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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Youth Development, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The buddy program empowers youth through mentoring experiences in order to achieve their full potential.

Programs: To pair young people in need with caring, responsible adult mentors. 1,098 roaring fork youth were serviced.

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Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am new to this organization, but was previously involved in experiential programming that is now being run by the Buddy Program. I have been amazed by the complete professionalism, efficiency and passion of the staff and how dedicated a base of volunteers they have. The impact that these buddy pairs have is amazing. Hearing stories and seeing first hand how much not only the kids have been impacted but the adults as well. It seems that sometimes the big buddies are learning just as much from their little buddies. I am just thrilled now that this organization is offering additional services through monthly life skills workshops, day camps and special trips all designed to really change kids lives. Now Buddies and those on the wait-list for Big Buddies have so much that they can be involved in. And with the Buddy Program hoping to expand further down valley, they will be able to serve even more kids in need.

Review from Guidestar

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Buddy Program has expanded and evolved to serve over 300 youth throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. As a Big Buddy of over 9 years to 2 kids, I have seen the growth kids make with a positive influence at their side- The Buddy Program facilitates that process by providing a variety of free activities to share and experience with a child in need. This program services kids of low income families- one of whose parents is often absent from their lives. A professional staff maintains contact throughout the term of the relationship, while offering counseling services when situations arise that may require additional support. I hear constantly about the impact of mentoring and find it very rewarding. This program has brought together many outstanding individuals with whom I am proud to be associated.

Review from Guidestar

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Buddy Program is an amazing organization that I’ve been privileged to see change the lives of the youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. Being a Big Buddy has given me the opportunity to help support and encourage the development of youth to become more invested in themselves, the success of their future and realize the positive impact they can make in their community and in the lives of others. The Buddy Program has a focus on the youth to make sure that all participants are given the respect and time they deserve with the support of the staff counselors. When I became a Big Buddy I underwent an extensive interview process and numerous background checks to ensure that the individuals the Little Buddies would come in contact with were safe and appropriate roll models. The program has strict rules and guidelines about the environment you expose your Little Buddy to, making sure there is never any alcohol, drugs or dangerous situations. The program encourages free activates such as volunteering together, spending quality time outdoors going on a walk or just reading a book. There is no pressure to act as an entertainer or parental figure, just a friend who cares about the Little Buddy and wants to spend quality time mentoring. For anyone looking for a cause to get behind and support I don’t know a better way than inspiring the youth of our valley. The Buddy Program is the Gold Standard to youth organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Review from Guidestar