End of the Year for Peer-to-Peer

 In Uncategorized

Aspen P2P certsWhat a year!  On May 1, four of the five Peer-to-Peer programs in the valley had their end of the year parties.  Each fall, high school students at Aspen, Basalt, and Roaring Fork High Schools apply to become Big Buddies in the program.  They submit applications, give references, and are interviewed.  After being admitted, they are matched with an elementary or middle school Little Buddy at Aspen Elementary or Middle, Basalt Elementary or Middle, or Crystal River Elementary School.  Buddy Pairs meet weekly during lunch and play games, do arts and crafts, or just hang out and talk.  It’s a way for kids that just need a little something extra in their lives to receive one-on-one attention from a high school mentor.

As the Peer-to-Peer Coordinator at Aspen Elementary, I’ve witnessed these relationships flourish.  Little Buddies are bouncing off the walls with excitement each week to see their Big Buddies.  They gain confidence in themselves and enhance their relationship-building skills.  Frequently we concentrate on what a wonderful experience it is for the Little Buddies, but we also see how much the Big Buddies enjoy their time with their Little Buddies.  Not only are they becoming mentors, but they’re also learning about giving back to their community.

It’s always bittersweet to plan the end of the year party for Peer-to-Peer Buddies.  On the one hand, it’s sad to put the relationships on hold for the summer but it’s also a time to reflect on all of the wonderful relationships that we’ve seen foster over the previous school year.  These kids (both Big and Little!) have really changed and grown, and will be better off having developed a quality relationship through the program.

Recent Posts
Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.