Although ski season is winding down in the upper valley,
our school partners are winding up for the end of another successful school year. That means graduation looms for many of our students, including four very successful young men from Roaring Fork High School who have participated in the Buddy Program!
We are so proud to announce that four of our high school Big Buddies from Roaring Fork High School are recipients of the prestigious Daniels and Boettcher Scholarships (see below). Lorenzo A., Enrique G. and Fabian R., are winners of the Daniels Program Scholarship- full ride scholarships to any accredited college or university in the United States. They are all Big Buddies in our Peer-to-Peer Program since 2014; volunteering weekly at Crystal River Elementary School to spend time and mentor their Little Buddies. Additionally, Lorenzo was enrolled in our Karen and Nathan Sandler LEAD Outdoor Leadership Class at Roaring Fork High School during the 2015-2016 school year. Nick P., winner of the Boettcher Scholarship- full ride scholarship to any Colorado accredited institution- has been mentoring at Crystal River Elementary since 2015. We are so proud of these young men and know that their involvement in the Buddy Program has been a critical part of their high school experience. No doubt, the spirit of volunteerism will play a large role in their next journeys.
Without question, the Buddy Program would not exist without our amazing volunteers! While the adult Big Buddies with whom we work are critical to changing the lives of the young people they mentor, the Buddy Program has the amazing opportunity to shape our high school students through volunteering in the Peer-to-Peer Program. Additionally, an important part of our Outdoor Leadership curriculum focuses on service learning where the students in the class choose a volunteer project to carry out over 4-6 weeks of the school year. Finally, in April we also celebrate our "Love Your Community" Day with our Community Big and Little Buddies, partnering with the Roaring Fork Conservancy and encouraging our Little Buddies to give back to their community through volunteering at the annual Fryingpan Clean Up. Many of our staff volunteer through the Buddy Program and other initiatives- check out our team bios here
With gratitude for all you do for the Buddy Program,
Lindsay H. Lofaro
MENTEE WAIT LIST
Name: Evan W. Age: 10 Lives in: Aspen
Evan is a 10 year old, 4th grade student at Aspen Elementary School who is waiting for the right Big Buddy. Evan is friendly, extroverted, active, theatrical, and very funny. Evan has 11 year old twin sisters, a close family, and lots of friends, but he would love a mentor that he can play sports with including soccer, lacrosse, football, basketball, tennis, golf, hiking, bowling, and skiing. When he's keeping you busy with all those activities or making you laugh with his sense of humor and acting skills, Evan enjoys going to plays, listening to and playing music, movies, and watching science fiction shows such as Dr. Who.
We'd love to find Evan a Mentor in time for the summer. Contact Laura Seay for more information on becoming a Big Buddy! [email protected]
Happy 75th Birthday to one of our star Big Buddies, Arlene Nelson! Arlene and Jakaline have been paired for almost a year and they spend most Sundays together. Arlene comes up with great activities for them to do together: snowshoeing up Hunter Creek, exploring Independence pass during winter, hiking at Maroon Bells where Arlene is a forest service ambassador, gardening, and cooking dinner together. Arlene certainly sets the bar high for a mentor of any age!
Our Case Management team was BUSY this month! We are thrilled to introduce 8 news Pairs!
From clockwise left: Bartlett & Valeria H., Ben Sachdeva & Sky S., Coulter Burch & Devis M., Parker Lemire & Jimmy M., Trish Shepard and Janette K., Dean Kinkel & Ubaldo B., Landen Saks & Morgan M., and Jennifer Catto & Aniya J.
COMMUNITY PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
19 Buddy Pairs attended Movie Night this month! Many saw the new Beauty & the Beast and we'd say the Big Buddies were every bit as excited as the Little Buddies were to see it!
LEAD (Leadership through Exploration, Action and Discovery)
Roaring Fork High School LEAD students kicked off hut trip season with a 3-night stay at McNamara Hut!
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Thank you to the following organizations for their support this month:
Susan Bernard & Arlette G.
Dyle Hoskin & Obed G.
Jon Hoistad & Salvador L.P. (Pictured)