What We Do
The Buddy Program offers four mentoring programs to youth from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Additionally, we provide critical additional services to our youth and their families such as therapeutic counseling, scholarships, and enhanced case management. Through one or combination of these programs and services, it is our goal that each of our youth participants is able to thrive and reach his or her full potential.
An adult volunteer paired with a youth ages 6 to 18. Meet one-on-one 3-4 times per month for activities as determined by the pair, including playing outdoors, hikes, cooking, movies etc.
An adult volunteer paired with a youth ages 6 to 18. Meet one-on-one once per week during the school year for board games, outdoor play time, or to hang out and talk about life.
A high school volunteer paired with an elementary or middle school student. Meet one-on-one once per week during the school year for board games, outdoor play time, or to hang out and talk about life.
Our flagship program, Outdoor Leadership, teaches high school youth about outdoor and environment issues while exploring topics in leadership. Youth in grades 8-12 meet once per month after school for fun activities and life skills learning sessions in a group setting. Youth also participate in June Moab Youth Camp and August Dream Day Camp to stay connected when school is not in session and have an opportunity to push their boundaries and develop deep peer connections.
Who Are Our Little Buddies?
- Youth ages 6 to 18 years old, from Aspen to Carbondale, Colorado.
- Recommended for participation in our programs by school professionals, social service agencies, law enforcement agencies, therapists, parents, or by the youth themselves.
- Referred because of their need for companionship, guidance, and encouragement.
- The youth may be from either one- or two-parent households.
- They are wealthy and poor, minorities and majorities, and most just need a little extra push and direction in their lives.
- Some have had conflicts with teachers, parents, peers or law enforcement, while others simply want to try new things, meet new people and share daily experiences.
Who are our Big Buddies?
- In our Community, School-based and LEAD mentoring programs, our Big Buddies are screened, trained and case-managed volunteer adults who want to make a positive difference in a child’s life.
- In our Peer-to-Peer Program, our Big Buddies are high school students, generally Juniors and Seniors.
“More Than Mentoring:” The Buddy Program’s Inclusive Approach
- When a child is referred to the Buddy Program, we assess his or her needs and the requests of the family. Our goal and mission is to help each of our youth participants thrive and fulfill his or her potential. While some youth require the guidance and extra support of a Big Buddy to succeed, others are well-suited for our Experiential Programs and/or our additional services.