TeamMates Matches Go the Extra Mile to Meet Over the Summer
Many TeamMates (www.LincolnTeamMates.org) mentors and their mentees are going the “extra mile” this summer! The Extra Mile Club was created in 2012 when mentor/mentee matches who thought three months without meeting over the summer break was three months too many. They wanted to keep meeting, but, with schools not in session for the summer, the question became “where could they meet?” Lincoln’s Community Learning Centers (CLC’s) came to the rescue when they partnered with TeamMates to help find places for these matches to get together. Twenty matches met that first summer in 2012 at CLC sites across Lincoln.
The TeamMates-CLC partnership’s support of mentoring matches, as they stay on track for the new school year, is a crucial part of how mentoring is making Lincoln a better place to live. And the partnership continues. This summer alone there are over 20 sites for excited matches to meet, making it possible for students in every corner of the city to find a convenient place to meet their TeamMate and stay on track for the upcoming school year.
The Extra Mile Club serves as an example of the commitment that mentors have to their TeamMates and the importance that mentors and mentees place on their relationships— “inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.” For more information on TeamMates, go to www.LincolnTeamMates.org.