Our Mission

Buddy Project® 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 supports mental health and recovery centers throughout the United States.

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 January 2019, over 230,000 people have signed up to be paired with a buddy. We are currently working on creating an app that will pair people as buddies based on their interests and age.

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 + CEO


Gabby Frost, 20, is the founder and CEO of Buddy Project, a non-profit organization aiming to prevent suicide and raise awareness for mental health. When she was 14-years-old, she discovered that many of her friends from school and online were going through mental illness. She decided to create Buddy Project on April 8th, 2013, after discovering three girls on Twitter contemplating suicide. Gabby thought that by pairing people with a friend online, it could prevent suicide and give people a peer support system.

Gabby has received multiple awards and honors for her work with Buddy Project, which includes Her Campus' 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women, 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 on Instagram, Huffington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, USA Today College, and Fox 29 Philly.

Gabby is a junior at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is majoring in Music Industry with a concentration in Business. She is a sister of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

Twitter: @gabby_frost | Instagram: gabbyfrost | Contact: gabby@buddy-project.org


Our Team

Founder, CEO, President   Gabby Frost

Founder, CEO, President
Gabby Frost

Board Member   Tara Hannahoe

Board Member
Tara Hannahoe

Chairman of the Board   Joan Hannahoe

Chairman of the Board
Joan Hannahoe

Treasurer, Fundraising Coordinator   Joyce Frost

Treasurer, Fundraising Coordinator
Joyce Frost

Secretary   Nicole McCauley

Nicole McCauley