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AFTER SCHOOL BUDDIES

We aim to provide leadership development opportunities for young adults and teens by preparing 4th-8th grade girls for the social and academic challenges they will face; in other words – ASB programs develop mentors to prepare young girls to be able to “survive & thrive” the tumultuous years of adolescence.

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After School Buddies of Bend, Oregon is a program committed to changing the lives of our community’s young women for the better. Girls in ASB, ranging from grades 4-8, have been classified as at-risk for a wide variety of reasons. But - the bottom line is that they could all use a little more love, self-confidence and empowerment in their lives - and that is what we seek to provide! Through ASB’s weekly after school programs, serving five different local Bend schools, as well as our annual summer camp, we encourage our girls to ‘survive & thrive!” Through careful planning of activities, crafts, and virtue-based lessons, we seek to instill our girls with self-esteem and love - both for themselves and others - that they can carry with them long after their time with us is up. And while young girls are our focus, we also serve girls and women of all ages in our community. Through the design of tiered mentorship, we have helped thousands of aspiring young women to realize education-oriented careers, providing them with invaluable experience they can then go on to share with the world.

 

At ASB, we believe that resounding change starts small, with the relationships that we nurture and the support that we give to young girls who have a real need for it. Currently, our next big dream is to build a permanent outdoor shelter/pavilion onsite where we have held 11 annual summer camps. Camp is free to all who wish to attend, and is accomplished by the sheer dedication of our teen, college, and adult volunteers. However in years past, unpredictable weather has disrupted the hard-earned flow of camp activities. This shelter/pavilion would ensure that all the time and effort that goes into planning such an event might go on unhindered for many more years to come.

 

As you might imagine, ASB’s fundraising efforts never cease. Over the years our organization has continued to grow and money is always needed to provide supplies for games and crafts, for food that we serve, for continued outreach, and much, much more. Your donation, no matter how small, will help foster love for the lives that we touch. ASB has been able to do this all these years thanks to the help of our supporters.  Please consider joining the caring people and partner with us by making a generous donation.