Former U.S. Congressman and Husker legend Tom Osborne will be bringing his TeamMates Mentoring message to Wisner and Pilger next Wednesday, Oct. 16. Osborne will be at the Pilger Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. to talk to anyone interested in mentoring. He will then speak about mentoring in Wisner at a 9:30 a.m. coffee reception at the Van Dorn building in downtown Wisner.
Anyone interested in learning more about mentoring is encouraged to attend these special TeamMates presentation. Due to time constraints, Dr. Osborne will not be able to sign autographs at the events.
The TeamMates Mentoring Program is a school-based one-to-one mentoring program for students grades 5-12 founded by Dr. Osborne and his wife Nancy in 1991. It often is referred to as the “One Hour Difference” because mentors are asked to devote one hour per week to make a positive difference in the life of a child.
Osborne has long been a strong proponent for the importance of mentoring and, while serving in Congress, he led efforts to provide more funding for these programs.
“We always have kids who want to have another caring adult in their lives, so we need more people who can devote a little time each week to listening and interacting with them,” said Nancy Kvols, local TeamMates board president. “It’s not a difficult commitment and it makes such a difference in the lives of these kids.”
Other one-hour informational meetings scheduled are Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 a.m. and Monday, Oct. 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the TeamMates office in downtown Wisner. Informational meetings will also be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 12 noon in the Midwest Bank meeting room in Pilger; and Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 in the Wisner-Pilger Junior-Senior High School Library. The meetings will discuss the benefits of mentoring, detail the mentor application process, and feature mentors and mentees describing their experiences. Refreshments will be served. For more information on the Osborne visit, the informational meetings, or mentoring in general, please call local coordinator, Anne Ausdemore, at 529-3338.