Buddy Program

Buddy Program

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Youth volunteer opportunities around Milwaukee

A service learning program for youth ages 11 to 15

The Buddy Program is an educational mentoring project aimed at strengthening intergenerational relations and increasing respect for diversity. Run in collaboration with the Milwaukee County Department on Aging and local schools, the program connects youth with older adults and people with disabilities in Milwaukee area senior centers. The youth are involved in activities designed to reinforce compassion and create a caring, peaceful community.

Buddy Program Summer Session: Monday, July 8 – Thursday, August 15.

Buddy Program Award Ceremony

The Buddy Program helps young participants:

  • Practice skills needed to secure and maintain a job
  • Enhance self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment
  • Learn to budget money
  • Build decision-making skills
  • Develop social skills
  • Learn how to make a difference in the life of another person
  • Provide service to the underserved in the community
  • Break down generational barriers through mutual respect and understanding

Support from generous people, like you, creates this joyful intergenerational community.

Buddy Program activities:

  • Assisting with lunch and snack time
  • Reading stories/newspaper
  • Playing games/creating art projects
  • Sharing life stories and experiences
  • Participating in spiritual formation

Program Contact:

(414) 977-5075
Buddy Program Coordinator

Program Enrollment

Download and complete our application.

Thanks to the Buddy Program, my children have developed a good work ethic, strong job skills and experience in team building and problem solving which I’m certain will stick with them into adulthood. Above all, it has grounded them in the importance of volunteering and giving back to their community. After all, it takes a village!”

~ Rochelle Gage, mom of Buddy Program participants