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Guiding the Western Wellness Foundation Inc. and the Best Friends Mentoring Program (BFMP) is the goal to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families, one at a time. BFMP matches adult role models with youth who need positive adult guidance and friendship, and is one of the largest mentoring organization in North Dakota. We served more than 150 at-risk youth in 2017-18.

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Berg Elementary raises $300+ during Giving Hearts Day

Berg Elementary School in Dickinson staged the first school-based coin collection drive for Best Friends in its 25-year history, raising a total $307. The top collectors were Ms. Dawson’s third-grade class with $56.55 and Mr. Herrin’s second-grade class came in a close second with $52.06.

The school helped Best Friends raise an estimated $15,000 during Giving Hearts Day in February.

2020 Chocolate Affair features
new venue and top chefs

In the wake of COVID-19 health concerns, Best Friends’ Chocolate Affair is rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 12 at Phat Fish Brewing, 1031 W. Villard.

Providing culinary chocolate creations this year are chefs from Phat Fish, The Crossing, Players Sports Bar & Grill, Sodexo at Dickinson State University, The Foodie Call, the Brickhouse Grille and more. Libby Matthews who runs her own bakery specializing in keto, low-carb, diabetic, celiac or gluten free, grain free, and refined sugar-free followers is participating. Anna Kreidt, a 15-year-old aspiring pastry chef and freshman at Dickinson High School is also a guest chef. For more information and tickets, contact Best Friends at (701) 483-8615.

Dan Porter & Dan Porter Motors helps create foundation’s
first qualified endowment fund

Dan Porter Motors and Dan Porter Mortors are providing for mentoring in Southwest North Dakota by kick starting a new endowment fund.

The endowment fund is a qualified endowment, meaning Best Friends can spend only interest from the funds. “With his year-end donation, Dan has helped create a great way for donors to give a significant contribution to the future of Best Friends Mentoring while also receiving a very nice tax benefit,” said Kris Fehr, BFMP executive director. “We thank Dan Porter and Dan Porter Motors for leading the way in making a long-term difference for youth in our community.”

BFMP continues community
impact with director search

The Best Friends Mentoring Program (BFMP) is approaching a quarter-century of community service with a search underway for a new executive director.

Kris Fehr, the longtime executive director of BFMP and the Western Wellness Foundation (WWF), has announced her retirement at the end of this year. Plans are underway to find a replacement for Fehr, who initiated the organization’s growth in 2000, culminating in the mentoring of more than 3,000 youth during her two decades with BFMP. Fehr also launched signature fundraisers, such as Family Fun Day and the Chocolate Affair – events which supported hundreds of mentor-mentee matches. 

Western Wellness Foundation
facilitates underpass mural

The Western Wellness Foundation, the umbrella organization over the Best Friends Mentoring program, has helped lead a $20,000 improvement to the Third Avenue/Highway 22 underpass in Dickinson.   Comtinue reading …

Executive Director envisions Dickinson as model community

Kris Fehr, the executive director of the Best Friends Mentoring Program and community leader for more than 20 years, shared how she has seen the city of Dickinson grow and respond to local and regional needs.         Continue reading …

ConocoPhillips donates $5,000 to support local mentoring

BFMP received $5,000 from ConocoPhillips in March as part of the company’s annual charitable giving in North Dakota.
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As mentoring continues to expand, Bowman County welcomes BFMP

Thanks to a coalition of community leaders in Bowman County, BFMP is expanding to its third county in southwest North Dakota.

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The Best Friends Mentoring Program (BFMP) serves under the umbrella of the Western Wellness Foundation, Inc. The foundation started in July 1994 after a group of concerned Dickinson, North Dakota mental health professionals sought a mentoring program, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America to serve as role-models for regional youth. A previous BB/BS program had ended 10 years earlier.

The momentum for developing a program was based on a documented need for children, mainly from single-parent homes, to have more adult interaction and positive influence in their lives. In addition to the increase in single-parent households, the organizational group noted an increase in both parents in dual-parent families needing to be employed for the family’s economic survival. Consequently, the amount of time youth in the community spent with adult family members decreased, leading to a corresponding increase in the amount of time children spent alone, isolated from caring adults and the community as a whole.

This situation placed a significant percentage of the region’s children at risk for committing future delinquent acts; using alcohol, tobacco products and other drugs; resorting to violence to act out frustrations and to solve problems; skipping school; engaging in teenage sexual activity; and losing self-esteem. 

The program’s founders — including professionals from both private and public agencies in the eight-county region — agreed that a youth mentoring program would provide the needed youth-adult interaction time, guidance and role modeling missing in some children’s lives. It would also serve to prevent delinquent and violent behavior that was beginning to occur among community youth.

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