The Buddy Program

A Peer Mentoring Program
For Youth with Tourette Syndrome

Mission

The mission of the Buddy Program is to provide support, mentoring, companionship, and one-to-one friendship to young kids with Tourette Syndrome.  The "Young Buddies" (youths) are paired with "Big Buddies", who are pre-teens and teens with TS, who can serve as role models to younger children and empower them to imagine a positive future for themselves.  Big Buddies will also be involved in running youth activities and voluteering at events.  Buddy group activities and events will be offered, which will also reinforce that your children are part of a Buddy Community, in addtion to being in 1:1 pairings.

Big Buddies will commit to meeting with their Young Buddy at least once a month over the course of a year.  Serving in the role of a Big Buddy provides pre-teens and teens the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and share their self-advocacy skills in preparation for becoming a Youth Ambassador.  If your school requires community service, participation in the Buddy Program may qualify.

Becoming part of the Buddy Community will give your child a feeling of empowerment and connection to a community that is built on understanding and compassion for differences.

Matching Buddies

Young Buddies (Ages 5-11) and Big Buddies (Ages 12-18) will be matched based on interests, gender, geographic location and other stated preferences.  Contact information will be given to the parent of the Young Buddy, who will then schedule the meetings, which must be supervised by the parent of the Young Buddy.

Big Buddy Training

It is the responisibility of the parent of the Young Buddy to train the Big Buddy to work specficially with that child, and to supervise to make it an enjoyable and successful experience for both children.  The Big Buddy will sign a form indicating they understand the requirements, responsibilities, and time commitment of the program.

For more information about The Buddy Program, contact info@tsa-nyhv.org.

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