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Become a Buddy

Dear Editor:

January is National Mentoring Month and the Buddy Program is looking for people to mentor the youth of the Roaring Fork Valley. There is a great need for showing our youth that people do care and will listen to what they have to say.

I have been a Big Buddy since July 2006 and it has been a joy to hang with my young friend Jack. We have done a variety of things together from paint ball, skiing at Buttermilk, cross-country skiing at Ashcroft to Banjo Magic at the Wheeler Opera House.

We have even played in the garden digging up vegetables. One of our first adventures together was at the Snowmass Club where we went swimming and had burgers and fries. Jack looked at his fries and pulled out a french fry that was about 10 inches long. We both said, “Wow.” Jack decided to save it and take it home with him! We both still smile when remembering that moment and that’s what makes the Buddy Program special: the moments that we have shared together.

The main thing is about doing stuff together and having fun. It still makes us smile and laugh when we talk about that moment and other stuff we have done together.

I believe the program does as much good for me as it does for Jack. Sometimes it’s a challenge to find something interesting to do that we both will like, but being together is the important thing: to just hang out with and be friends. I’m someone he can talk to, laugh with, and learn from.

Mentoring our youth can provide positive influences in a young person’s life and can help them make good decisions about life. So this is a call out to others who can help by becoming a Big Buddy to a child on the wait list.

So what are you waiting for? Give them a call at (970) 920-2130 or come to a Buddy Program informational meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the new Basalt Library or from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Boogie’s Diner (light appetizers and breakfast provided!)

Become a Big Buddy and inspire, empower, mentor.

Michael Wells

Aspen


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