Frederick Douglass: It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

The Need in Clatsop County


Right here in Clatsop County:

There are nearly 200 students who would benefit from the attention of a caring adult mentor. The Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program (LBMP) is aware of this growing need in our community.  However, at present we are only able to provide mentors to about 40 of these students.  This leaves over 160 children in our area who are not receiving the positive attention needed in their lives.

Impact of mentors

Compared to their peers, mentored students are:

  • 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs.
  • 27% are less likely to start drinking.
  • 52% are less likely to skip school.

*Source: Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Youth who were at risk, but got a mentor are:

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
  • 90% more likely interested in becoming a mentor



What do students say?  

"I like having a Lunch Buddy because she is fun, cool and nice."

"The best thing about having a Lunch Buddy is I have someone else to talk to besides friends, and I have more recess choices. Also, he is fun to hang out with and do sports with."

What do teachers say?

"Having an extra adult role model in a student's life can be the support and encouragement that student needs to set them on the road to success."

What do mentors say?

"I'm a mentor because I want to be a positive influence in my buddies life.  I want to be her friend"

"I am a Lunch Buddy because kids are awesome!"

" I am a Lunch Buddy because I love kids and want to make a difference  - and Recess is fun!"

What's involved / FAQs

Becoming a mentor involves your commitment to a student for one day a week during the school year.