Making a Difference

Before I became the Holt County TeamMates Coordinator, I was involved in another mentoring program through our local high school, that was called, “Respect Groups”. During this time, I was very inspired by the founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie and his One-to-One philosophy towards helping others. Determined to provide shoes to children in a poverty stricken country and give our local teens a peak into another culture, I helped form a Students4Souls Challenge with the Soles4Souls organization. Our Respect Group students & leaders assisted in collecting 13, 694 pairs of shoes, which we donated to Soles4Souls to be used throughout the world as needed. We then traveled to Costa Rica with one of our students to distribute shoes to children in need, in the village of LaCarpio, Costa Rica. Everyone on our distribution team, was touched in some way, never to be forgotten. Even though, I treasure those children, whose names I didn’t have the privilege of learning, their grateful spirit compels me to keep finding ways, to make a difference.

Be helpful.  When you see a person without a smile, lend them one of yours.

TeamMates is a one to one school-based mentoring program that matches caring adults with youth from 3rd – 12th grade.   Mentors can be a wise and trusted guide that help students to be their best.  The TeamMates Mentoring Program was founded by former Nebraska University Football Coach, Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy and the Executive Director, is their daughter, Suzanne Hince.

The Mission of TeamMates is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.

Mentoring our youth, is a way we can all make a difference in our own communities.  To be a mentor, you don’t need to be an expert of anything.  You simply need to be a consistent, caring, listening friend and you too, can make a big difference in the life of a young person.  

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 Remember when you go into the world to keep your eyes and ears wide open. And be kind.  Love one another. Take care of each other.  Tell the truth.  Always do your best.  Listen to the big people and the little people.  Explore new paths and have fun.  Know that you are loved like crazy.  Give thanks for all your blessings.  Above all else, love and you will do wonderful things in this world.

~ Rebecca Puig

Tom Osborne,  Holt County TeamMates Coordinator, Connie Gildersleeve and TeamMates Executive Director, Suzanne Hince