FREMONT – The Fremont TeamMates Chapter was recently recognized as a Pillar of Achievement recipient.
TeamMates is a program that offers mentoring for students in grades 3-12. The Fremont chapter is a one-on-one mentoring program that was recently revitalized by Kellee Rasmussen, the Program Coordinator. According to Rasmussen, two years ago the program was down to only 20 active matches meeting for the one-on-one mentoring. She says after active efforts to increase those numbers, the program now sees more than double the previous amount.
“With a district the size of Fremont, we just really knew there was a need to be mentoring to more than 20 students. So the TeamMates Board made an active decision to go out and pursue recruiting and really pursue growing the program,” said Rasmussen. “We are now up to 60 active matches. So we’re very pleased with that and with the support of the community.”
The Pillar of Achievement award is given to a TeamMates chapter for its dedication and commitment, as well as for reaching new milestones. Rasmussen says the Fremont chapter reached a new milestone last May.
“We had four of our graduating TeamMate mentees actually apply to the TeamMates program and were awarded a scholarship for college,” said Rasmussen. “All four were awarded full-ride scholarships to a four-year university. So that was a huge milestone for our chapter.”
This was the first time any of the chapter’s mentees have received a TeamMates Central Office scholarship since the chapter began in 2003. Also, all four seniors are first-generation, which means neither of their parents graduated from a four-year college.