Afterschool Buddy® Characters
Jake Poodles®, Aunt Junk®, Manny Cat® and Jason, an original/former member of The Rainbow Kids®
Afterschool Buddy® on the road
Afterschool Buddy® visiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania with mobile educational programs during BGCWPA summer camp season.
Adventures Abound, All Around!
Rockin' Renee, Pete the Pirate, Jake Poodles & Aunt Junk at our famous Beach Party!
WPXI-TV Parade Time!
From live holiday parade broadcast on WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh
Beach Party at Summer Camps!
A full house in Carnegie, PA for our summer camp show!
A live original show produced by Afterschool Buddy, Inc.
WPXI-TV Parade Time!
Aunt Junk® & new buddies
Aunt Junk® entertains a pre-school audience during a community festival.
Jake Poodles® & Manny Cat® Parading!
The best Parade Grand Marshals in town!
Members of The Rainbow Kids®
Bailey, DJ, Jason, Josh & Gianna, great graduates of The Rainbow Kids®
Afterschool Buddy® at BGCWPA Camp
Manny Cat® and Aunt Junk® on the road at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA summer camp in Duquesne, PA.
Manny Cat® and Jake Poodles® Rock!
Afterschool Buddy® characters get any party or parade started! Bring them to your event this year!
The Rainbow Kids® onstage
Afterschool Buddy® characters Manny Cat® and Jake Poodles®, former members of The Rainbow Kids® and choreographer Joyce D. Ellis following their performance at the Pittsburgh Fitness Expo in Monroeville, PA.
Manny Cat® and Jake Poodles® Boating
Manny Cat® and Jake Poodles® learning about Pittsburgh's Three Rivers onboard a floating environmental classroom
Afterschool Buddy Kitchen
Healthy cooking with Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN
Manny Cat® & Jake Poodles®
Manny Cat® and Jake Poodles® visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium & find a new friend.
Santa and Aunt Junk!
Parade Pets & Best Buddies!
Jake Poodles® & Manny Cat® on the move at a community parade!
The Original Jake
The original Jake, our beloved family pet and the inspiration for Jake Poodles®. Jake passed away in May 2014, after 15 wonderful years of bringing happiness and joy. We hope Jake Poodles® can continue Jake's mission to be a true buddy to children and pets everywhere.
The Original Manny
Sweet little Manny, a Russian Blue cat with a very loving heart, was the inspiration for Manny Cat®. Manny was curious about everything and seemed to take on a new personality one day after wearing a miniature sombrero. That day, the ever-curious, multi-cultural cat Manny Cat was born. Manny passed away at the age of 7 after the first performance of Afterschool Buddy in 2009, but his great spirit lives on.
Welcome to Afterschool Buddy®, Inc., a full-service, multimedia production company and home of exciting "Adventures with Afterschool Buddy & the Gang®". We saw a need for fresh, new, innovative children's programming to inspire the next generation to greater heights. Our mission is to provide television programs, internet content, live shows, music & books that educate and entertain children everywhere with important life lessons that continue long after the school day is over.
With a global outlook and a quest to show every child the world, Afterschool Buddy® and our beloved "family" of Jake Poodles®, Manny Cat®, Aunt Junk® and The Rainbow Kids® are ready to launch more amazing adventures this year! We showcase multi-cultural diversity, teach important lessons about the environment, show children how to respect themselves and others, teach health & wellness tips, and show children how to care for those wonderful companions, our pets! Come along with us for an exciting ride that children, parents, teachers will never forget. Be Our Buddy! Call 412-486-2151 for more information.
Afterschool Buddy News
NEW TALENT SEARCH - Time has flown, our great young performers/ambassadors are growing up and it's time to bring in the next generation of Rainbow Kids!
Do you have the passion, dedication and committment to come and grow with us? It all starts with your audition!
Parents may email .
COVER STORY - Pennsylvania CAREGIVER Magazine
What a great way to share our story and celebrate Afterschool Buddy's 10th anniversary!
Special thanks to Trib Total Media and writer Patricia Van Horn Shultz. Click to view Caregiver magazine & read more!