Donations, THRIVE!

Make a Difference on Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2017

Your contributions on Giving Tuesday or at any time throughout the year provide program supplies to help these beautiful young girls become stronger, more confident teens. Help them survive and continue to thrive by supporting After School Buddies with your end of year donations! Choose Get Involved Donate Now from the menu above to make a contribution. YOU can become the wind beneath our wings! Thank you!!!

Fun, High School Club, Opportunities

New! After School Buddies High School Clubs Launch This Week!

September 30, 2017

Hey High School ladies attending either Summit or MVHS high schools. Be among the first to join the new on-campus clubs for ASB at your school.

  • Connect with other teen women who want to make positive change in the lives of 4th/5th grade girls

  • Get to know girls at your own school who share similar interests as you

  • Learn to lead while helping each other step up and step out to help younger girls

  • Have fun while planning fun after school activities for your “adopted” school.

Don’t have time to serve with ASB after school?  You can still participate in the lunchtime clubs! Come and find out more!

Mondays Summit High – Room A 103  Club ASB SUMMIT 2017 18

TuesdaysMVHS – Room D8 Club ASB MVHS 2017_18


Memories of 2017 Fabulous Fiesta Camp

September 11, 2017

August 7-11 found the Hamby Road  ASB camp filled with delightful young “ninas” and their wonderful mentors.  This year more than 85 people were involved in making the summer camp experience another one to remember.   Leadership teams chose 4 Mexican cities from 4 different regions to celebrate – Loreto, Oaxaca, Isla Mujeres and Chihuahua. The overarching theme for the camp was “Celebrating Change” – recognizing that all campers were about to experience some kind of change in the coming year.. from changes in schools, classrooms, teachers to changes in family structure, health, finances, friends, homes and more.

The Loreto group kicked off the week celebrating changes and growth in friendship by focusing on the thought from Ecclesiastes “For everything there is a season.”  The entire camp loved their rendition of “Let’s Make a Deal” called “Let’s Make a Friend” during the lesson “Discovery Time” and later enjoyed the annual tradition of personalizing their camp t-shirts. 

Tuesday’s events were led by the Oaxaca team. Dawning their red attire, the led the day focused on respect by contemplating the quote from Maya Angelou “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.”  (After September’s earthquake off of the coast of Mexico – I hope that this is true for the victims of this tragedy.)Wednesday’s group leaders were from Ilsa Mujeres – near Cancun.  This group, adorned by the bluecolor of the azure seas, celebrated change by adopting a positive attitude.  Their quote for the day was by Haruki Murakami – “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” 

Thursday was brought to us by the team from Chihuahua. The darling team of “sunny senioritas” shared two themes with us related to dealing with/celebrating change:  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6  and “Hospitality is not about inviting people into your perfect home, it’s all about inviting them into your imperfect heart.”  Edie Wadsworth 


The music was inspiring and fun (especially thanks to JoAnna) and we even learned a couple of Spanish songs too!

The food was amazing thanks to our terrific food team.  We are so grateful to the local stores who donated an assortment of goodies for us: Market of Choice, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Cash ‘N Carry, Abertsons, Safeway, Tortillaria Reyes. Muchas gracias to all of you!!!


Camp, Fun, Staff, Uncategorized

Fabulous Fiesta Camp is Almost Here

August 2, 2017

In less than 5 days more than 75 participants and volunteers will gather for ASB’s 12th annual camp. Fabulous Fiesta is the 2017 theme with each of the four Mexican “City groups” preparing to “celebrate change”. From games to an amazing array of Mexican food, to songs and Zumba to crafts and more – it is sure to be another camp to remember.  Camp Little Buddies should plan to arrive at 12:00 noon on Monday Aug 7th. Preregistration is required. Questions? Text or call Char at 541 390-3046 for more information!


Fun, Program Lessons, THRIVE!

Food, Glorious Food!

March 6, 2017

What middle schooler doesn’t love to create amazing artwork with food? Our own “Chef Suzanne” (culinary author Suzanne Landry) motivated the girls at Thrive! to eat from all of the colors of the rainbow.

Look at these beautiful faces showing off their colorful and nutritious platter of fruits and veggies!

Program Lessons

Winter STEM Activities for ASB Groups

March 6, 2017

It seemed like we would never get off and running this year but yes – all ASB groups are going strong now that most of the snow has melted.  The girls have had such a great time exploring positive self-esteem activities including a fun engineering lesson from  Researching, designing and building a simple robotic arm with basic kitchen items was a lot more fun than they thought! 


Snow Still Causing Trouble in Bend – Jan 18 Thrive! Middle School program cancelled AGAIN!

January 10, 2017

As luck would have it – the excess snowfall in early 2017 has made our roads quite challenging to navigate and the roofs of some schools at risk of collapsing.  Due to the continued school closure of Realms and Pilot Butte Middle School this week – the ASB Thrive! Middle School program is cancelled on Wed Jan 18th. These two middle schools that have girls attending the program are still closed and the other schools have a  longer day this Wed.  HOPEFULLY we will see girls enrolled in ALL PROGRAMS next week with the exception of Buckingham Buddies. That program is now scheduled to start on Monday January 30.

At this time we are planning to meet at JUNIPER School this Thurs Jan 19th as normally scheduled.  Girls attending  the ELK MEADOW program on Tuesdays should plan to attend next Tue Jan 24th.

If you have questions – please text or call Char at 541 390-3046. Hope to see you next week!