About TeamMates

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The Mission of TeamMates

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.  

The TeamMates Mentoring Program currently provides a mentor for more than 7,500 youth across Nebraska and Iowa, including approximately 1,200 students in Lincoln, yet there are still many, many students who want a mentor. We call that the 'mentoring gap.'

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.


Become the gold standard of school-based mentoring programs as a district/chapter and serve 2,000 youth by 2020.

Closing the Gap
The National Mentoring Partnership has identified a "mentoring gap" and has issued a nationwide call to action.  The partnership estimates 15 million youth are currently in need of a mentor. 

The need is great for caring adults in the lives of youth and with your help we can make a difference, one youth at a time.  Regardless of your background or your professional position, you have a role to play in the future of mentoring.  By supporting the TeamMates Mentoring Program, you can change the future for an entire generation of young people. While the number of mentors in Lincoln grows each day, so does the number of students needing a mentor.

Investing in the future
"Our young people face different challenges today that affect them personally.  If we are going to make a difference, we have to get involved with them as one-to-one mentors.  We thank you for your support and we know that one student at a time, we can make a difference, not only in this generation, but for the generations to come." 
- Dr. Tom & Nancy Osborne

Lincoln TeamMates Receives Recognition From America's Promise Alliance

Lincoln TeamMates has been recognized by the America's Promise Alliance for all that we do for our youth!
We are working hard to deliver all Five Promises to the young people we serve.
Five Promises by America's Promise Alliance-

        Caring Adults
        A Safe Place
        A Healthy Start
        An Effective Education
        Opportunities to Help Others