Your Partnership is Appreciated!
"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves."
                                                                                                                Steven Spielberg
 
Thank you for all you've done this year to positively influence the lives of students! Have a great summer, and hope you return as a Lunch Pals  mentor in the fall!                                                              
Investing in children.
Strengthening our community.

In their everyday work, the staff of Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County (JWB) live out this organizational statement of purpose. At the beginning of the school year, they decided to carry that commitment to a personal level as well.
 
" We believe in the Lunch Pals model so much that we adopted Pinellas Park Elementary, where about two dozen JWB employees mentor children on a weekly basis. I mentor a third-grader who is bright, witty, and smiles as soon as he sees me. I don't have a special skill that qualifies me to be a mentor; I simply care," shares Dr. Marcie Biddleman, JWB's Executive Director. 
 
More Staff and Student Stories Here
Participation is Growing

Thanks to our community support, current Lunch Pals involvement includes 310 students with mentors, 18 schools and 32 partners.
 
Thank you, mentors for generously giving of your time to truly make a difference as a consistent and positive presence in the lives of students.
 
Thank you, partners for encouraging your staff to participate.

Ajax Building Corporation
Cox Media
St. Petersburg College - Clearwater
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
Eckerd College
St. Petersburg College - Downtown
Calvary Chapel
FIS Global
St. Petersburg College - Gibbs
Ceridian
Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association
St. Petersburg Police
City of Clearwater
Friends of North Shore Elementary School
Sembler Company
City of Dunedin
Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County
Southside St. Petersburg Community PTA
City of Largo
Pinellas County Government
Stetson University College of Law
City of Pinellas Park
Pinellas County Schools
Tech Data
City of St. Petersburg
Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League, Inc.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
City of Seminole
Power Design
Westminster Suncoast
Coast Guard
Raymond James Financial
West Pharmaceutical
 
Kids and Careers at Raymond James

The hallways of Raymond James were buzzing with excitement as more than 90 students from Mt. Vernon and Lynch Elementary Schools arrived to visit their Lunch Pals mentors at work on May 16th. The smiles were endless as children spotted the faces of their mentors, and the joyful greetings showed how important the relationships are to both the students and staff involved.
                             Kids and Careers Continued
 
   Attention: Mentors of 5th Graders and Up
 
     Did you know there is an amazing scholarship opportunity for 6th - 12th  
     grade students? Participation in Take Stock in Children Pinellas can result
     in the earning of a paid college tuition scholarship. Learn more about the
     qualifications and how a student can be nominated.
                 
                                                                                     Take Stock in Children Scholarship Details         
                                                                           
 
  End of the School Year
   As we approach the end of the school year, be sure to check with your Family and Community
   Liaison to find out the last day for mentoring. Before reaching that day, have some positive, honest 
   and supportive conversation with your student about the end of the year.
  • Share how you've enjoyed the time together - cite some different things you did or talked about.
  • Talk about how you are proud of the student for growing and progressing in some specific ways.
  • If continuing, share that you look forward to seeing them again sometime in September (whenever the school is ready to have mentors back again).
  • If you won't be continuing, be honest about the separation and encourage the student to talk about their feelings.
  • Reassure them that you have every confidence in their abilities to do their very best as they move forward in the next school year and beyond.
     
Questions? Suggestions?
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  Lunch Pals  is a mentoring program designed to provide students with the   additional 
  presence of  caring, consistent and committed adult in their lives.  Companies,  universities/colleges   and  organizations partner with nearby schools  to provide opportunities for  their employees,        
  s tudents and members to serve as mentors.

                                                                      Please contact:
                                                  Susan Schneck, Lunch Pals Coordinator
                               Phone: 727-588-6000 Ext. 1369        Email: schnecks@pcsb.org
  
 
Lunch Pals Mentoring | Office of Strategic Partnerships | 727-588-6000 | pcsb.org/lunchpals
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