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The Community-based Program
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The Community-based Program

One-on-one mentoring between an adult volunteer and a youth in our community. Buddy Pairs in the Community Program meet three to four times a month to spend one-on-one time on their own, doing something they both enjoy or engage in a variety of free Buddy Pair Activities and special opportunities that are organized by Buddy Program staff. This program is available to youth aged 6-18 living in the geographic area of Aspen to Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

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Mentor one youth, and change two lives.

  • All our volunteer mentors go through mandatory screening and training before being matched with a Little Buddy. 

  • Mentors, youth, and families receive coaching and support from a Mentoring Program Coordinator throughout their entire relationship. The Buddy Program stresses to Big Buddies the importance of consistency in building and maintaining a mentoring relationship.

  • The Buddy Program offers over 30 activities and special opportunities each year for Buddy Pairs in the Community Program. These free activities help Buddy Pairs to engage in creative, fun, and educational opportunities, as well as experience new things together and take advantage of all our area has to offer!

  • The Mentoring Program team also offers guidance and resources each month through our Mindful Mentoring newsletter. In addition, mentors are invited to bi-annual Mentor Forums where they can connect and enhance their mentoring skills.

  • The Buddy Program partners with local businesses to provide discounted products and services to our Buddy Pairs when they are out together.

Read the Guide for Parents

Lea la Guía del Buddy Program para los Padres

Watch the Program Video

Referencia de Jóvenes español

For more information on this program please contact

Ainhoa Bujan, Mentoring Program Director at ainhoa@buddyprogram.org

GET INVOLVED

What mentors, youth and parents think about this mentoring experience: 

“Throughout all of my experiences in the Buddy Program, I have felt how much everyone wanted me to succeed and always hoped and wished for the best for me. Being part of a program where I knew that everyone was rooting for me allowed for me to grow, and I learned to always hope for the best for others as well.”

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The School-based Program
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The School-based Program

In this program, each adult volunteer mentors a student in one of our local schools. They meet once a week at school for an hour for the entirety of the school year.

 

This program is available in the Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs Schools.

  • The Big and Little Buddy spend time together eating lunch, playing games, doing arts & crafts activities, and getting to know each other. 

  • Similar to our other programs, our volunteer mentors are screened, trained, and supported by a Mentoring Program Coordinator through their mentoring relationship.

Read the Guide for Parents

Lea la Guía del Buddy Program para los Padres

For more information on this program please contact

Ainhoa Bujan, Mentoring Program Director at ainhoa@buddyprogram.org

GET INVOLVED

“Being a Big Buddy in the School-based Program is a simple way to help and support a local child with a consistent schedule!”

 

Former School-based Big Buddy

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The Peer-to-Peer Program
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The Peer-to-Peer Program

In Peer-to-Peer, high school student volunteers are matched 1:1 with elementary and middle school students in a mentoring relationship. Peer-to-Peer operates at Aspen Elementary School/Aspen High School, Basalt Middle School/Basalt High School, and Crystal River Elementary School/Roaring Fork High School.

  • Buddy Pairs meet on the school grounds for one hour per week throughout the school year, under the supervision of Buddy Program staff

  • Typical activities include participating in interactive activities designed to build connections, playing games, and doing art projects.

  • School counselors and school district staff report happier, more engaged, better-focussed students. Looking to get involved?  Talk to your School Counselor, or reach out to our staff (contact info below)!

  • This relationship benefits both parties immensely, as the younger student has a caring, consistent mentor, and the high school students learn the importance of community stewardship and gain relevant real-world experience to apply as they enter the workforce or college post-high school

GET INVOLVED

For more information on this program please contact

Brooke Bockelman, Assistant Director at brooke@buddyprogram.org

The Buddy Program was truly a pleasure to be a part of. I am super thankful for it because I got to make relationships with people that are in a different school than me and are a lot younger than me. I’m glad that I was able to grow my leadership skills.  I’m super thankful for the Buddy Program and all of the people I was able to meet through it. 

Former Peer-to-Peer Big Buddy

The LEAD Program
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LEAD PROGRAM

LEAD programs are group, experiential mentoring programs designed to help Aspen to Glenwood Springs, and Rifle, teens in grades 6-12 develop a sense of community engagement and the following life skills: teamwork, communication with peers and adults, decision-making, goal-setting, leadership, confidence, and trust. Youth participate in a group setting where they achieve personal growth while supporting their peers to do the same.

LEAD PROGRAMS INCLUDE

HIGH SCHOOL OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP CLASSES 

High School Outdoor Leadership is a year-long, school-day course designed and taught by Buddy Program LEAD staff members at Basalt, Roaring Fork, and Rifle High Schools. Thirteen students annually at each school spend 300 hours developing leadership skills as well as skills for successful outdoor travel and exploration and participate in community service projects. Single and multi-day field trips include hikes, camping trips, hut trips, rock climbing, snowshoeing, and service projects, and students earn dual high school and college credit via Colorado Mountain College as Buddy Program course instructors are accredited CMC instructors.

MIDDLE SCHOOL OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS 

Middle School Outdoor Leadership at Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and Rifle Middle Schools is a year-long, extracurricular opportunity where thirteen 7th and 8th grade participants at each school engage in nearly 100 hours of leadership skills development and outdoor activity.  Students participate in 3-day trips in the spring and fall to locations such as backcountry huts, the Colorado National Monument, and Sylvan Lake State Park.  Students focus on life skills development through the lens of backcountry travel, teamwork, and individual reflection (“solos”) while in the field, and stay connected between trips via monthly meetings at school.

 

YOUTH CAMP (Grades 9-12)

Each June, Youth Camp engages 30 high school youth for 5 days and 4 nights in a journey to Moab, Utah. Participants camp overnight in the La Sal Mountains and experience “challenge by choice” via rock climbing, canyoneering, hiking, rafting, team building, and living in a respectful camp community.

 

DREAM DAY CAMP (Grades 6-8)

Each late July/early August, Dream Day Camp engages 20 middle school youth for 5 days of exploration around the Roaring Fork Valley.  Activities include environmental stewardship projects, art projects, outdoor activities such as rock climbing and low and high ropes course initiatives, team-building games, art projects, an overnight camping trip, river rafting, and participating in a respectful camp community.