Opportunity: Lunch Buddies

Developing positive self identity and life skills through interactions with positive adult role models.

Make a difference in the life of a child and become a Lunch Buddy!Students are more likely to succeed if they have a mentor. It could be a parent, a teacher, a coach — someone special who keeps an eye out for a student in need. Sadly, hundreds of VPS students do not have positive adult role models in their lives.Lunch Buddies make a difference by:
      • Showing the students that their community cares about them.
      • Building students’ trust and confidence.
      • Often improving student attendance.
      • Helping students learn and improve their self-image.
Currently, multiple elementary schools participate in the Lunch Buddy program. More than 100 children are on the wait list, most of them boys, making the need for male mentors especially critical.Here’s how the program works:
      • Students are referred by their teachers, counselors, or school administrators.
      • Once a parent signs the permission form, students are matched with an adult.
      • Buddies typically meet on school grounds with their assigned student once a week, for about 45 minutes, for the duration of the school year.
      • Lunch can be followed by board games, reading, crafts, or just talking.
As a volunteer mentor, you’ll be given the option of the school(s) you would like to support and your day preference for meeting with an assigned student buddy. This is a year-long volunteer commitment. It requires volunteers to be consistent in attendance each week with the same student, working toward the goal of developing life-long skills that model purpose and potential.

Currently, we are looking for volunteers within the following schools: Tukes, Daybreak and Pleasant Valley

Commitment:
One hour each week during school year.
Frequency:
Weekly
OK For Groups?:
No
Location:
Various
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Summary
  • TOTAL VOLUNTEERS 11
  • TOTAL NEEDED 39
  • TOTAL VISITS 649
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