Pictured above are members of the Anselmo-Merna TeamMates Chapter. From left are Kim Schipporeit, Matt McGinn, Bryan Fangmeyer, Principal Darrin Max, and Superintenden Mike Davis.
MERNA - - Anselmo-Merna will join communities across Nebraska, Iowa and California in an effort to provide mentors for youth in grades three through 12. TeamMates of Anselmo-Merna will have the distinction of being the 100th TeamMates Chapter.
â€śWe are thrilled to welcome the students, staff and community of Anselmo-Merna to the TeamMates team,â€ť said Suzanne Hince, the executive director of the TeamMates Mentoring Pro-gram. â€śAnselmo-Merna marks the significant milestone of our 100th Chapter and we look forward to providing great mentoring services for youth in the area.â€ť
Superintendent of schools, Mike Davis, has launched two other TeamMates Chapters in other school districts.
â€śMost school districts have a vision of their students being successful in an ever-changing world. TeamMates is another instrument to help students be successful,â€ť said Davis. â€śIt has been said that it takes a community to raise a child. TeamMates gives the community another opportunity to help with that challenging task of raising a child.â€ť
Wal-Mart has provided grant funding to establish TeamMates of Anselmo-Merna. The funding will assist the program with recruiting and screening of new mentors. Wal-Mart has committed to providing seed money to start fourteen new chapters across Nebraska.
To find out more about how to be a mentor for TeamMates of Anslemo-Merna contact Mike Davis, (308) 643-2224 or go to www.teammates.org.
The TeamMates Mentor-ing Program was founded in 1991 by Tom and Nancy Osborne to provide support and encouragement to youth. Team Mates Mentors provide a sense of hope and vision to young people.
Today, more than 4,500 youth are being mentored one hour per week at their local school by adult volunteers.