Winnie the Pooh loves to say “Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart," an apt description of how community members and organizations like TeamMates Mentoring is truly making a difference in southwest Iowa.
To help support area youth, TS Bank is excited to announce a donation of $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 celebrating TeamMates and graduating seniors 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 now 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, wellbeing 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.”
“Be There,” is the annual theme for TeamMates and aligns well with many of the core values at TS Bank. TeamMates, believes all young people deserve a mentor and the opportunity to flourish.
Being present, considerate and involved makes all the difference in our youth and communities, noted TS Bank Director of Community Reinvestment Kelsey Stupfell. Presently, TS Bank has ten 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.
Top photo, left to right: Traci Dresher, pograms coordinator with TS Institute; Kyle Osborne, director of financial literacy with TS Institute and TeamMates of Council Bluffs board treasurer; Kelsey Stupfell, director of community reinvestment with TS Banking Group; Tim Hamilton, executive director of student and family services with the Council Bluffs Community School District and Stacy Nelson, TeamMates of Council Bluffs board president.
Middle photo: Eighteen graduating seniors from Thomas Jefferson High School and their mentors line the wall during a ceremony celebrating the TeamMates Mentoring Program at T.J.
About TS Bank: TS Bank’s mission is to Ignite Prosperity® in the communities it serves. Leading the resurgence of community banking, TS Bank reinvests 10% of their net income locally; hosting educational events and partners with local organizations and non-profits. Treynor State Bank was chartered in 1923 and branded to TS Bank in 2005. TS Bank has $384 million in assets, along with the largest Iowa state-chartered C-Corp trust department west of Des Moines at nearly $245 million in assets named TS Prosperity Group. Branch locations include Treynor, Macedonia, Atlantic, Corning and Council Bluffs, Iowa. For more information visit tsbank.com.