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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.

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 support to students who need a little extra one-on-one attention.

LINKS Lunch Buddy mentors help students feel engaged, supported and challenged which can improve students' confidence and help students acquire the skills needed for lifelong success, in school and beyond. Studies have shown that children with mentors are more likely to succeed.

Mentoring promotes

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Better social skills
  • Increased attendance
  • Fewer discipline referrals
  • Improved attitude towards school and the future
  • Improved grades

Apply to be a LINKS Lunch Buddy

LINKS Lunch Buddy mentor support

LINKS Lunch Buddy Program FAQ

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Contact Information

Victoria Goetze-Nelson
LINKS Program Coordinator

Empowering Youth Though the LINKS Lunch Buddy Program

Benefits of being a LINKS Lunch Buddy mentor


LINKS Lunch Buddy mentors share their experiences