I am writing in support of the Buddy Program in hope that people will realize the value of mentoring. For over five years, I have participated in the School-based mentoring program where adult volunteers from the community mentor students in the school setting during the school day, for one hour a week, throughout the academic year. I got involved because I wanted to be a consistent positive influence in the life of a young person.
Over the past five years, I have experienced firsthand the positive impacts I have had on the life of my “little buddy.” We play games, I help him with his homework and reading but mostly, I am someone for him to talk to; I set an example to follow and provide guidance. As a result, I have watched him grow into a wonderful young person.
Mentoring has significant effects on the likelihood that a younger person will avoid negative behaviors and participate successfully in school and community life. I encourage anyone looking to make a difference in the life of a child to volunteer with the Buddy Program. Learn about yourself, learn about someone else, become a better friend, parent and person. Mentoring is a powerful way for young people to develop competence and character and plays an important role in a child’s life. There is no greater gift than the gift of time. Call the Buddy Program at 970 920-2130 or visit them at buddyprogram.org to discover more about volunteering.