What is Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring?

Posted by Eric Bleier on June 11, 2013

The next 50 days are your only chance to sign up to be a Grizzlies TEAM Mentor!

What is Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring?

Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring is a youth mentoring program administered by the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation. This program is school-based and matches 3 volunteer mentors with 9 students to form each TEAM. Teams meet for 70 minutes each week and participate in activities that correspond with a chosen theme and weekly objectives. Each mentoring session allows mentors and students to develop relationships with one another while providing students new skills and experiences. We are only accepting applications to mentor until the end of July; sign up now!

Program Breakdown:

Mentoring TEAM = 3 volunteer mentors + 9 students

Youth served: 7th and 8th grade boys/girls (same gender teams)

Partner Schools: Power Center Academy Middle School, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle School, and Soulsville Charter School

Example Activity Themes: Team-building, Leadership, Public Speaking, Personal Identity, Civic Engagement, Nutrition, Stress Management, Healthy Relationships, Physical Fitness, Financial Literacy

Key Partners: Facing History and Ourselves, University of Memphis Center for Economic Education, Church Health Center, Theatre Memphis

Mentor Commitment:

Mentoring Session: 90 minutes per week at school site

One School year (2 semesters)

Initial Mentor training plus opportunities to participate in supplemental skill development and educational workshops

Special Events and field trips (Community Service project, Grizzlies game, Theatre Memphis trip)

What scholars are saying:

“If we have problems, we can talk with any of our mentors. If someone is missing there’s still two other people to talk with. Having three voices can help us think deeper and really take it further.”

“Mentoring is teaching me to be less selfish. Sometimes I only think about myself and I now realize that my actions affect more people than just me.”

“Even the days when we’re not having fun we are still learning something new.”

“TeamUp is a place for me to release my stress and frustration. I get to have fun and just be me.”

Sign up to be a Grizzlies TEAM Mentor now!


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The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation is committed to serving Memphis youth through education and mentoring.