Feel like changing the world? I sure do, but I have a job and other responsibilities, and I don’t have a lot of free time. I do however, like to have fun. So, my little way of changing the world is happening right here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Four years ago, I applied to be a Big Buddy. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to make a real difference. I was matched with a 4th grade girl in Basalt and we spent the next few weeks getting to know each other. We played board games, I taught her how to shuffle cards and we laughed a lot. Now she’s in 8th grade and we are still laughing together. I had no idea how she would change me. I’m more open to new activities and ideas, and I’m connected to her life in a way I’d never imagined.
The Buddy Program needs more local folk to step up and become a mentor. You don’t need any special skills; I certainly don’t have any. I’m supported by a case manager from the Buddy Program who checks in with me frequently and there are monthly activities for my Little Buddy and me to enjoy together.
To learn about how you can become a mentor, join us on Jan. 16 for craft cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dialogue with other mentors and Buddy Program staff at the Marble Bar in Aspen. To one person you may be the world.

Laura Seay