Teammates is such an awesome program to be a part of! There is nothing more rewarding and exciting than to see the smile on your Teammate's face when you walk into their classroom. Riley Haefele, junior Elementary Education major
Teammates at BHSU is a program designed to connect education majors with children in the local schools. These children are chosen by school counselors based on recommendations from teachers and parents. The criteria for child-selection may include children with only one parent at home, children who have difficulty making friends, children whose parents are going through a divorce, etc. For Elementary Education majors, children are selected from West Elementary School and East Elementary School in Spearfish, SD. Secondary Education majors volunteer at the local middle school or high school, with a focus on building relationships during academic tutoring.
After completing the application process, BHSU Teammates are paired with their student and meet together for one hour a week. The schedule is determined by the student's teacher and the BHSU Teammate, working around both the student's schedule as well as that of the college mentor. During these weekly meetings, Teammates build a relationship through playing games and spending time together. Secondary Education majors also help their mentees with homework and other academic activities. For ideas on what you can do with your student, visit Teammate Tips.
Goals of Teammates The original goal of Teammates was to provide to young students a positive college student role model. After conducting Participatory Action Research evaluation of the program, the new goals became:
What are the benefits of being a Teammate? Mentors frequently ask: "Am I making a difference?" "What are the signs of progress that can be considered successful in a mentor/mentee relationship?" For some, it may be ten years before a “former” mentee looks back, in retrospect, and says – “You know who made a difference in my life? My mentor…when I was in second grade.” Below are benefits which mentors cite:
Are you interested in becoming a Teammate?
Visit our Getting Started page to learn more about the steps involved in becoming a Teammate or contact Dr. Len Austin at Len.Austin@BHSU.edu or 605.642.6329 for more information.
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