Lunchbox Learners

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lunchbox Learners is currently suspended. Please check out our community based mentoring or virtual mentoring pages to learn more about our current program offerings, or how to be a Big.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Lunchbox Learners program focuses on helping children in grades K – 3 improve their reading skills. Mentors and students meet once a week (throughout the school year) at a local elementary school during the student’s lunch hour to read books, play word games and make reading fun! If you can give an hour a week, you can be a Defender of Potential.

How It Works

  • A Lunchbox Learners volunteer is matched with one student in an elementary school who has been referred to our program by a teacher.
  • The volunteer and child meet to read and work on homework.
  • The volunteer meets with the same child on the same day and at the same time each week for the duration of the school year.
  • The volunteer and child meet at the student’s school.
  • A Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator will be on location to assist whenever needed.
  • All Lunchbox Learners volunteers undergo a background screening which includes a criminal background check and an interview with a Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator.
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How It Works

  • A Lunchbox Learners volunteer is matched with one student in an elementary school who has been referred to our program by a teacher.
  • The volunteer and child meet to read and work on homework.
  • The volunteer meets with the same child on the same day and at the same time each week for the duration of the school year.
  • The volunteer and child meet at the student’s school.
  • A Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator will be on location to assist whenever needed.
  • All Lunchbox Learners volunteers undergo a background screening which includes a criminal background check and an interview with a Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator.
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Participating Schools

Midland County

  • Meridian Elementary School
  • Adams Elementary School
  • Central Park Elementary School
  • Chestnut Hill Elementary School
  • Floyd Elementary School
  • Plymouth Elementary School
  • Seibert Elementary School

Bay County

  • Kolb Elementary School
  • Linsday Elementary School

Other Mentoring Programs

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Community Based

You and a child participate in everyday activities together on average of two to three times per month. You help that child build confidence and skills. Mentors can be individuals, couples or families.

Virtual Mentoring Programs

Virtual Mentoring

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BBBS has launched new virtual mentoring programs for elementary school students during the 2020-21 school year. Bigs and Littles meet weekly over Zoom to work on reading and communication skills and engage in fun activities!

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Teaming Up With Youth

Local high school students team up with elementary students in this weekly after school program. Teaming Up With Youth Littles improve their academic, social, and relationship skills.

Other Mentoring Programs

new community based home

Community Based

You and a child participate in everyday activities together on average of two to three times per month. You help that child build confidence and skills. Mentors can be individuals, couples or families.

Virtual Mentoring Programs

Virtual Mentoring

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BBBS has launched new virtual mentoring programs for elementary school students during the 2020-21 school year. Bigs and Littles meet weekly over Zoom to work on reading and communication skills and engage in fun activities!

teaming up with youth home

Teaming Up With Youth

Local high school students team up with elementary students in this weekly after school program. Teaming Up With Youth Littles improve their academic, social, and relationship skills.

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