Our Lunch Bunch mentoring program pairs trained volunteer mentors with groups of 4 single gender students to promote positive decision making and healthy relationships. During weekly 30-minute sessions from October to April, students build literacy skills while developing life skills every child needs.
Using literature and hands-on activities, groups explore topics such as . . .
- Self-Esteem: Students will discuss the value of positive and realistic self-image. Students will identify positive personal attributes and develop goals to encourage self-esteem development.
- Social Skills: Students will learn and practice communication and social interaction skills guiding them to appropriate behaviors for diverse relationships and situations.
- Critical Thinking: Students will practice seeking valid and reliable knowledge to guide beliefs, decisions, and actions.
- Problem Solving: Students will practice taking on challenges and identify the importance of seeking a solution rather than problem avoidance, resulting in greater success in school and life.
- Community: Students will identify components of their personal communities and discuss how these components work together. By considering different perspectives, students will better understand themselves, and others in their community including peers, family members, and teachers.
Students in grades 3 – 5 attending Title I schools with significant at-risk populations. Students are recommended by their teachers, school social workers, and/or school administration.
The overarching goal is to arm students with knowledge and skills that will empower them to form healthy relationships, while at the same time exposing them to different forms of literature to promote literacy development.
- 90% of students report acquiring skills that help improve relationships with friends, peers and family.
- 90% of students report caring more about friends, family and community than they did at the start of this program.
- 90% of school administrators report the Making It Better Lunch Bunch program was beneficial to the students.