The TEAM Mentor Program is part of a network of programs operated by the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation to leverage the mentor relationship to better prepare students for success. A unique and innovative model, TEAM Mentor places three volunteer adult mentors with six students to form a TEAM; each TEAM functions as a micro-community with its own identity, culture, values and voice. 

Using curriculum developed in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, the program is designed to help young people in middle school. 

  • Make sense of their social context and how they fit into it
  • Create sustained relationships with adults who can provide them with knowledge, motivation and networks to succeed
  • Act collaboratively with others to promote a better future for themselves and their communities.

**Students must be enrolled in a partner school to participate.

Mentor Commitment

Volunteering as a Grizzlies TEAM Mentor is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of six young people and to do it alongside other volunteer mentors in a supportive environment.

The TEAM Mentor time commitment:

  • 90 minutes per week at designated school site
  • One school year (two semesters)
  • Initial mentor training plus opportunities to participate in supplemental skill development and educational workshops 
  • Special events and off-site activities including, community service project(s), a holiday celebration, Grizzlies game, and the year-end celebration(s)