Mentor Recruitment Challenge


Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month?

To celebrate, we are hosting the second annual Mentor Recruitment Challenge. This friendly competition mobilizes you, our 500+ Power Lunch mentors, to help us reach an ambitious goal: cut our student waitlist in half by recruiting 100+ new mentors!

Despite surpassing our fall mentor match goals, we still have about 200 students on the waitlist across our 12 Power Lunch schools. These kindergarten - 6th grade students returned permission slips in the fall and are eagerly awaiting their matches.

EWDC staff will spend most of January on mentor recruitment. However, we cannot recruit 100 new mentors alone. What better way to boost our impact than to turn the reins over to our best ambassadors -- our Power Lunch Mentors!

MRC Leaderboard-2

The numbers have been tallied for week 1 of the Mentor Recruitment Challenge. Where do you rank on the leaderboard this week? The top 10 mentors with the most points are displayed every Friday throughout #NationalMentoringMonth.

Schedule and Prizes

The competition begins on Thursday, January 2, 2020 and runs through Friday, January 31, 2020. Weekly score updates will be posted on social media and this page starting Friday, January 10.


The three hardworking mentors who earn the most points (see How to Earn Points, below) will earn great prizes!

  • 1st Place: Four 400-level tickets to 2/25 Caps v. Winnipeg Jets hockey game
  • 2nd Place: Two 400-level tickets to 2/7 Wizards v. Dallas Mavericks basketball game
  • 3rd Place: Washington Nationals baseball memorabilia and $25 Pacers gift card

How to Earn Points

There are many recruitment activities which earn MRC points. Participants may complete the same activity more than once to receive additional points!


1 Point: Engage with EWDC on Social Media

Social media is one of the easiest ways to spread the word! For example, you may:

  • Like/Follow “Everybody Wins DC” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn.
  • Send a brief testimonial about EWDC or the Power Lunch program to
  • Share/Retweet an EWDC post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  • Comment on, or respond to, posts on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  • Write a social media post about your Power Lunch reading session. Here's an example tweet for inspiration. Use the hashtag “#EWDCreads” and tag Everybody Wins DC.


1 Point: Bring a Friend to Power Lunch

Bring a potential new mentor to your Power Lunch Session to help them see the impact they could make! At least 48 hours in advance, please get approval from your School Coordinator to ensure adequate space.


2 Points: Refer a New Mentor Applicant

...It's as easy as that! Just make sure the person you've referred has listed you on their application. You may also send the person's first name, last name, and email address to


3 Points: Referred applicant completes their clearance

For each applicant you refer (see above) who also completes their required volunteer clearance, you receive an additional 3 points! Added points represent the added commitment your referral has made on their path to becoming a mentor.


4 Points: Obtain your volunteer clearance

To jumpstart their challenge participation, recent applicants who provide documentation of their completed clearance will receive 4 points. Current mentors who provide documentation of clearance renewal will also receive 4 points.


Review the DCPS volunteer clearance process here; submit your DCPS clearance application here. Email with any clearance questions!


5 Points: Schedule an info session or book drive

Engage larger groups of potential new EWDC supporters by organizing an info session or book drive! Consider contacting your neighborhood association, college alumni group, or office volunteer coordinator.


Led by an EWDC staff member, info sessions are 10-30 minute presentations about EWDC and Power Lunch. Most organizations prefer to host an info session in conjunction with events that are already scheduled (e.g., standing meetings, etc.).


Book drives, on the other hand, allow EWDC to fill targeted gaps in our inventory. For example, as we prepare for Black History Month, we'll need to restock our collection of books celebrating African American contributions to civics, science, and the arts. Wish lists and other book drive resources are provided by EWDC staff.

Recruitment Materials

Below are some resources to help you spread the word:


If you have any remaining questions about the 2020 Mentor Recruitment Challenge, please email