To help support area youth, TS Bank donated $5,000 to TeamMates of Council Bluffs to expand the chapter’s impact with Council Bluffs youth. The bank and its nonprofit arm, TS Institute, presented the check during a ceremony in May at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs.

Funds were used to support TeamMates’ work to match mentors with mentees, including the Gallup Strengths Finder course for both groups and to help connect more matches. This training, along with a webinar series, helped strengthen current matches and relationships as well as enhanced career track options and strength based skills for students in the Council Bluffs Community School District.

The TeamMates Mentoring Program began in 1991 with the vision of University of Nebraska football Coach Tom Osborne and his wife, Nancy. The program has expanded to five states and continues to pursue its mission of positively impacting local youth.

Since its inception in 2007, TeamMates of Council Bluffs has served 452 students. According to post-secondary plans, these students have impacted a myriad of sectors in society, including health care, education, trade fields, social sciences, business, and more. The Council Bluffs chapter has one of the highest length of mentoring relationships, growth rate as a chapter and number of match meetings, which has led to high levels of hope, well-being and engagement for both mentees and mentors.

“On behalf of the board we want to show our appreciation for the generosity of TS Bank and their continued support of the youth in the Council Bluffs area,” said Stacy Nelson, TeamMates of Council Bluffs board president. “We cannot be successful without the support of our community. This will help us reach our goal of 200 mentors by the end of the year.”

Presently, TS Bank has 10 employees who serve as mentors in the southwest Iowa area schools.

“The great thing about being a mentor is the ongoing reverse mentoring, and reminder that I am learning too. I don’t have to have all the answers — simply listen and remind people that they matter,” said Kyle Osborne, director of financial literacy with TS Institute — TS Bank’s nonprofit financial literacy arm — and TeamMates of Council Bluffs Board Treasurer.

Currently the TeamMates of Council Bluffs chapter is at 189 matches and has a goal to be at 200 matches by 2020.

To learn more or to become a mentor, visit chapters.teammates.org/chapters/councilbluffs/ or contact Robin Luedtke at rluedtke@cbcsd.org.

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