Local high school students and their families gathered at the UNL union today for a Teammates graduation.
Teammates is a mentoring program that started here in Lincoln. It helps at–risk youth, graduate from high school and pursue college degrees. Many of those who graduated today received scholarships to universities.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry was among the speakers at the event.
"Young people should all know that there are people out there who deeply care for them no matter what their circumstances are, if there's some deep pain or woundedness. if their family situation is not optimal the community is here with programs like teammates to say you have someone who will care for you, love you, guide you," he says.
The event ended with a moment of silence for Boston, and a song by former Teammates member and UNL alum, Eddie Brown.
The Teammates program now reaches 112 communities in Nebraska, Iowa, and California.