Lincoln, Neb. — Thousands of students across Nebraska will have an opportunity to reach their full potential with access to games, puzzles, books, and a mentor thanks to a partnership between the TeamMates Mentoring Program and Linked2Literacy.
Based in almost 140 public and private school districts in Nebraska, TeamMates mentors and mentees will have access to books and activities to help encourage growth in literacy. TeamMates’ goal in partnership with Linked2Literacy is to incorporate developmentally appropriate literary experiences for 800 new elementary matches through September 2024. Though TeamMates is not a prescriptive mentoring program, 59% of mentees have shown improvement in grades, and 96% of mentees say they trust their mentor.
“We are very excited to partner with this outstanding organization,” TeamMates’ CEO DeMoine Adams said. “TeamMates has an incredible opportunity to recruit more mentors so we can impact more students one-to-one with hope, which is the greatest indicator of academic success.”
Linked2Literacy provides ownership of literacy materials to the underserved through community partnerships and believes representation matters. To help serve the additional 800 students, TeamMates’ National Office will conduct a mass marketing campaign paired with a one-to-one recruitment campaign to find mentors across Nebraska, while Linked2Literacy will provide those students with literary materials.
“Through our partnership with TeamMates, Linked2Literacy is thrilled to provide quality literacy tools that will boost creativity, ignite conversation, and enrich learning experiences for more students statewide,” said Linked2Literacy Co-founders, Kathleen Ousey and Kim Fix.
The mission of the TeamMates Mentoring Program is to impact the world by inspiring students to reach their full potential through mentoring. TeamMates serves more than 10,000 youth in 180+ communities across Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, South Dakota, and Iowa. Mentors meet with their mentees one-on-one in school, once a week, during the academic year or in the college program once a month.
To schedule an interview about the TeamMates Mentoring Program, please contact Hannah Miller at Hannah@teammates.org.