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Lunchbox Learners
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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Lunchbox Learners program focuses on helping children in grades K – 5 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.

After a two year pivot to virtual mentoring, we are pleased to announce that Lunchbox Learners will return in person in Midland and Bay Counties in Fall of 2022. We are currently accepting volunteer applications for this program, however, we are still sorting out the details of what schools will be participating this year. If you’re interested in being a Big for this powerful program, please fill out an application, and a match coordinator will be in touch to keep you posted on new developments.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

How It Works

  • A Lunchbox Learners volunteer (Big) is matched with a student (Little) at their elementary school. These students are referred to our program by a teacher or other school personnel.
  • The Big and Little meet to read and work on homework.
  • Bigs meet with their Little at the Little’s school on the same day and at the same time each week for the duration of the school year.
  • A Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator will be on location to assist as needed.
  • All Lunchbox Learners volunteers undergo a background screening, including a criminal background check, reference checks and an interview with a Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator.
  • All Lunchbox Learners Bigs and Littles will be expected to follow health and safety guidelines set by the school.
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How It Works

  • A Lunchbox Learners volunteer (Big) is matched with a student (Little) at their elementary school. These students are referred to our program by a teacher or other school personnel.
  • The Big and Little meet to read and work on homework.
  • Bigs meet with their Little at the Little’s school on the same day and at the same time each week for the duration of the school year.
  • A Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator will be on location to assist as needed.
  • All Lunchbox Learners volunteers undergo a background screening, including a criminal background check, reference checks and an interview with a Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Coordinator.
  • All Lunchbox Learners Bigs and Littles will be expected to follow health and safety guidelines set by the school.
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Participating Schools

We are currently working with local schools to determine where we can host Lunchbox Learners programs for the 2022-23 school year. Programs will be available in Midland and Bay Counties for this school year.

Please check back for updates throughout fall of 2022.

Be a Big

Thank you for your interest in joining us as a Big! Please fill out the form below to begin your journey as a Defender of Potential. A match coordinator will be in touch within a few days or weeks to navigate you through the next steps.
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Most of our Bigs choose to mentor in the county they live in. However, you may find it easier to work with a Little who lives in the county you work in or spend a lot of time in. Please choose which option would work best for you.

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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.

Teaming Up With Youth

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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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