This year, the TeamMates Mentoring Program in Fairbury gained a new coordinator, who is spreading her passion for helping youth throughout the community.
Tiffany Ebke has taken on the role of coordinating the program, and already she is busy visiting organizations and businesses in the community to share the benefits of what the TeamMates program can do.
“I’m excited because right now we have 33 matches, with some more waiting to be matched,” said Ebke. “I think that’s the part of the job I like the most is going out into the community and meeting new people. Finding people with a variety of different personalities is great because we can help match them with some of the kids who are on our waiting list. That’s the fun part.”
TeamMates encourages people in the community to build positive relationships with local students, which can help both the mentee and the mentor to grow.
“It’s a great way for students to get connected with their community,” Ebke said. “TeamMates is a one time a week commitment during the school year where mentors come in to the school and do things with the students like play games or take a walk. TeamMates is so great because it’s based on relationships.”
Ebke believes the program has the power to change lives, and she encourages people to contact her to find out more about TeamMates. People can reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, people can visit www.teammates.org to learn ways they can volunteer or support the program.
“It’s one of the easiest ways to give back to the community,” said Ebke. “You don’t have to give much except a little bit of time every week. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the program because I’d be really happy to get people into our program because right now we have 22 kids on our waiting list.”