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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!

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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! 

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Gratitude & Blessings for St. Patrick’s Day

March 28, 2016

All 3 ASB programs made special St. Patrick’s Day cards and treats for members or former members of our military branches.  We focused on the importance of experiencing and expressing gratitude for those who have served our country in various ways.  From special cards to making energy balls for local Veterans, the girls of ASB were indeed a blessing to many this winter!IMG_4788IMG_4792

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Celebrate the end of Winter with Papa Murphy’s Pizzas!

March 28, 2016

Winter for the THRIVE! middle school group wrapped up with a super fun celebration of team competitions including making our own pizzas. Papa Murphy’s provided each of the girls with individual mini pizzas and all of the fixings.  They were marvelous! We thank the owners of the Bend Papa Murphy’s for their generosity in providing the best snack in the world!

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Thank You Home Depot!

March 4, 2016

THRIVE! girls found new ways to express their feelings using their new chalk boards (kits provided by Home Depot).  Some girls experienced their first opportunity to build with a hammer and nails.  From chalk board kits, to hammers, paints and even an experienced “builder” (Thank You – Big Buddy Brettney!) the middle school girls of THRIVE! had an awesome day learning to overcome obstacles – including construction challenges!


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New Year’s Lessons – Believe, Think, Do!

January 10, 2016

Most everyone contemplates their new year’s resolutions this time of year. Buddies are dreaming bigger than just short term goals. January lessons at all three ASB programs are encouraging Buddies to define their dreams… big dreams…believing that we can each take steps to make dreams and goals happen.  Girls have been asked to identify at least one thing that they want to see happen in their future and then define the steps to accomplish that dream using SMART goal techniques. Watch out world.. here come some amazing young women who are going to change life for the better!

If you want to make a difference in the lives of young women right here in Bend – join us and become a Buddy mentor. Contact Char at to learn how!


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Free to Be Me!

November 13, 2015

November 13 and we are off and running with all three 2015/16 ASB programs! Our new “Free to Be Me” theme is already super fun to “unpack” as the girls understand more about how special and unique they each are!  Don’t you love these young women and how they are making the world a better place? (see below)

Applications are still being accepted for both high school  2015_16 Teen Mentor Application and college aged mentors as well as adult volunteers ( 2015_16 Adult Volunteer Application).  Note – female high school and college aged students may be able to earn academic credit for their service!

2015/16 programs are held on Mondays at Buckingham Elementary School on the east side of Bend at on Tuesdays at Elk Meadow Elementary School and on Wednesdays – (early release) for Middle School at the Christian Life Center east Bend.

Parents of interested Little Buddies (grades 4-8) should contact Char Schulz at or call 541-390-3046 to enroll.  All programs are slated to begin early November.  Enrollment is first come – first served and participation is free for all female students.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of Bend’s most effective and enjoyable mentoring group for young women and girls. Download the appropriate application (links listed above in blue) and contact Char at ASAP.

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Inspire is to Be Inspired

May 17, 2015

Inspire is to be inspired
.. that was the message shared by Elk Meadow’s Big Buddy Breanne as she inspired the Little Buddies to express gratitude to one who inspired them.  From moms, to dads, to teachers, friends and family members – Buddies identified and shared about a key person who helped to shape their lives.