The first Power Lunch mentors were U.S. Senators who mentored students at a nearby elementary school on Capitol Hill. Today, Power Lunch Reading Mentors come from a wide array of organizations, including law firms, nonprofits, government offices, and the offices of members of Congress. These organizations are our partners, supporting their employees who have chosen to mentor students through EWDC.

How the Partnership Works

Everybody Wins DC takes care of the logistics of pairing partners’ employees with students, including identifying a Power Lunch school in need of Reading Mentors, providing orientation and mentoring resources, matching employees with students, providing age-appropriate and engaging reading materials, and linking mentors with an onsite coordinator who can reschedule Power Lunch dates, provide school and student updates, and offer helpful advice and resources. The time commitment is just one hour per week from September through May.

Partners Support the Power Lunch Program by
  • Holding information sessions and using internal communications to promote Power Lunch to prospective Reading Mentors within the organization.
  • Financially supporting the program. This financial support helps to provide the necessary funding for the following:
    • Books for Everybody Wins DC Reading Mentors to read with students at school,
    • Books for students to take home and keep,
    • Onsite school coordinators who facilitate mentor/student relationships and monitor the program, and
    • Educational enrichment programs for students.

How To Get Started

To become an EWDC Power Lunch partner, please contact us at