LINCOLN (SNR/CRC) – Cathedral of the Risen Christ School in Lincoln is one of several Catholic schools in the city participating in the TeamMates Mentoring Program, and is in need of adult Catholic mentors.
TeamMates, founded by Tom and Nancy Osborne in 1991, was created with the goal of seeing youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour per week with an adult who serves as a mentor.
While some area Catholic schools have participated in the program for a few years, this is the first year for Cathedral School.
“Our young people need positive and successful role models to guide them in setting and achieving goals,” said Cathedral teacher Arlene Wiebusch. “A mentor provides a young person with support, friendship, and a positive example which allows our young people to reach their full potential.”
A representative from TeamMates spoke at Cathedral School’s open house Sept. 10, to make teachers and parents aware that mentoring was available to students who would benefit from the program, and also to make them aware that mentors are needed to assist children in other area Catholic schools. Mentors typically meet with their ‘TeamMate’ one hour per week at the child’s school.
The TeamMates Mentoring Program currently provides a mentor for more than 7,000 youth across Nebraska and Iowa, as well as in San Diego, Calif.