A-M becomes 100th mentoring Chapter

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. “We are thrilled to welcome the students, staff and community of Anselmo-Merna to the TeamMates team,” said Suzanne Hince, the executive director of the TeamMates Mentoring Pro-gram. “Anselmo-Merna marks the significant milestone of our 100th Chapter and we look forward to providing great mentoring services for youth in the area.” Superintendent of schools, Mike Davis, has launched two other TeamMates Chapters in other school districts. “Most school districts have a vision of their students being successful in an ever-changing world. TeamMates is another instrument to help students be successful,” said Davis. “It 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.” 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.