FUMC of Arlington

School-Based Mentoring

School-Based Mentoring

Exciting Changes for Big Hope Mentoring!

To simplify our name and align it exactly with what we do, Big Hope Mentoring is now called School-Based Mentoring. We will still be working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but we can now accept interested mentors that are not church members. If you have a friend or family member that would make a great mentor, please put them in touch with Jill Regina.

It is fun and easy to be a lunch buddy mentor, so help us share God’s love by sharing your lunch time with a child who needs a little extra attention!

A Collaboration Built on Faith and Expertise

FUMC of Arlington initially joined the Big Hope Network (Kids Hope USA + Big Brothers Big Sisters) in 2012 with a funding grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Fund. Our mentors are church members and members of the local community who are trained, matched, and supervised in ongoing, one-to-one relationship with a child at Webb Elementary and beyond. Mentors are trained to use a weekly hour visit during the school year to build a relationship focused on the emotional and social needs that can seriously limit the ability of their child to learn.

What is Mentoring?

School-based mentoring is a fun and easy way to help a local at-risk child. Our lunch buddies visit with their Little Brother or Little Sister once a week during the student's lunch/recess time (approximately 30 minutes to an hour depending on the grade level). Our mentors and their matches usually spend time reading, playing games, doing arts and crafts, or simply talking about their day. Some mentors choose to help out with homework, but don't worry, you won't have to do any math unless you want to! This little bit of one-on-one time for the child can make all the difference - plus, it's fun!


Below are the ways you can volunteer:

  • Mentor – visit a child one hour a week at school during the school year 
  • Prayer Partner – be the person who upholds the child, the mentor, and relationship in life-changing prayer 
  • Substitute Mentor – be available to stand in for a mentor who must miss a session

School-Based Mentoring at FUMC of Arlington

To volunteer with School-Based Mentoring or if you have any questions, please contact Jill Regina, director of School-Based Mentoring at FUMC of Arlington, at 817-274-2571.