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Best Buddies

Mission: 

The mission of Best Buddies International is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Yale chapter of this international non-profit organization aims to follow all parts of Best Buddies International’s mission. It particularly focuses on creating meaningful, mutually enriching one-to-one friendships. It matches Yale students in one-to-one friendships with residents of the New Haven community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Summary of Activities: 

Best Buddies Friendship Walk 2016: The Best Buddies Friendship Walk (BBFW) is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The walk plays a key role in funding Best Buddies programs dedicated to one-to-one friendships, leadership development, and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. Proceeds from the Best Buddies Friendship Walk provide the necessary tools for people with IDD to become more independent and valued members of our society. We will be fundraising for and attending the 2016 walk at Quinnipiac University on November 6.

Build friendships between people with and without IDD: We offer social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion: we throw monthly events for our Buddies on campus, and one-to-one Buddy Pairs meet up twice a month outside of group activities to build individual friendships.

Spread the Word to End the Word 2017: Raising awareness: Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes, which affect actions. Promotes the use of respectful, people-first language.

Cause(s): 
Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Membership Open To: 
Undergraduates

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