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Buddy basics 101

Dear Editor:January is National Mentoring Month. I believe there are two basic and essential principles to being a “Buddy.” First basic, 101, is the fact that it is one-on-one – a one-on-one relationship. Most children have contact with adults, other than parents, in group situations such as a school teacher with a classroom of students, a coach with a team of players, a bus driver with a load of children, a scout leader with a group of campers. Our local Buddy Program, however, provides personal and productive attention to one child by one adult, one at a time. This, in and of itself, makes the Little Buddy special and more directly enhances his or her self-esteem. It sounds simple enough, but it simply doesn’t happen often enough.Second basic, 101, is the fact that it is all about just being a Buddy. The teacher teaches, the coach coaches, the bus driver drives, the scout leader leads and even a parent parents. A Big Buddy, however, just buddies. It is most beneficial for a Little Buddy to know that a Big Buddy just wants to be a friend, a Buddy, nothing more and certainly nothing less.Some potential Big Buddies are often hesitant because they do not know what they are going to do with their Little Buddy each week and will run out of things to do. This, of course, never happens, but the point is not what you do with each other, but who you are to each other. And if you do run out of things to do then you really have become a Buddy.This is what The Buddy Program is all about – “a one-on-one Buddyship.” There is nothing more basic, nothing more essential and nothing more rewarding – for both Buddies. If you would like to learn more about it, please attend the Recruitment Party for The Buddy Program on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 5-7 p.m., at the Hickory House. Hope to see you there!Gregg AndersonFounder and board memberThe Buddy ProgramAspen


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