Bright Future hosts its second annual Buddy Mentors Program celebration on Thursday, June 29 at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. The party is open to the public as a recruitment event to garner both senior and junior buddies for the program. It’s a chance for the community to hear more about this critical and rewarding program in a fun, casual, no-pressure environment.
Local rock group Renegade Sons returns to entertain the crowd, and the event includes a cash bar, light appetizers and free craft beer from Vail Brewing Company and Crazy Mountain Brewing Company. Attendees will have a chance to mingle with Buddy Mentors staff and current program participants. New this year is the recognition of three community supporters. Yvonne Jacobs, Bright Future board member and senior buddy since 2011, is our Exemplary Senior Buddy. Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate is Outstanding Corporate Supporter. Cheryl Jensen is Friend of the Buddy Mentors Program for her continued support and organization of our annual Buddy Mentors holiday party.
The event hopes to present an opportunity for community members to make a difference the life of a local child who is in need of a positive role model. Eagle County’s Buddy Mentor Program is based on the national Big Brothers Big Sisters model of mentorship. The program inspires and fosters youth through consistent and trusting relationships with caring adult volunteers.
“Last year’s recruitment event netted over two dozen potential senior buddy mentors,” said Buddy Mentors Program Manager Janet Casson. “We’ve matched many new buddy pairs in the past year, but there is still a need for volunteers for the program.”
Junior buddies are referred to the program through counselors, schools, teachers, or anyone who thinks the buddy will benefit from a little extra attention and guidance. Junior buddy candidates often come from homes where a single parent is trying to care for many children while working multiple jobs.
“Senior buddies offer encouragement and guidance to their junior buddies, and they also help these children find time to just be a kid,” added Casson.