings from the Gallup on-line data collection shows that the time spent with a mentor has a significant positive impact on the student’s performance relating to academic performance, unexcused absences, and discipline referrals.

The Gallup Organization has assisted the TeamMates Mentoring Program since 2002 in collecting data to help measure key student outcomes for students participating in their program. Outcomes being tracked are academics, attendance, discipline referrals, and student feedback ratings. Program Coordinators for each chapter are responsible to enter demographic data for the mentors and students within their communities