Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County: Looking for Lunch Buddies

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) is seeking Lunch Buddies to become school-based mentors to youth in the Ventura and Oxnard areas for the 2014-2015 school year.

Oxnard, CA, August 15, 2014 --( Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) is seeking Lunch Buddies in the Ventura and Oxnard areas for the 2014-2015 school year.

As a Lunch Buddy, mentors are “matched” with a 3rd or 4th grade child at their choice of Montalvo Elementary (Ventura) or Chavez Elementary (Oxnard) schools. Throughout the school year, these Bigs and Littles will spend one-to-one time together once a week during lunch on the day that best fits their schedule.

Children in the Lunch Buddies program may be having trouble making friends, experiencing bullying, or struggling with self-confidence. The positive presence of Lunch Buddies at the elementary school sites shows Littles the importance of placing a value on education as well as helping them to feel more comfortable in school. Lunch Buddies read together, play board games, have fun at recess, or just catch up. The program is also a great stepping stone for anyone who might be interested in becoming a traditional, community-based Big Sister or Big Brother in the future, but who currently has a limited schedule. Lunch Buddies only have to be 18 years old - high school and college students are welcome to apply to be mentors in the program. A site-based mentoring specialist from BBSVC is at the schools for assistance and support during each Lunch Buddies session.

BBSVC matches up Bigs and Littles to provide the foundation for a solid friendship! Lunch Buddies go through an application process to share their personality, goals, and interests...and the Littles entering into the program do the same. The goal of Lunch Buddies is to create impactful, positive friendships that help children build greater self-confidence and reach their potential, while engaging with a child in their school environment.

By participating in the Lunch Buddies program, or other mentoring programs offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, community members can help change the trajectory of over 1,500 at-risk children and youth served in mentoring programs in our schools and community. BBSVC is grateful for the volunteers who engage with our community’s children to ensure that they have a brighter future. Program services include ongoing professional support for children, families, and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting mentoring relationships.

To become a Lunch Buddy, or to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, please contact Danica Selvaggio at or 805.484.2282.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBSVC) has been helping youth in Ventura County and neighboring communities realize their potential for over 44 years. Facilitating more than 1,500 one-to-one mentoring relationships annually between adult or school-based volunteers and youth ages 6-21, BBSVC is committed to bringing their life-changing program to every child who needs and wants it. BBSVC is an independent 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that depends on private donors for 75% of its funding. To donate, become a mentor, or learn more about BBSVC, please call (805) 484-2282 or go to
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County
Danica Selvaggio