Values, Mission, & Vision of the Buddy Program

Our Commitment to Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion

At the Buddy Program, our mission is to empower youth through mentoring experiences to achieve their full potential. We envision a thriving community in which all members are supported and connected through meaningful relationships and experiences to achieve success. We recognize that many members of our community, especially those that identify as black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), may not have equitable access to employment, a living wage, housing, healthcare, education, and may experience discrepancies within the criminal justice system. These barriers and disparate conditions result in a lack of equity that serves as an impediment to many youth achieving their full potential. 

Social justice extends beyond attitudes and into actions that we take to promote a safe, accessible, and honoring space for all individuals to thrive. We recognize our responsibility to, and leadership within, our community through the following commitments: 

  • Consciously cultivating an inclusive and welcoming climate and organizational culture among staff, board members, volunteers, participants and donors that embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people 
  • Creating and maintaining programming free from discrimination  
  • Continued, sustainable growth and allocation of resources as an organization that addresses the complexities and needs of the diverse communities we serve 
  • Movement beyond tolerance and toward active inclusion, affirmation, and the celebration of our differences 
  • Ongoing self-examination of our attitudes, formal and informal policies and practices, assumptions and judgments, and assessment of our privilege with the end goal of acting in alliance with BIPOC and other marginalized community members  

Nuestro Compromiso con la Justicia Social, Diversidad e Inclusión  

En el Buddy Programnuestra misión es empoderar a los jóvenes mediante experiencias para alcanzar su mayor potencial. Imaginamos una comunidad próspera en la que todos sus miembros son apoyados y conectados mediante relaciones significativas para alcanzar el éxito. Reconocemos que muchos miembros de nuestra comunidad, especialmente aquellos que se identifican como negros, indígenas y personas de color (BIPOC), pueden no tener un acceso igualitario a un empleoun salario digno, una vivienda, atención médica, educación y pueden experimentar discrepancias con el sistema judicial penal. Estas barreras y condiciones dispares resultan en una falta de equidad que sirve como impedimento para que muchos jóvenes alcancen su mayor potencial.  

La justicia social se extiende más allá de actitudes y en acciones que tomamos para promover un espacio seguro, accesible y respetuoso en el que todos los individuos prosperenReconocemos nuestra responsabilidad y liderazgo en nuestra comunidad mediante los siguientes compromisos:  

  • Cultivar conscientemente un clima inclusivo y acogedor y una cultura organizativa entre el personal, miembros del consejo, voluntarios, participantes y donantes que acojan las diferencias con los brazos abiertos y ofrezcan respeto con sus palabras y acciones hacia todas las personas.  
  • Crear y mantener nuestros programas libres de discriminación.  
  • Un crecimiento sostenible y continuado y la distribución de los recursos como una organización que aborda las complejidades y necesidades de las comunidades diversas que servimos.  
  • Un movimiento más allá de la tolerancia y hacia una inclusión activa, afirmación y celebración de nuestras diferencias.  
  • Un autoexamen de nuestras actitudes, políticas y prácticas formales e informales, suposiciones y opiniones, y una valoración de nuestro privilegio con el objetivo final de actuar en alianza con BIPOC y otros miembros de comunidades marginales.  

Core Values

In order to deliver quality services to youth, their families, volunteers, boards, donors, and the community, the Buddy Program staff adheres to the following Core Values:

  • We value respect for all individuals in all forms of communication.
    • Most respectful interpretation
    • Trust amongst staff
  • We value open, direct, honest, and timely communication with all individuals.
    • Professional, respectful conversations
    • Appropriate vehicle (email/phone/meeting/one-on-one) for conversation used for appropriate subject
    • Speak up when needed
  • We value integrity.
    • We do what we say we are going to do
  • We value listening.
    • We listen to understand
  • We value taking care of ourselves in order to take care of others.
  • We value measuring growth rather than mistakes.
    • If we make a mistake, it is not measured by how bad the mistake is but how much we grow from that mistake.
  • We value all that we are able to give to the community and are grateful for an acknowledge all that we have.
  • We act as ambassadors to our community in our personal lives as well as our professional lives.
  • We value, celebrate and consciously cultivate diversity.

Mission & Vision

Mission: The Buddy Program empowers youth through mentoring experiences to achieve their full potential.

Vision: We envision a thriving community in which all members are supported and connected through meaningful relationships and experiences to achieve success.

Client Anti-Discrimination Policy Statement

The Buddy Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, political conviction, national origin, citizenship, gender, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, military status, age, sexual orientation, income level, immigration status, and disability.

The Buddy Program actively strives to identify and eliminate discrimination by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices, and attitudes, so that access to programming is inclusive and power is shared equitably.

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El Buddy Program no discrimina en base a raza, color de piel, religión, convicciones políticas, origen nacional, ciudadanía, género, expresión de género, estado civil, embarazo, estado militar, edad, orientación sexual, nivel de ingresos, estado de inmigración y discapacidad. 

El Buddy Program se esfuerza activamente en identificar y eliminar la discriminación cambiando sistemas, estructuras organizativas, normas, prácticas y actitudes para que el acceso al programa sea inclusivo y el poder se comparta justamente. 

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