Leadership Development: Michael Johnson, Participant to Champion!
What a difference a year makes! Just one year ago, Michael was a Buddy in his chapter at Augustana College, enjoying friendships and the chance to become trained as an Ambassador through the Best Buddies Ambassador program.
In the fall of 2016, Michael was asked to speak during the Champion of the Year campaign in Central Illinois and ended up as an emcee for the Champion of the Year Gala. Flash forward a year and Michael went from speaking in 2016 to winning the competition in 2017!
As the 2017 Champion of the Year, Michael says “…being Champion of the Year is such an awesome feeling. Words cannot tell you how happy I am to be a Champion!”.
Leadership development is at the heart of the Best Buddies mission and Michael is just one of the hundreds of examples of how Best Buddies helps develop and provide opportunities for leadership to our participants with IDD. There are no limits to what someone can achieve with an opportunity and a network of support.