The Character Movement

The Teachers’ Lounge Podcast with Suzanne Hince

The Teachers’ Lounge, Youth Frontiers’ podcast for educators, brings us into a conversation about how we can build school communities where our kids can thrive – not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well. In our ninth episode of The Teachers’ Lounge, we had the privilege of talking with Suzanne Hince – Executive Director of TeamMates, a youth mentoring program that focuses on positive relationships to help develop young people’s life and academic skills. Suzanne is a former teacher who brings her knowledge of education into her work bringing young people to school and life success.

Suzanne Hince
Episode highlights:

  • The history of TeamMates and why mentoring became her family’s mission
  • The value of mentoring for student success
  • Why TeamMates focuses on schools
  • The shared mission of mentors and teachers and what we can learn from each other
  • A powerful family story of transformation and how mentorship can impact the life path of those being mentored
  •  Suzanne’s educational hero who has played a role in Suzanne’s life path and direction

To hear the full podcast episode, you can listen here or on iTunes.

TeamMates is looking for more mentors. If you are in the Iowa or Nebraska areas and are interested in becoming a mentor, head to the TeamMates website and click on “Become a TeamMates Mentor.”

Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 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. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision. The TeamMates Mentoring Program currently provides a mentor for over 7,000 youth across Nebraska and Iowa. Check it out at www.teammates.org.

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