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Buddy Program and lululemon BBQ!
Annual Bash for the Buddies!
THANK YOU to all of the Buddies, sponsors, volunteers, staff, and guests who made The Rockstar Buddy Bash possible! Check out pictures from the event here and pictures and videos from the photobooth here!
Boogie's 31st Annual Buddy Race!
Boogie’s annual Buddy Race!
July 4th, 2017
Buddy Program Awards $25,000 in Continuing Education Scholarships!
The Buddy Program awarded 17 scholarships totaling $25,000 for higher education to well-deserving high school students from Aspen to Carbondale, CO for the 2016-2017 school year.
Our mission is to empower youth through mentoring experiences in order to achieve their full potential, and we are honored to carry out that mission. Congratulations seniors!
Pictured: Jill Gruenberg with BHS Scholarship winners!
Pictured: Liz Sinkinson with AHS Scholarship winners!
Daniels Fund and Boettcher Scholarship Awards!
Congratulations to our Peer-to-Peer Big Buddies who received FULL RIDE Daniels Fund and Boettcher Scholarships to college!
These scholarships are given to high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. Volunteering with the Buddy Program has played an essential role in receiving these, and we could not be more proud of them! We are ecstatic to see where their futures take them.
Click here to become a Big Buddy!
Carbondale Chamber Non-Profit of the Year!
We are beyond honored to be recognized as 2016’s Carbondale Chamber Non-Profit Business of the year! Thank you for the opportunity and the recognition!
Happy 75th Birthday to one of our star Big Buddies, Arlene Nelson! Arlene and Jakaline have been paired for almost a year and they spend most Sundays together. Arlene comes up with great activities for them to do together: snowshoeing up Hunter Creek, exploring Independence pass during winter, hiking at Maroon Bells where Arlene is a forest service ambassador, gardening, and cooking dinner together. Arlene certainly sets the bar high for a mentor of any age!
Pitkin County Cares Awards
Two of our Big Buddies were honored at the Pitkin County Cares Award Ceremony on November 16th! Community Big Buddy, Anne Blackwell, and Peer-to-Peer Big Buddy, Elizabeth de Wetter recieved awards for outstanding volunteer service in our community. We are so proud of them!
Pictured left to right:
Elizabeth’s parents, Regina and Robert, receive their daughter’s award on her behalf, as she is a freshman in college in Boulder.
Anne Blackwell and her Buddy, Samantha, stand together as Anne is honored.
Community Dinner Explores Impact of Marijuana on Developing Adolescent Brains
About 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
Mentee Waitlist Spotlight-September 2017
Name: Tacha L. Age: 10 Lives in: Basalt
Tacha L. is a 10 year old 4th grade student at Aspen Country Day School. Tacha lives in Basalt with her mother, but before she moved to the valley at age 9, Tacha grew up in Kenya. Tacha is a unique and energetic girl who has traveled extensively, speaks 3 different languages, enjoys horseback riding, snowboarding, and soccer, plays violin and guitar, and enjoys drawing and pottery. Tacha is waiting for the right Mentor who can keep up with her vast sense of adventure and curiosity!
Contact Recruitment Manager, Laura Seay, for more information on becoming a Big Buddy! [email protected]
Mentee Waitlist Spotlight-August 2017
Mentee Waitlist Spotlight-June 2017
Mentee Waitlist Spotlight-May 2017
Mentee Waitlist Spotlight- April 2017
Mentee Waitlist Spotlight- March 2017
Mentee Waitlist Spotlight- October 2016
Name: Tyler S. Lives in: Aspen Age:11
Tyler enjoys football, soccer and being outdoors.
The one thing he would love to do with his Big Buddy is to go to the Glenwood Springs Caverns, as he’s trying to conquer his fear of heights. He is full of energy and his smile will make you melt!
click here to become a Big Buddy!
Mentee Waitlist Spotlight - Sept 2016
Lives in: El Jebel
Mentee Waitlist Spotlight - Summer 2016
Name: Ariel R. Age: 11 this summer! Lives in: Carbondale
Favorite activities: Ariel is very active and loves sports and the outdoors. He has been involved with the AVSC, taking snowboard lessons. He also likes riding bikes, playing football, soccer and basketball, swimming, music and dancing!
What Ariel would gain from having a mentor: Ariel is REALLY excited about getting a Big Buddy to explore and be active with. He would benefit from having a Big Buddy who can help him experience many different types of activities in the valley!
Ariel was recently matched with a Big Buddy! Click here to see!
Click here to become a Big Buddy!