Yavneh students are given a unique opportunity that lays the foundation for meaningful, cross-grade-level friendships: the Buddy Program. Each year, students from higher grades are paired with those from lower grades. This experience fosters authentic connections that build confidence, self-esteem, and empathy while providing eagerly anticipated leadership opportunities to children entering the upper Elementary and Middle School grades.
What Are Yavneh Students Saying About the Buddy Program?
My big buddy is nice to me and makes me feel special during the day.
My big buddy is always smiling and he never misses a chance to make me laugh.
-Elis, 3rd grade
I love having a big buddy because even though they are bigger than you, they are always there to help you and make things fun.
-Naomi, 3rd grade
I teach my little buddy that they should respect everyone around them. Being a big buddy for the first time has taught me how to care for someone. I love making my little buddy feel welcomed and happy at school.
–Millie, 4th grade
In any grade-divided school, it is difficult for different grades to connect with each other. Having big/little buddies in different grades means you get a chance to really get to know someone else.
–Ilana, 5th grade
The Buddy Program is a central part of building community at Yavneh. You always have this person you can go to no matter what. Being a big buddy, I learned to be even more kind and more patient.
–Ethan, 7th grade
It was definitely challenging to go from being a little buddy to having a little buddy. The realization that you now need to be there for someone else. Now being in middle school, I look forward to seeing my buddy. I am forming another relationship that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
–Ella, 6th grade
Now that I’m a big buddy, I get to teach by little buddy new things, have new experiences, and make new memories.
–Judah, 6th grade
Having a little buddy has made me a better leader, friend, and student.
–Bren, 8th grade