You can make a difference in the life of a child


Are you retired and sitting around being bored? Do you think you are too busy to take on one more volunteer project in the community? If the answer is yes to any of the above opposite questions, have we got a deal for you!

By now you have heard or read about the TeamMates adult/student mentoring program being implemented in the Custer School District, a first in the state. Community TeamMates informational meetings will be held next week Monday and Tuesday in Custer and Hermosa.

In Custer the meeting will be held in the band and choir room in the new high school Monday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. to be followed by mentor training in the same location at 6 p.m.

In Hermosa the meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. at the school, to be followed by mentor training at 6 p.m. in the same location. Training will be conducted by TeamMates officials from Lincoln, Neb. These trainers will include former Nebraska football player Demoine Adams.

If you ever wanted to make a difference in a child’s life, we encourage you to attend one of these informational meetings about the highly successful TeamMates program. Young people today often need the ear of an adult other than their parents, teachers or friends. They sometimes need to be steered in the right direction which could be a life-changing experience for them.

Students in the program come from all walks of life. Mentors serve as sounding boards and can offer unsolicited advice. Mentors are not tutors, and this is not a tutoring program. Students in the program typically have better attendance, higher grades and higher graduation rates.

If you have ever thought of making a difference in the life of a young person, we urge you to attend one of these community informational programs next week in Custer or Hermosa. This could be life-changing for you also.