For many kids having some type of positive role model in their lives can make a big difference for them. A new mentor program is being started with first graders in Hibbing as the "Lunch Buddies Program." One day a week the adult lunch buddy will meet with the child they are mentoring. The two schools that are part of the pilot project are Greenhaven and Washington.

Shelley Valentini, executive director of the United Way of NE Minnesota said they are currently looking for 20 mentors and the program will run from March through May.  Sarah Gardeski is an Education and Childhood Programs Specialist who will be coordinating the mentors said, " Don't worry about experience. All you need is a love of kids. It's absolutely life changing." She has coached before, and said "working with kids impacts you forever. It's the most rewarding thing I've ever done."

I would assume that some type of  mentoring programs exist in Twin Ports schools, but I must say I really love this idea of spending time with the kids during lunch. I think that would be a great opportunity to just hang out and talk, and who wouldn't like a little company on your lunch break, right? For more information on this program click here.

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