Our mission is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring. TeamMates matches caring adults with youth from the community. The mentor/mentee pair spends one class period together each week at the child's school throughout the school year. The mentor serves as a trusted adult friend and role model to the child and provides hope and vision for the mentee. The program provides continued support of the mentor/mentee matches from the time they begin (typically middle school age) until the student graduates from high school. Enrollment in some type of post-secondary education program is the goal. TeamMates also includes a scholarship program to help students further their education and an option to be part of a post-secondary mentoring program in college.
Every penny raised through Columbus Big Give will be used to help youth in Columbus. The money will be used for program growth, mentor recruitment, and mentee college scholarships. There are many benefits of mentoring. Most mentored youth experience improved grades, attendance, and discipline in school and experience improved self-esteem. The goal is to continue to grow the program and help more youth ... but that results in a growing budget. Money from the Big Give will help meet this growth and help more Columbus youth reach their full potential.