Buddy Project

Since April 8th, 2013, Buddy Project has been pairing teens and young adults with a buddy. We pair based on mutual interest and age. 

As of March 27th, 2017 over 170,000 people have signed up to be paired with a buddy.

Having just one friend to support you through the hardships of your life can really make a difference.
I created Buddy Project to show that to the world.
— Gabby Frost, Founder and CEO

Our Mission


Buddy Project, Inc. is a non-profit movement that aims to prevent suicide and self-harm by pairing people as buddies and raising awareness for mental health. We will primarily focus on children, teens, and young adults across the globe by providing positivity, companionship, resources, and education, in order to reduce the stigma of mental illness, bullying and negativity on social media. By introducing these concepts at an early age, we hope to promote empathy, compassion, and awareness of mental health issues.

Buddy Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that will support behavioral health facilities and mental health research organizations.




Gabby founded Buddy Project on April 8th, 2013, when she was 15 and a freshman in high school. She was motivated to create this initiative after a few of her friends told her they were going through mental illness, self-harm addiction, and suicidal thoughts. These friends always told Gabby how her support helped them. After discovering many teens on Twitter were going through the same problems, Gabby remembered what her friends told her about how much support from a friend meant to them. She thought if she could pair people with a new friend that had the same interests as them, she could prevent people from committing suicide.

Gabby has received multiple awards and honors for her work with Buddy Project, which includes the Shorty Award in Teen Activism, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Award, PB Teen Extraordinary Teen, and Pennsylvania Hometown Hero for Glamour. She has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, USA Today College, Revlon's Million Dollar Challenge, Fox 29, and Local Wolves.

Gabby is currently a member of Crisis Text Line's Youth Advisory Council, 1000 Dreams Fund's Student Advisory Board, and the Real Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences. In 2016, she was a Global Teen Leader for Three Dot Dash, as well as a member of Harvard's Inaugural Making Caring Common Youth Advisory Board.

Gabby is also an ambassador for Clover Letter and a campus rep for Shelly Cove. She is currently a freshman at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is majoring in Music Industry. 

Twitter: @gabby_frost

Instagram: gabbyfrost

Facebook: facebook.com/gabbyfrosty

Contact: gabby@buddy-project.org



Buddy Project Board of Directors

President & CEO — Gabby Frost

Chairman — Joan Hannahoe

Treasurer — Joyce Frost

Secretary — Nicole McCauley