Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Every month, Aspen Public Radio picks a non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley that is focused on service and improving the community for all. Each week, you'll hear a different aspect of our Non-Profit in the Spotlight as they explain their mission, challenges, and successes.

Buddy Program Executive Director, David Houggy, talks about the organization and his vision for the future. The Buddy Program has been expanding its services in Carbondale, and are anticipating more growth in the coming years. 

Buddy Program Board Member and former Big Buddy, Peter Waanders, is joined by his little buddy of 10 years, Egbert Ospina. Waanders and Ospina met almost 14 years ago when Ospina was in 3rd grade. Now studying at American University and set to graduate in spring 2016, Ospina credits Waanders with his success and confidence. The two say their involvement as buddies with the Buddy Program's Community Mentoring Program not only changed their daily lives, but gave them a lifelong friendship.

Lindsay Lofaro is the Assistant Director of the Buddy Program. She discusses the organization's various mentoring programs, including the popular Community Mentoring Program, where adults are paired with little buddies, and the newest program, LEAD, or Leadership through Exploration, Action, and Discovery. 

Sole Lowe is the Buddy Program's Community Program Director and is based out of the Third Street Center offices in Carbondale. She joined the Buddy Program team in 2002 and shares the history and evolution of the mentoring non-profit over the years. 

More information about the Buddy Program and how you can get involved at www.BuddyProgram.org

Sallie Bernard is the Founder and Board President of Ascendigo, and says that the need for providing services to individuals and their families  on the autism spectrum is growing. Bernard is joined by Ascendigo's Executive Director, Hugh Zuker, and Ascendigo's Adult Program Manager, Carly Knauf. 

Learn more about Ascendigo and their programs in the Roaring Fork Valley at www.Ascendigo.org

 Ascendigo Executive Director, Hugh Zuker, discusses the organization's programs and the importance of the organization's work in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Ascendigo is best known for its summer camp.  Through individualized instruction, participants do a host of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, water skiing, and rock climbing. Ascendigo also offers an adult enrichment program and a winter sports program.

Every summer since 2004, Ascendigo has brought children with autism to the Roaring Fork Valley to participate in an overnight sports camp. 

Ascendigo has been operating out of the Roaring Fork Valley since 2004. Founded by Sallie Bernard, who now serves as the Board President, the autism services organization has grown from a summer sports camp to a nationally known group that offers a range of outdoor sports programs. 

Bernard is joined by Ascendigo's Clinical Coordinator, Sami Henry, M. Ed., BCBA, to discuss the organization's history and programs.  

Angie Callen, executive director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts, discusses the art center's recent success and her vision for the future. 

Learn more about the Red Brick Center for the Arts at www.AspenArt.org

Lorraine Davis is a resident artist and teacher at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. She's been involved for almost four years, and shares her excitement for the art center's recent evolution. Davis is joined by painter Sue Tatem, who has been taking art classes at the Red Brick for almost two decades.

The Red Brick Center for the Arts offers Life Drawing, Still Life Painting, and Masterpiece Mine classes every week. Find class listings and events at the Red Brick Center for the Arts at www.AspenArt.org.   

Angie Callen is the Executive Director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts. She discusses the Valley Art Auction, taking place at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen on Tuesday, January 19th from 4 to 7 pm. The auction will feature local art at all prices points, and food and entertainment will be provided. 

Go to www.AspenArt.org to learn more about the Red Brick Center for the Arts and the Valley Art Auction. 

The Red Brick Center for the Arts is home to nine non-profit organizations (including Aspen Public Radio), fine art and rehearsal studios, public conferences spaces, resident artist studios, and a gallery space. Board Member Emeritus, Bob Camp, explains the history of the organization and how it came to acquire the Red Brick building, which was previously occupied by the Aspen School District. 

To learn more about the history of the Red Brick Center for the Arts and their programs, visit www.AspenArt.org

"With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism" - Malala Yousafzai

Executive Director Jodi Fischer and Board Co-Chair Chelsea Dillon discuss the future of the Marshall Direct Fund and their long-term goals. 

Learn more about the Marshall Direct Fund and how you can get involved at www.MarshallDirectFund.org

Kristen Zodrow, a 6th grade science teacher at Aspen Middle School, discusses the Global Kid Connect Program and the impacts the program has had on her students. Global Kid Connect is a modern day pen pal program between Elementary and Middle School students in the Roaring Fork Valley and students in Pakistan. 

Nine schools in the Roaring Fork Valley, and over 300 students and teachers, have participated in the Global Kids Connect program, which is run through the Marshall Direct Fund. Jodi Fischer, executive director of the Marshall Direct Fund, also contributes. 

Jodi Fischer, the U.S. Team Executive Director of the Marshall Direct Fund, and Chelsea Dillon, Board Co-Chair, discuss the programs and projects the Marshall Direct Fund run in the U.S. and Pakistan. The organization has three major programs and areas of focus: primary education, economic empowerment and vocational training for women, and a pen pal program between students in the U.S. and Pakistan. 

Visit www.MarshallDirectFund.org to learn more about the organization and their educational programs in Pakistan and the U.S. 

The Marshall Direct Fund takes its name from the Marshall Plan, which was created in 1948, after World War II, in an effort to strengthen war-weary countries by aiding in their recovery.

Silbi Stainton, the founder of the Marshall Direct Fund, discusses the organization's history, her personal interest in counter-terrorism and international studies, and the importance of education. The Marshall Direct Fund invests in education and women's economic empowerment in Pakistan in an effort to build a more peaceful world. 

The Wyly Community Art Center is going through some big changes.

Genna Moe is the Executive Director of the Wyly and just a few months into the job, she's excited to announce new programs, projects, and goals for the Basalt-based art center, including a name change.

With the support of the Wyly family, the Wyly Community Art Center will re-brand as The Art Base - alluding to its role as a base of operations for emerging artists in the Roaring Fork Valley. And, the main exhibitions space will be named the Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base. 

Jocelyn Murray has been working in the arts for years - she's the Exhibitions Manager at the Wyly Community Art Center and is an abstract painter. She says the Wyly offers something unique for artists throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Murray discusses exhibitions, working with artists, and the Wyly's two gallery spaces: the main Wyly Gallery and the Wyly Annex, a temporary gallery space in downtown Basalt. 

Currently, the Wyly Gallery is showing The Wyly Open, and the Wyly Annex is showing Works by Tony Prikryl​. Both shows are up until November 21st. 

Holly Gressett, the Associate Director and Programs Director at the Wyly Community Art Center, is a big advocate for art and encourages everyone to try a workshop at the Basalt-based arts center. Gressett discusses the adult, children's, and partner programs the Wyly offers. 

Learn more about workshops, classes, and programs at www.WylyArts.org

Deb Jones is the founder and former Director of the Wyly Community Art Center. Today, is she a full-time working artist, but reflects on the beginning of the Wyly and its evolution over the years.

Learn more about the Wyly Community Art Center and their programs at www.WylyArts.org.   

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