The TeamMates Mentoring Program was founded in 1991 by Tom & Nancy Osborne in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor.
Steve Schmitt , a Waterloo business owner and a councilman, is a member of the program. He meets once a week to play chess with Korie Parsons, a sophomore at Waterloo West High (Wagner 2013).
“If I don’t understand one subject, he’ll be there to help me understand it and show me the process to getting better at it,” said Korie Parsons.
Parsons said Schmitt got him thinking about goals and that’s one reason he already knows he wants to go to college at UNI. “Most students with mentors have more goals and do better in school” said Ellen Vanderloo with TeamMates Mentoring Program (Wagner 2013).
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