The mission of the Buddy Program is to strengthen our community by guiding and inspiring youth through mentoring. For more than 40 years, the Buddy Program has been pairing qualified mentors with young people referred to the program. The roots of the Buddy Program come from a local mental health counseling director who recognized that many of his young clients could benefit from an extra caring person in their lives. In response to increased demand for services, the Buddy Program extended one-on-one mentoring through El Jebel in 1994 and through Carbondale in 2010. Over the years, additional benefits for participating youth have been implemented. Examples include therapeutic counseling and scholarships for extra-curricular activities and continuing education. The Buddy Program added Experiential Group Mentoring programs in 2010 and Lemonade Day in 2012, from Aspen through Glenwood Springs.
Our Big Buddies are the heroes of our programs. Being a mentor is a fulfilling way to give back to the community, and it's a lot of fun. The relationships formed between our Big and Little Buddies are what make our programs so special. We match Big and Little Buddies according to their interests and geographic location. Little Buddies are local youth ages 6 to 18 who are referred by teachers, counselors, parents or themselves and are in need of companionship, guidance and encouragement. Big Buddies are responsible, caring individuals who volunteer initially for one year with options to continue throughout the years. Contact Laura at 970-920-2130 to become a Big Buddy today!