Mentor teaching his mentee how to use a hammer.

Community Based Mentoring

Involves the adult mentor meeting with the mentee (the child) "in the community", i.e. at your home having dinner and playing a game, going fishing, taking in a play, walking the dog, etc. The recommended time commitment is a minimum of six hours a month and generally occurs outside of the school and workday. A one-year commitment is required, with the option of extending it beyond that first year. 

Lunch Buddies

Lunch Buddies


A program where an adult mentor is matched with one or two second graders. Eat lunch together, read, do an activity, and have conversation with each other. Learn about the mentee and just be a friend. The second graders look forward to there Lunch Buddy twice a month. What a fun way to spend your lunch hour!  Lunch Buddies meet at Murphy Elementary and Bigfork Elementary schools from 11:30-12:20. Program runs the school year. Can't commit to the whole year, become a sub! 

Kinship Connections

High school students are paired with elementary or middle school students in a supervised, after-school activity program. Meeting every Wednesday at the Grand Rapids Middle School from 2:30-4:00.  Bigfork high school students are paired with third and fourth graders during school hours and meet once a month.