THE BUDDY PROGRAM INC

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 110 E. Hallam St. Suite 125 Aspen CO 81611 USA

Mission:

The Buddy Program strengthens our community by guiding and inspiring youth through mentoring.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the change that it can make in the lives of youth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like it see the programs keep growing throughout the valley so that more kids can experience the amazing experiential programs and have the support and caring of a big buddy mentoring them in their lives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know amazing kids who have faced challenges I cannot even imagine, and kids who are like me that still face amazing challenges.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, passionate,so happy to be doing what they are doing and always want to do more.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand throughout the entire Roaring Fork Valley, serve more kids through mentoring and experiential programs, and have more ability to run experiential programming.

Ways to make it better...

I have had a great experience so far.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the same challenges of all organizations. Money. Big hearts and big dreams on the staff and they cannot all be realized because of funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am honored to be a part of this organization and get to be a voice to advocate for it and all of the great kids that it serves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many different ways. I volunteer on the Board of Directors to recruit new Big Buddies. I serve as a Big Buddy by spending time about once a week with my Little Buddy. He has become a more confident individual through the sports we share.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the many people who also share a passion for mentoring. The extensive activities offered are things I like to do even when I am not being a Big Buddy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very experienced. People that know how to handle challenging situations and make mentoring feel simple.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to more children. add programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The reward I get from being a Big Buddy is so amazing. I always am grateful that I’m able to be a part of my Little Buddies life – at times I feel like I’m the lucky one in the program!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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