Thanks, Lunch Pal Friends!
         Be the model of inspiration to others that you desire
                                 and seek for yourself.
                                           Scottie Somers                            
Lunch Pals is a mentoring program designed to provide students with an additional presence of a caring, consistent and committed adult in their lives. Each student is identified by school personnel as a child who could benefit from a mentoring relationship, and is often facing social and academic challenges.
Inspiring and Inspired

As David and his class finish posing for their class photo one Friday afternoon, his eyes immediately light up and a genuine smile breaks across his face as he looks across the cafeteria and sees his mentor, Charles. Charles returns the smile, happy to be taking a break from his rigorous studies at Stetson University College of Law to have lunch with his 4th grade pal at Gulfport Elementary School.  Read more here

                              Mentoring Matters Summit
Corporate and organizational leaders made commitments to engage their employees as Lunch Pals mentors through their participation in the first Mentoring Matters Summit on February 23rd. We are grateful to Raymond James Financial for hosting this call to action and their continued support and commitment towards assuring 100% student success. 

Read more in these Tampa Bay Times articles: Mentoring Matters Summit
                                                                            Lunch Pals Editorial

Participation So Far
Thank you to our fabulous partners who are making it possible to grow beyond our current 223 Lunch Pal mentor and student pairs at 12 schools!      
      • Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
      • Coast Guard
      • City of Dunedin
      • City of Largo
      • City of St. Petersburg
      • Cox Media
      • Eckerd College
      • Juvenile Welfare Board
      • Pinellas County Government
      • Pinellas County Schools Employees
      • Raymond James
      • St Petersburg College Campuses - Clearwater, Gibbs, Seminole
      • St Petersburg Police
      • Southside St. Petersburg Community PTA
      • Stetson University College of Law
      • Tech Data
      • University of South Florida-St Petersburg
What to Talk About?
 Explore these topics from The Kid's Book of Questions (Gregory Stock, Ph.D.) and start some good conversation!
  • What's the best thing that could happen to you? The worst thing?
  • If a friend gave you a gift you didn't like, would you pretend you liked it?
  • Who is your biggest hero Why do you think this person is so terrific?
 Looking for some fun things to do with your student?
  • March is National Art Month! Celebrate and sharpen observation skills with an artistic activity. Click on Tuning Into Art for directions.
  • Get ready to celebrate National Science Month in April! Click on Balloon Rocket for an easy experiment that is sure to spark some science interest.
More Mentors = More Engaged Students
Help grow the numbers of mentors involved!
  • Tell a co-worker how easy and fun mentoring is.
  • Inspire and challenge a friend to personally join the effort and suggest that their workplace does, too.
  • Connect us to a community organization or place of worship you're involved in.
  • Introduce us to some retirees who desire to inspire student success.
  • Encourage people to attend an upcoming Mentor Training listed on our website: Website Mentor Training Lists

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