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    Looking Into the Needs of Kids and Schools (LINKS)

    The LINKS (Looking into the Needs of Kids and Schools) volunteer program is part of the Lake Washington School District (LWSD), with additional funding provided by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. LINKS matches interested applicants with volunteer opportunities in our schools. As a LINKS volunteer, you provide additional support needed by students to achieve academic and personal success now and in the future.

    Make a difference in the life of a child: become a LINKS Lunch Buddy

    A mentor is someone who serves as a friend, coach, role model or guide. In the LINKS Lunch Buddy Program, we bring students together with caring adults. Mentors come during school hours once a week and spend the lunch hour in a pre-assigned area to eat, play games, make crafts, talk and do other agreed-upon activities. Mentors provide social-emotional support to students who need a little extra one-on-one attention. Studies have shown that children with mentors are more likely to succeed.

    LINKS Lunch Buddy mentors receive support for a smooth start

    After you apply to become a LINKS Lunch Buddy, a two-hour mentor orientation is required to support a successful experience. To sign up for an orientation, contact Victoria Goetze-Nelson at 425-936-1410 with the date you will be attending.

    Orientation may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Please check the LINKS orientations calendar page one week before your scheduled training date to confirm the meeting has not been rescheduled.

    Three steps to becoming a LINKS Lunch Buddy

    1. Fill out the district volunteer application (if you are already an approved volunteer, proceed to step 2).
      Volunteer Application
    2. Fill out a LINKS application (PDF)
      LINKS Lunch Buddy application
    3. Attend an orientation session
      Upcoming orientations

    If you have questions about how to become a LINKS Lunch Buddy, please contact Victoria Goetze-Nelson at 425-936-1410.

    LINKS Lunch Buddy Program FAQ

    Contact Information

    Victoria Goetze-Nelson
    LINKS Program Coordinator
    vgoetzenelson@lwsd.org
    425-936-1410

    Lunch Buddy mentors share their experiences