Hey there Journey Group! This past Saturday was the second Buddy Event at Festival in the Park. At first I was a little skeptical about all of the confusion, the masses of people, and how it might seem overwhelming for Lee. But once we started moving around, I was amazed at Lee’s adaptability to situations […]
Hey Journey Group! Yesterday we had our second buddy event of the season at Festival in the Park. It was so great to see Sean again, and I could tell he was really excited to see us too! We went to the playground, and saw some performances, and even just walking around was fun with […]
Wow, what a wonderful PFO weekend! This week has been big in the PFO world. First of all we had our Festival in the Park Buddy Event and also had our first committee meeting of the 14-15 PFO season. Last Friday all our new PFO products were released. Make sure to go pick up the […]
Hey Journey group! I enjoyed myself so much at the Meet Your Buddy Event. I had the plesure of having the buddy I had last year this year! I was able to I talk to my buddy parnter about her before the event. I filled her in on our buddy’s intrests and personality quirks. It […]
There are not enough words to describe how amazing my time was with my buddy, Weslyn. She’s the most amazing and enthusiastic person I’ve ever met. The dynamic between Weslyn, Maddie, and myself was really something extraordinary. An hour and a half was spent swinging and singing Disney songs to everyone that approached us. It […]
The buddy event was so much fun! I am so, so grateful for my buddy and buddy partner. At the event I realized how much I value this experience. At the event, while Ky and I were playing in the fountains, I felt so excited. I could not contain my excitement for this year! I […]
Hey Journey Group, I hope all is well with everyone. Today we had out 1st annual Meet your Buddy event. Unfortunately my buddy was unable to make it, but I took this chance to meet other people’s buddies. Zac, my buddy partner, and I played in the splash park with the other buddies. It was […]
Today was the first buddy event! I had an awesome time with Shamus and my buddy partner Kate. The event took place at Veteran’s park. When I first showed up I didnt know what to expect and I was extremely nervous. When Shamus arrived he was a little bit shy. But as the day went […]
Yo journey group! Today I got to meet my buddy Sean for the first time! He is a bundle of energy and I was WIPED after our day together. Sean has Angelman’s syndrome and autism. He is non verbal, meaning he relies heavily on body language to communicate. This was great because I was allowed […]
We just had our first buddy event, and it was wonderful! Meg (my buddy partner) and I were extremely excited to meet our buddy, Caitlyn, for the first time. When Caitlyn showed up, I was really worried she wouldn’t like me, but as the day went on, and before I knew it, we were laughing, […]
Today I finally got to meet my sweet buddy Arianna. She was great! She was just so happy and smiley. First Frankie and I introduced our selves, and then we headed straight to the photo booth. After that we got our little snow cone and just chatted. Arianna is a really shy, but sweet girl. […]
Right when I met my buddy, I knew how special our relationship was going to be. My buddy’s name is Andrew and he is in fifth grade at Providence Day School. Andrew has a very calm, open, and welcoming energy that makes you really want to be around him. I found this to be really […]
Hey journey group, today was pretty awesome. We all went to the park to meet our buddy. Unfortunately, something came up with our buddy and they couldn’t make it, but Zarya (my buddy partner) and I met everybody else’s buddy and Played With Others, zing. We played with many other buddies, played in the water, […]
Hello again, Journey Group. Yesterday was our first buddy event. At first, I was a little apprehensive. All of that melted away when I met my buddy, William. He has this balance of having high energy while being easy to be around. First the three of us went to the splash park; it was looking […]
Today I finally got to meet my buddy Lee! Lee is 15 just like me and it’s really cool to interact with him because we’re the same age. We started a pick-up basketball game for maybe like 30 minutes and Lee came up with our team name, Team Chicken Nugget. One of my favorite moments […]
Today was the first buddy event at Veteran’s Park. My buddy partner Lillian and I were so exited to meet our buddy Trenton. Trenton is in 7th grade and has Cerebral Palsy. When he arrived we also realized that he uses a wheelchair. At first I was nervous, but I when up and introduced myself […]
So, I met my buddy today… He was awesome! I was pretty nervous about the whole thing at first, but AJ (my buddy partner) had a really positive energy which led me to be more open. My Buddy’s name is Anthony, he really (like reeeaaaally) loves to hang out with his friends. We spent the […]
We recently had our first buddy event at the park. I was a bit nervous because, even though this is my second year in PFO, I’ve never had a buddy with a disability before. I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily, my buddy partner was amazing and knew so much about my buddy, Ethan. From […]
Today was the Meet Your Buddy event, and it went amazingly. I was really excited to meet Martha, but having never been around children, I was also a bit nervous. However, as soon as Martha arrived, it became a lot more effortless than I had expected. It was fun to be a little kid again […]
Hello once again Journey Group! Today we had our first Buddy Event where we met our buddies for the first time. My buddy’s name is Lexi, she is 16 years old and she loves to play in the splash park. Whatever else we were supposed to be doing today, we always found our way back […]
Meeting my buddy today was wonderful. Although she was the last one to arrive I believe that it was worth it once I met her. Molly is so spunky and full of life and she adores musicals. Her all-time favorite is Oklahoma, or at least that is what I gathered since she would sing a […]
Meet your buddy event: one of the most anticipated/nerve-wracking days of the PFO year. You want the year to go well, for you to connect with your buddy partner, and for all 3 to form a bond. Luckily for me, Frozen seems to be a universal friend-maker. Alex Wrinkle and I met our buddy Amelia, […]
Hey journey group! Today we had our Meet Your Buddy event and it was so much fun! My buddy partner Noor and I were super excited to meet our buddy Roma. When she arrived, we immediately connected over our love for One Direction and other silly facts. Noor, Roma and I fell into a really […]
Hey Journey Group! We just had our first buddy event of the year at Veteran’s park, and it was fantastic! My buddy this year is Brian, who is 10 years old and so sweet. Mya and I were so excited to meet him, and the event couldn’t have gone better. For a while we just […]
This past Sunday I had the privilege of meeting Avery, who is going to be my new best friend this year…and she just happens to be my buddy so that works out perfectly! I am so excited to establish an even more personal and loving relationship than we did on Sunday. We bonded instantly that […]
The buddy event was absolutely incredible! Initially, I was a little nervous because my buddy isn’t completely verbal. We went into the splash grounds and it was super fun. We ran all around and my buddy, Shaquay was laughing so much and it was completely obvious that she was having a good time. We blew […]
Hey Journey Group! Today was the meet your buddy event in Veteran’s Park. Sadly, Mikaya, my buddy, decided not to be a part of the buddy program so me and Lindsay are no longer buddy partners. On the bright side I got a new buddy partner, Sonia, and new buddy, Lexie! Lexie is 16 years […]
Today was our first buddy event! Lucy is my buddy partner and our buddy is Katie. We had so much fun at the park bonding. Katie was really quiet but we could tell what she was feeling from her facial expressions. We had fun playing in the splash park, walking around barefoot and eating snow […]
Hey Journey Group! Sunday August 24th marked our first buddy event of the year. As we were waiting for the buddy families to arrive, the anticipation was growing along with my nerves. Tons of questions went through my mind, although I knew I had nothing to worry about. Anna (my buddy partner) and I then […]
Hey journey group!!! Saturday was our first buddy event and I was so excited to finally meet my buddy!! She was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She was so fun to be around!! She really engaged with Sarah’s and my conversation and wanted to get to know more about it. She […]
So today was our first buddy event and it was amazing. When my buddy Drew was first introduced to us he seemed a little nervous, I could tell because he was staying really close to his parents and giving short answers to the small talk questions we would ask him; but my buddy partner Will […]
Greetings friends! I’ll start this blog off very simply, I have the BEST buddy EVER! I had already met Jonathan before the 1st buddy event and I’m so glad that I did that. My buddy partner and I had already gotten to know him so our time at the park was spent running around, playing […]
Today I finally got to meet my buddy Brian and he was so adorable and sweet. First we sat in the mulch and talked, laughed and took photos. I also found out a lot about Brian like that he likes water, music, and my all-time favorite cuddling. Then we went for a walk around the […]
Today was super exciting because I was able to meet my buddy, Katie! We went to Veterans Park for the Meet Your Buddy event so that we could have some fun in our buddy tripods and get to know one another. My buddy partner, Charity, brought a few gifts for us to give to Katie […]
Before the buddy event I was a little nervous because last year I had not had a buddy partner and my buddy was primarily low energy and easy to work with. This year my buddy partner is Celia. Celia and I have always gotten along great but I wasn’t sure what the buddy event was […]
Today, we had our first buddy event at the park. Me and my buddy partner, Katherine were so excited to meet our buddy, Weslyn and get to know her more. When she arrived she immediately recognized us from the pictures we sent her in the mail and her face lit up as she ran and […]
The amazing thing about growing up is that you kind of forget that you weren’t always grown up (or somewhere on the way). At the meet your buddy event, my buddy partner and I met our buddy for the first time- an awesome and adorable 12 year old girl named Zoe. We ended up going […]
Hi Journey Group! Today was our first buddy event at Veterans Park. Nick and I decided to meet up with Jonathan earlier this week, so when we saw him today we went straight to playing on the playground. Being on the playground brought back memories of me and my family going to Freedom Park when […]
Hi journey! I know I wasn’t looking forward to go back but I couldn’t wait for my last day of summer because that was when I would meet by buddy Sara. Sara is 15 and loves reading, drawing and writing. I’m not such an artist but I couldn’t wait to see what I could absorb […]
Hello, everyone! Last Sunday was meet your buddy event where my buddy partner, Libby and I, met our buddy Yasmin for the first time. She was a little shy at first, so we ate snow cones in the park while we talked about our favorite things to do. We learned we all had a lot […]
Today was the first buddy event, right before school started, a great way to kick of the year! I was informed that my buddy has decided to no longer be a part of the program, and I’ll miss getting to have a connection with her. I had a great impression of her and was so […]
Hi journey group! On Sundays, we finally met our buddies and it was amazing! I was a little nervous at first, but once Tyler and I got to know Trenton, it all disappeared. He is always telling jokes and looking at the bright side. The only difficulty we faced was the wheelchair. Trenton is the […]
Salutations beautiful journey group! I wanted to tell y’all about an exciting experience I recently had in PFO. This past Sunday, Louisa (my buddy partner) and I met our buddy Yasmin!! At first when we talked to her, she was super friendly but a little on the shy side. Our goal for the buddy event […]
Hello journey group!! Today was our very FIRST buddy event!! We got to meet our buddies and genuinely get to know them 🙂 Today I got to meet Miss Mary! She was so sweet and active. Seeing her spirit was so uplifting because she was always smiling and laughing! She sort of reminded me of […]
Today was the first buddy even at Veterans Park. My buddy partner Maddie and I met our buddy Zoe. She is vivacious, funny, and has amazing hair. We had tons of fun playing in the splash park, but Zoe liked swinging the best. Maddie and I sang songs with her as she swung, laughing and […]
Today was the first buddy event of the year! It was the day before school started and I was feeling a little stressed before arriving. My buddy’s name is Zach and he is so fun and energetic! We started playing on the splash park and I forgot all about my stress for the time being. […]
We had our first buddy event on Sunday, and to be honest, I was a bit nervous. When my buddy, Lee, got there, my buddy partner, Virginia, and I ran over to meet him and his family for the first time! We started talking for a while, and then Virginia, Lee, and I split off […]
Today was the first buddy event of the season. I was incredibly excited to meet my buddy, Owen. Owen is 4 years old and has Down syndrome. He is unbelievably adorable and enthusiastic, with so much energy. The moment he arrived at the park, he was already running off to go down the slide or […]
Wassup Journey Group!? I’m hoping everyone had as great of a day as I did. Today was our first buddy event, an unstructured event so each teen and buddy can connect with their new friend. My buddy, Annabelle, is the kindest and coolest kid I know. At the park, it can be mayhem- buddies running […]
Today was the first buddy event. When I got there I was happy to see my PFO family, but a little nervous about meeting my buddy Ethan. When we first met Ethan he was a little nervous about us. He didn’t talk as much but when we got snow cones and started talking about his […]
Well on the day of the buddy event, it was sunny and just started off with a nice vibe. Plus the event was at the park, which made it better because I love the outdoors, and parks. It took a while before my buddy Michael showed up looking excited and ready to go. It surprised […]
We recently had our first buddy event and it was so much more than I expected. We had it at Veterans Park, where there is a water park area. Once my buddy arrived she wasn’t really excited at first but when we took her to the water park she started laughing, smiling, and even talking […]
I can’t believe today was the first buddy event! It felt so far away last weekend! I had a blast today with my buddy Kinzey and my buddy partner Olivia. We did so many awesome things like going into the splash park! We even got snow cones, which was really fun! Kinzey got lemon and […]
If there is a more anticipated day in the PFO year, I’ll be waiting. As always, it was an amazing experience. Even though my buddy couldn’t make it, I had one of my most memorable times in PFO. Anna, my buddy partner, and I teamed up with Caleb and (Another) Anna as well as their […]
Hey, Journey Group! I had SO much fun today with my buddy, Owen! He was so cute and he was really full of energy!! We were the first and one of the last people to leave the Splash Grounds because he enjoyed it so much! My buddy partner, Julia, was an ENORMOUS help to showing […]
Hi Journey Group members! Today I finally got to meet my new buddy for the year! It was so exciting to finally meet Avery and her mom in real life! Meeting them finally made this year feel like it was really getting started, and we had so much fun at the park! Sam and I […]
So Saturday was our first buddy event and it was so much fun! My buddy’s name is Ariana, she’s thirteen and is awesome! I’m always a little nervous before buddy events, because I want things to go well and for us all to have a good time, but the minute I met Ariana I knew […]
Hey Journey Group! We just had our first buddy event of the season, and I am so excited! My buddy Will, and buddy partner Will (there’s two of them!) were amazing and so great to play with. We spent the buddy event at a park, had some snow cones, went in a mini water park […]
The meet your buddy event was today and it was amazing! Meeting my buddy for the first time has never failed to bring a smile to my face and always gives me excitement and joy. My buddy this year is Domonique and he is a ball of energy. Domonique loves to run around and give […]
Hey Journey Group! Yesterday was BUDDY DAY! This year my buddy partner is Amy Grace and what is great is that we connected before we found out we were being paired. Our buddy is a sibling, which means that he is the brother of a child with a disability in our Buddy Program. My buddy’s […]
My first buddy event went really well. Her parents were very attentive and there to answer any questions we had. My buddy partner is EXTREMELY smart, and she impressed us all yesterday. She can tell you the day you were born on just by your birthday and year. I found that really incredible because she […]
Yesterday was amazing! Yesterday I got to meet my buddy Luke! We met up at the park to spend some time with our buddies. Luke doesn’t like crowds so when he got there he was near the fence further away from the group. My buddy partner, Derek, and I went over to Luke and gave […]
So today was our meet your buddy event at Veterans park. I was super excited but also very nervous about meeting my buddy Katie. As I sat with Moriah, my buddy partner, and waited for her to arrive I kept wondering if Katie would like me or not. Once she arrived it was super awesome […]
Last Sunday was the buddy event and I got to meet Annabelle! Since this was my first year participating in the Buddy Program I was little nervous because I didn’t really know what to expect. When I first met Annabelle she seemed to be so excited to be there and meet Josie and I. After […]
Today was our first buddy event! My buddy partner, Anna Keener, and I met our buddy Thomas. I was a little anxious as I had had the same buddy for the past two years and every buddy is different but I was determined to go into this relationship with an open mind. Very quickly, Anna […]
Today was the very first buddy event. I went into the event super tired and not focused. This all changed when my buddy got there. Gracie (my buddy) is so sweet, and always full of ideas for fun things to do! She is only three years younger than me, so I feel like we always […]
Today was the first buddy event of the year. I met my buddy Sophie and she is awesome! Sophie is very active and loves to do many different things. She is non-verbal, which means she cannot speak, so I came in thinking this will be like my buddy last year who was also non-verbal. Amelia […]
Today was the Meet Your Buddy event, the first buddy event of the year. Coming into the event, I was unsure what to expect, but when I met my buddy, Thomas, he immediately warmed up to me and my partner, Caleb. Thomas enjoyed running and playing games like tag, and he had lots of energy […]
The buddy event was a lot of fun! Even though my buddy could not make it, it was still exciting to go around and meet all of the buddies. My favorite part, was when Grace pulled me on to the water park, and got me all wet. I loved it when I found out that […]
Welcome to the Buddy Blog! This is your source for the latest and greatest about our Buddy Program. On August 24th we kicked off our 1415 Buddy Program season with a bang, and a bit of splash too! Teens and buddies met for the first time on a beautiful Sunday at Veteran’s Park. It was […]
Welcome to the 1415 Slam Poetry Committee page! This blog is your go to source for the latest updates on all of the awesome work we’ll be doing this year. This fall we will be working with our Heartbeat Honorees to bring their stories to life with spoken word poetry, or SLAM, as we like to call it. We will honor these non-profits by capturing the passion of their mission, and the impact they’ve had on our community via the beauty and power of words. Each non-profit works tirelessly in their field to serve those in need and build our community better everyday. We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to serve, and to raise our voices for a group of organizations that are the lifeblood of this town. Be sure to check out this blog over the coming weeks to stay connected to our work, words, and to our journey this year with PFO.
Welcome to the 1415 Photography Committee page! This blog is your go to source for the latest updates on all of the awesome work we’ll be doing this year. This fall, we will be working closely with our Heartbeat Non-profit Honorees to capture their stories in the second volume of our coffee table book, “Changing Charlotte”. We are so excited to have the opportunity to serve this year’s class of Heartbeat Honorees. They are truly on the frontlines of social change in Charlotte. They work everyday to promote the growth of a more inclusive and closer knit community. We can’t wait to capture their passion in our book. Be sure to check out this blog over the coming weeks to follow the amazing work we will be doing!
Welcome to the 1415 Anthology Committee page! This blog is your go to source for the latest updates on all of the awesome work we’ll be doing this year. Our committee is brand new this year! We will be interviewing people from all over Charlotte about what or who they are grateful for.
We believe that stories have the power to heal, to inspire, and to connect our community. Whether it is a teacher who changed the course of their life, a talk with an old friend, or a stranger that took time out of their day to make a difference, we want to collect these tales of gratitude and put them into an inspirational book! Be sure to check out this blog over the coming weeks to follow the amazing work we will be doing!
Welcome to the 1415 Cookbook Committee page! This blog is your go to source for the latest updates on all of the awesome work we’ll be doing this year. This fall we are rolling up our sleeves, donning our aprons, and diving head first into the world of fresh, local, and fantastic food! Over the next few months we will searching for seasonal recipes that reflect the best of what the Charlotte community has to offer. We will be eating, interviewing, and writing our way into PFO’s best Cookbook yet! Be sure to check out this blog to follow our Committee’s journey as we cook up “somethin’ good” this year with PFO.
Welcome to the 1415 Children’s Book Committee page. This blog is your go to source for the latest updates on all of the awesome work we’ll be doing this year. Over the course of the next two months, we will be working together to write and illustrate our very own Children’s Book. But this year we are taking the Children’s Book to the next level! After our book is completed, it will be turned into an Original Children’s Show to be performed this spring as a part of Arts Festival. We couldn’t be more excited and we hope you are too! Be sure to return to our page to stay connected to our committee as we embark on this creative journey!
Welcome to our page! We can’t wait to carry on PFO’s tradition of great Musical theatre. This spring we’ll be performing…”You’ll have to wait and see”. No, seriously! You’ll have to wait! We can’t tell you until later this Fall, but it is going to be awesome. Check out this blog in the coming months for the latest on our “high kickin’, toe tappin’ , show stoppin’ group of Teens.
Welcome to the Children’s Theatre Experience! We are BRAND new this year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This year, the PFO Children’s Book is going to be turned into an Original Children’s Show that we are going to perform! This spring will be the World Premiere of this work! Check out this blog in the coming months to see all of the theatre magic we are creating!
Welcome to our page! This year we are collaborating with another amazing class of PFO Heartbeat Honorees! We have the honor to bring the stories of groups like The Sandbox, The Relatives, and The Women’s Impact Fund to life with dance. We are working closely with our Heartbeat Honorees to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the work the do in our community. We are so grateful for the opportunity to share their stories and promote the impact they are having in the Charlotte area and beyond. Check out this blog for insider access to our creative process as we develop our movement pieces!
Today was the very first buddy event, and it was absolutely amazing, wonderful, and incredible! My buddy partner, Sarah Campbell, and I got to meet our buddy Amelia for the first time and we connected immediately! Amelia’s love for the movie Frozen led to an amazing song-filled day singing Let it Go and swinging! The […]
Welcome to our page! The PFO season is officially underway and we can’t wait to start creating! This year we are working with an another amazing class of Heartbeat Honorees. We will be closely collaborating with our Honorees to create works of Art that reflect their passion and mission. It is an honor to celebrate the impact in our community of groups like Leadership Charlotte, Apparo, he Great Outdoors University and others.
Check out this blog for a behind the scenes look at our creative process.