Bulldog Buddies

  • "People who grew up in difficult circumstances and yet are successful have one thing in common; at a critical juncture in their adolescence, they had a positive relationship with a caring adult."
    Bill Clinton, President of the United States 
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    The Bulldog Buddy and Mentor Programs
    Bulldog Buddies (K-6th) or Mentors (7th-12th) are caring community members who volunteer to visit with a student who is at-risk. Pairs visit at least twice a month during either breakfast, lunch, or in the afternoons for High School Students. Community volunteers talk with their student and may help with things like setting goals. While some of our Buddies choose to have a math problem, spelling word, or other simple learning tool ready for their visits, being a Buddy or Mentor requires no advanced planning. Once you and your student are comfortable with each other, the conversation will naturally flow.
    One of the most commonly asked questions is can 20 minutes really make a difference? Studies have shown that students who have mentors are more likely to graduate high school and pursue higher education. They are also less likely to skip school, try illegal drugs and engage in other risky behavior.
    Students are not the only ones who benefit from the mentor/student relationship. Volunteers who mentor report they are happier and more in touch with the concerns facing our students. Becoming a Buddy/Mentor is a great way to share your knowledge.
    If you have questions about the program you can email brightfutures@cjr1.org or call 417-649-7026 ext 2234.  If you would like to sign up, you can fill out the Application and Authorization for Background Check forms below and we will get in touch with you.