Power Lunch is Boston’s premier early literacy intervention program for students in grades K–3. Power Lunch allows corporate volunteers to meet students where they are and lift them to new levels of competency and success.
Each reading mentor serves as a role model and friend, providing guidance in school while encouraging an enthusiasm for books and reading. At weekly meetings, mentors and students read aloud, play word games, talk about common interests and hobbies and, of course, have fun!
Corporate partners contribute annually at one of a variety of partnership levels. Corporations receive individualized benefits based on their level of sponsorship.BECOME A VOLUNTEER
- In 2015-2016, 70 students were mentored by 128 corporate Power Lunch volunteers in 6 schools.
- 95% of teachers who completed our survey gave Power Lunch an overall rating of good or excellent.
- 75% of volunteers who completed our survey reported that working with their student was good or excellent at making them more interested in reading.
1. ATTEND ORIENTATION.
Prior to volunteering, mentors receive a 90 minute orientation at their office that provides them information about reading techniques, the principles of effective mentoring, and the Boston Public Schools.
2. GET TRAINED.
Volunteers will be provided with all of the necessary materials to participate. Each Power Lunch school has books and other materials, as well as a Site Coordinator. In addition, volunteers will receive a monthly Power Lunch newsletter and quarterly Boston Partners newsletter with information about mentoring and other support sessions.
3. BEGIN TUTORING AND MENTORING.
Power Lunch mentors are asked to commit either one hour per week during a student’s lunch break for the duration of the school year or to visit their student every other week by alternating with a co-worker. Ideally, students will work with the same mentor(s) over three years.