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The Buddy way

Dear Editor:

Please help bring attention to National Mentoring Month by supporting the Buddy Program’s recruitment efforts and thanking someone you know for mentoring a child. It is imperative that those already involved in this wonderful, communitywide program get the word out that more than 40 children in this valley are waiting patiently for their own Big Buddy.

The Buddy Program already serves more than 320 youth in the Roaring Fork Valley annually. These kids are likely feeling the stressful effects of being in families that are hardest hit by the present economy. Those who support mentoring programs with their time or money understand how critical it is that kids have positive influences in their lives outside of the family. A Big Buddy provides that unique one-on-one relationship with a child that is indispensable to his or her development and self-worth.

For those already a part of this effort, please share your experiences with others to let them know what a difference you think it makes. Statistics prove that kids in mentoring programs are more likely to attend school and get better grades. They have a more positive image of themselves and their future. And, of course, they are likely to continue the trend of mentoring someone themselves. Isn’t this what we need most?

Be a role model. Pass the word on. If everyone makes one call, e-mail, or text to someone specific they feel could fill this gap, we could resolve the mentor shortage quickly.

Attend the upcoming event from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Boogie’s Diner for light breakfast and for more information about how to become a Big Buddy.

Chad Yates

Buddy Program board member, Basalt


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