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TeamMates pair forms life-long bond

Anyone who may question whether or not the TeamMates mentor program has a lasting impact on kids, simply needs to talk to Brittney Earll. She will tell you her mentor changed her life.

By her own admission, Earll was on a rebellious path early on. “I was kind of unsteady and influenced by a lot of wrong things,” said Earll. “When I was in fifth grade my parents signed me up for the program.”

Prospective mentees complete a profile, as do the mentors. The adults and youth are then “matched” based on similar interests and personalities resulting from those profiles. Ironically, Earll was matched with someone her parents knew well—Laurie Brown.

“I remember running into her parents downtown right after Brittney was born, and going over to the car to see her,” Laurie recalls with a giggle. “Who would have ever thought that several years later a profile match would put us together.”

To read more of this story see the Oct. 4 edition of The Gothenburg Times.