Executive Director

Bud Amundsen joined Rogue Valley Youth for Christ in August 1991.  His prior employment was as an investment broker for Edward Jones & Co., where he had a profitable office in Ashland, Oregon.  While volunteering with youth programs in the Ashland area at that time, he decided to join Rogue Valley Youth for Christ and invest in young people, as others had invested in him.

Bud was introduced to mentoring at age 12 when an invitation to bale hay from a family friend turned into a three year mentoring relationship. That farmer taught Bud many skills, everything from how to drive a tractor to how to work all day in any kind of weather. Since that time Bud has enjoyed mentoring younger guys. He put that interest to use in college as a teaching assistant; teaching kayaking and rock climbing to underclassmen. As he began his work with Youth for Christ he reformatted the program model to focus on small groups and one on one relationships with students. In 2003 he was a founding member of the Every Kid Task Force and became the main spokesperson, presenting to community service groups and churches how mentoring relationships between safe adults and children play a vital role in the healthy development of children. This understanding led to the development of a highly effective mentoring program where at-risk children are matched with adults coming from partnering churches and community groups.

In 2009 Bud became the Executive Director at Rogue Valley Youth for Christ and his passion for mentoring continues as he is currently mentoring five young men between the ages of seventeen and thirty-one.

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