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TeamMates help youth succeed in academics

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South Sioux City, Nebraska TeamMates makes community partnerships. The TeamMates in-school mentoring program of South Sioux City has kicked off the 3rd annual donation drive.

The TeamMates Mentoring Program was founded in 1991 by Tom and Nancy Osborne to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. TeamMates mentors volunteer to meet with school age children for one hour each week. The focus of the program centers around developing friendships, helping with school studies, and social skills.

The TeamMates program has a pledge by the South Sioux City Community Schools to fund half of the Program Coordinator salary. The funds raised locally help with partnership fees, background checks, supplies, equipment, and mentor-mentee activities. In addition, these donations help fund scholarships for graduating students in the program. Last year, the South Sioux City chapter had three graduating TeamMates mentees that were eligible for scholarships to attend college or universities. Their involvement with the TeamMates program allowed them to access additional scholarship opportunities.

This year the program will have six seniors graduating as TeamMates participants and eligible for many scholarship opportunities. South Sioux City currently has 135 mentors and the chapter has shown a 57 percent academic performance improvement.

TeamMates is serving over 6,000 youth in 110 communities across Nebraska and Iowa. To become a mentor click here.

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