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Community Dinner Explores Impact of Marijuana on Developing Adolescent Brains

  • Higher sense of self-esteem
  • Better decision making
  • Interest in and attendance at school
  • Stronger relationships with family and peers
Nelson speakingAbout 25 community members joined the Buddy Program at the home of John and Jessica Fullerton on October 21st for dinner and a discussion of the potential impact of marijuana legalization on our community. Dr. Alan Nelson, Board Certified Psychiatrist who works with teens and adults in the area of addiction medicine, spoke about the science behind addiction and marijuana’s impacts.  A panel of Buddy Program Case Managers and Big Buddy’s then spoke on how specifically they address issues like this with Little Buddies, to help make sure they are positioned to make smart, healthy decisions.  Click the links below for more information.

Dr. Nelson has offices in Carbondale and Aspen, and can be reached at 970-963-1588

Marijuana’s Effects on the Brain

Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use

Cannabis Revisited


Board Member Diane Anderson and Big Buddy Isabel Wolfer awarded Pitkin County Cares Awards!

Diane Anderson Isabel WolferTwo people associated with the Buddy Program were honored today with Pitkin County Cares Awards.

We are extremely proud that Buddy Program Board Member Diane Anderson has won the 2014 Pitkin County Cares Award for the Children/Youth category! Diane has served on the Buddy Program Board of Directors since 2004, and has been the Chair of the Development Committee for many of those years.  She is an unwavering pillar of support for the board and the organization, and a personal counselor to many of the staff.  This award is very well deserved, and we are very lucky to be able to work with Diane in so many ways!  You can view the video of the reading of her proclamation here.

Also honored was Isabel Wolfer, who won in the Rising Star category. Isabel is a Big Buddy in our Peer-to-Peer program at Aspen High School.  She was recognized for her work with the Buddy Program and with Pathfinders.  Congratulations Isabel!


Wait List Little Buddies

Brothers Abraham and Adrian T. have each been waiting for a Big Buddy for 2 years. Watch their video below to learn more about them and call us today if you are interested in making a difference in their lives through mentoring!

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Buddy Program Awards Over $38,000 in Continuing Education Scholarships!

This year the Buddy Program awarded $38,600 to 34 high school seniors who have been Peer to Peer Big Buddies, Little Buddies or LEAD participants. Seven of these individuals are the first generation in their families to attend college. Scholarship amounts range from $250 to $4000. Since 2012 the Buddy Program has awarded $125,100 in continuing education scholarships to 65 youth, 22 of whom have been first generation in their families to attend college.

Many thanks to Ali and Lewis Sanders and Debbie and Richard Jelinek for their generous support of the 2013 Buddy Program’s Scholarship Fund. (Pictured: Sole Lowe, Director of Community Programs, with scholarship recipient Natalie)


Experiential Program Has a New Name

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Outdoor Leadership Participants from Roaring Fork High School take in the view

We are thrilled to announce a new name for our Experiential Group Mentoring Program: LEAD (Leadership through Exploration, Action, and Discovery).  Our LEAD group mentoring programs help at-risk teens develop life skills while exploring hands-on activities alongside peers and caring adults. LEAD includes Moab Youth Camp, D.R.E.A.M. Day Camp, Outdoor Leadership at Roaring Fork High school and Carbondale Middle School, and a variety of monthly activities.  Click here to learn more about L.E.A.D. Many thanks to Nathan and Karen Sandler, Laura and Lance Welch, The John Denver Aspenglow Fund, the Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation, Aspen Rotary Club, and the Betty Jane Schuss Charitable Fund for their generous support of LEAD.

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Buddy Program in Action!

We often use this space to tell you of what we’re doing and how important it is.  Today we will illustrate the impact we have with the true-life story of one of our Little Buddies, Danny. When Danny was in 6th grade he and his brother immigrated to the United States to live with his…

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A Day in the Life of a Buddy Program Case Manager

Buddy Pair Sky and Carlton, and Case Manager Sarah Evans, on Lemonade Day in Aspen

The occupation of Case Manager and Program Coordinator is somewhat esoteric.  For people in the community – from my personal friends to donors – the work of program staff in a mentoring organization like the Buddy Program may not be well understood.  Because I am extremely proud of the work that I and my colleagues do and…

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