The Online Buddy Program is an online mentorship platform building meaningful relationships between older and younger students.
Tell us about your idea
This project is an idea developed by five undergraduates at Colgate University, in response to the COVID-19 online education era. The program proposes to establish a supportive and safe virtual environment for student mentor pairs ("buddies") to connect, bond, and grow kinder together during a time that may be isolating for many children in their homes or elsewhere. You can read about the project here: https://sites.google.com/colgate.edu/buddylearningprogram/home
The proposal and idea are the work of Grace Klein, McKenzie Perkins, Edi Dukesherer, Erin Flannery, and Hunter Dauparas at Colgate University, for their course, Emerging Global Challenges.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
A group of 5 undergraduates at Colgate University were taking a design thinking course focused on accessibility challenges, when they suddenly had to go online with their education. So they pivoted their project to develop an idea to help build meaningful relationships between older and younger students in an age of social distancing. The program does not exist yet, it is an idea.