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Be a Buddy

Dear Editor:

In honor of National Mentoring Month, I’m happy to be able to express my appreciation for the Buddy Program. I was fortunate to have a mentor without whom I would never have ended up in Aspen.

During my first summer in Aspen, I volunteered for the Buddy Program at Boogie’s Bash. I wanted to give back and knew that the Buddy Program was doing great work, but I was not sure that I could fully commit to being a Big Buddy. Two years ago I was approached by David Cook and Jimmy Marcus about joining the Leadership Development Board. I was thrilled and honored to have a chance to learn more about the organization. As I became more involved, I realized that it was the right time for me to really give back by becoming a Buddy!

My Buddy, Ava, and I were paired by a case manager at the Buddy Program last fall. We were instant friends. We play games, make crafts, tell each other about what we’ve been up to, and even decorate cookies and make gingerbread houses. Ava actually said that the gingerbread house activity alone was reason enough to have a Buddy. Our conversations are relaxed and fun, but I know that she benefits from having another adult in her life with whom she can talk, play and place her trust.

The Buddy Program serves hundreds of youth throughout the Valley, but they are always looking for more mentors. I’ve unequivocally recommended this experience to my friends, and I’m happy for a chance to let the community itself know what a wonderful experience this has been.

To learn more about National Mentoring Month or how to become a Big Buddy, please go to

Beth Slater

Leadership Development Board, the Buddy Program

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