The impact of a TeamMates match on the mentee is truly amazing. Aurora mentors average more than 24 hours with their mentee every school year. Because of this, students have shown improvement in grades, attendance and behavior. Mentored students are more likely to show up at school, graduate high school and behave appropriately in social situations. Mentees also show improvement in parental relationships as a result of having a mentor. TeamMates has been recognized as a '?Best Practice' mentoring organization which means the structure, policy and procedures are in place for a safe and consistent program. TeamMates adheres to the Elements of Effective Practice which were developed by the National Mentoring Partnership as the national standards for running a quality mentoring program. TeamMates believe that all young people could benefit from a mentoring relationship.
The mission of TeamMates is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring. Tom and Nancy Osborne established the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 to provide support and encouragement to school-aged youth. We are a school-based mentoring program, which means mentoring takes place in the school building during school hours at our middle school and high school. TeamMates of Aurora began in 1999 and we currently have 42 matches. Mentors are community volunteers who build a relationship with students. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision.