Meet Malachi Wells
Malachi began his training as an Ambassador in February 2014 at Best Buddies Illinois’ beginner Ambassador workshop. Best Buddies Illinois staff recruited him into this program because of the leadership skills he exemplified as a buddy director at his high school. His skills as an Ambassador continued to improve through his attendance at Leadership Conference, where he wrote a moving speech about why the R-word should be eliminated. Malachi has been a tremendous asset to Best Buddies Illinois through his many contributions to the disability rights movement. He continues to grow as a speaker and as an advocate.
“My name is Malachi and I am a Best Buddies Ambassador. I have been involved in Best Buddies since the fall of 2012. As the buddy director at my high school, I was responsible for planning events, setting goals for my chapter, recruiting new members, and raising awareness about the Best Buddies mission. Since joining Best Buddies, I am more outgoing and interact with students I’ve never met before.
Best Buddies has helped create many opportunities for me to learn how to be a leader, meet new friends and spread awareness about those with special needs. I am involved in both the Ambassadors and Friendship program. Because of Best Buddies I have learned skills to advocate for myself and for the equal treatment of others.
I want to become a spokesperson for Best Buddies because I want to help others spread awareness and learn how to treat people fairly. In the future I also want to learn sign language in order to communicate with people who use sign language, so that I can reach more people. I really enjoy being involved in Best Buddies and I am thankful for all the opportunities this organization has given me.”
“Being in Best Buddies, where everyone socializes with one another and there are no cliques, everyone is open and accepting. These are the things I’ve always taught Malachi, but he never got to practice. Best Buddies has provided a space without competition or fear of being accepted. Outside of Best Buddies people sometimes laugh at him, not with him. But in Best Buddies, he can be himself and not worry about being judged by his peers. I look forward to many years of Malachi’s involvement in Best Buddies. I want him to have a long-term relationship with Best Buddies advocating for awareness and fighting for disability rights, as well as establishing friendships that will last throughout his life.” – Angie Wells, Malachi’s mother