Mentoring Program Recruiting at State Fair


A Nebraska mentoring program hopes state fair-goers will help them reach their goal of 10,000 new volunteers this year.

Volunteers said it only takes an hour a week to make a difference.

"It's a great opportunity to make a difference in a young person's life and you get as much reward from it as they do. It's really awesome and every week when we meet with the teammates they're excited to see you and you're excited to see them," said volunteer Diana Hast.

Hast's teammate is a junior at Grand Island Senior High. She started mentoring her when the student was in eighth grade.

Teammates has more than 7,000 mentors.

"We have over 120 school districts throughout Nebraska and Iowa and so we're trying to recruit mentors all over. In fact, I have a list of all the different schools that we're in here at the state fair because there's going to be a lot of people coming in from all over the state," said Tom Miller, Teammates screening specialist.

The teammates program has a tent set up across from the Nebraska State Fair Welcome Center.

Miller said it takes only minutes to sign up.