Post Independent | Your Letters, Jan. 28, 2023

Collaborating for Buddies


Happy 2023! We are so excited to an­nounce the expansion of programming for the Buddy Program, a youth mentoring or­ganization, to Glenwood Springs this year!

As many of you know, YouthZone has been serving the community since 1976. For many years a part of that programming was the PALS Program, a mentoring pro­gram for youth. YouthZone discontinued the PALS program in 2016 and continues to this day to maintain focus on inter­vention services for at-risk youth who are either involved or at risk of involvement in the justice, system.

The Buddy Program and Youth Zone have always worked collaboratively to ensure seamless prevention and intervention ser­vices for youth in our communities. As they celebrate their 50th Anniversary of serving youth, it is an opportune time for the Bud­dy Program to expand their preventative, mentoring programs to youth and families in Glenwood Springs. We are working to recruit Big Buddies now so that we can start matching youth in late summer!

As we continue to work together to ensure all youth throughout the Roaring Fork Valley are supported, we invite you to be a part of our work! For more informa­tion on volunteering for or donating to the Buddy Program please call 970-920-2130 or visit For more information On volunteering and donating to YoutbZone, please call 970-945-9300 or visit

Yours in service to youth and families,

Jami Hayes
Executive Director, Youth Zone

Lindsay Lofaroe
Executive Director, Buddy Program