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LL HK Klanderud award

Congratulations to Buddy Program Assistant Director Lindsay Lofaro, the inaugural recipient of the Helen Kalin Klanderud Leadership Award! Lindsay received this recognition for her leadership, passion, service and commitment to quality in Health and Human Service in the Roaring Fork Valley, awarded by Pitkin county Health and Human Services. 

We’re proud of you Lindsay!

Buddy Program Awards Empowerment Scholarships to 75 Little Buddies


This fall, seventy five Little Buddies were awarded up to $100 each to take part in different extra-curricular activities. Thirty seven of these Little Buddies will be involved with Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Clubs programs where they will develop as athletes while at the same time learning AVSC’s core values of commitment, teamwork, and integrity. Other Little Buddies will be using their Empowerment Scholarships funds towards gymnastics, martial arts, theater, piano lessons, and wrestling, among other activities.

 Research shows that youth who participate in extra-curricular activities are more likely to have better grades, higher educational attainment, as well as higher self-esteem. The Buddy Program is proud to have awarded so many Empowerment Scholarships for extra-curricular activities that decrease the opportunity for youth to engage in risky behaviors and encourage positive youth development. 

The Joys of Being a Buddy!

Aspen Daily News

October 25, 2013


Life smiles at us when we do something for someone else. It’s a basic law. 
The Buddy Program provides us with a unique opportunity for life to smile through the face of a child. Those who have experienced this know that there is nothing more wonderful. This is why I decided to become a Big Buddy mentor.
I would say that being a volunteer only takes a few hours out of my week, but the reality is that those hours aren’t “taken” from me; they are given to me.
There is no better investment for our community than listening, playing and smiling with a young person who in the future will become a source of light in our neighborhood, or anywhere else in the world. This is the best way to prevent crime and hopelessness, and to promote love and abundance.
The Buddy Program needs more male and female mentors in the midvalley, where the most children are waiting to be matched.   
Call Heather Hicks, director of recruitment, for more information on how you can get involved at (970) 920-2130, or visit www.buddyprogram.org.

Samuel Bernal

Buddy Program to present at prestigious National Mentoring Summit!


We are very proud to announce that Lindsay Lofaro and Sarah Evans from the Buddy Program have been chosen to present at the prestigious National Mentoring Summit in January 2014!  Read the full press release!

Buddy Program Receives $25,000 Grant from Aspen Community Foundation


“I am delighted and honored to announce that the Buddy Program has been awarded a grant of $25,000 by Aspen Community Foundation,” David Houggy, Executive Director of the Buddy Program, announced today. According to Houggy, the grant will be used to help fund expanding the Buddy Program’s core Community Mentoring Program in Carbondale.

–> Read the full press release

Annual Buddy Challenge Day

deaf camp

On Saturday, August 24th, Big and Little Buddies took part in a life-changing day at the Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Activities included ropes course initiatives, mural painting, an introduction to American Sign Language and collaging. Objectives for the day for Buddy Pairs included: bonding, building trust, improving communication, developing empathy and integrity and having fun together. This was our 2nd-annual enhanced, day-long activity for Buddy Pairs to bond and enjoy an unforgettable experience in Old Snowmass.

Check out the photos on Facebook!

Buddy Program Awards $52,500 in Scholarships!

grad caps

The Buddy Program is proud to announce that the Scholarship Committee recently awarded $52,500 in Scholarships to area high school seniors. There were 17 recipients from Aspen, Basalt and Roaring Fork High Schools with 9 students being the first of their families to attend college.


“The Buddy Program is honored to help provide the opportunity for these students to continue their education,” said Lindsay Lofaro, Program Director for the Buddy Program.  “We also wish to thank the members of the Scholarship Committee: Chris Bryan, Alex Kendrick, Richard Jelinek.”

==>Read the full press release


Give Back to Your Community in 2014!

Another year has begun and is filled with the hope for a bright year of health and happiness. It is very common that at the beginning of a new year we all begin to think about resolutions: things that we want to change or improve in our lives, new goals and purposes. If you are…

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

There are many reasons that we love the weeks that stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.  The mountains open for skiing, gatherings with friends and family abound, and at the Buddy Program we are reminded what makes the Roaring Fork Valley such a special place.  On Thanksgiving Day, Aspen’s Hickory House once again selected the…

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