Advisors from middle school, high school, and college chapters are invited to participate in specialized trainings designed specifically for their unique leadership role and based on their program involvement. Advisors from each school program will attend trainings both as a large group and will also participate in specific discussions for their school program. Sessions will be led by experienced senior Best Buddies staff – with the support of veteran Best Buddies advisors – and will focus on the advisor role at large: managing student leaders, supporting the program on their campuses, engaging parents, and sharing Best Buddies’ progress and opportunities with administration. Advisors will also have the opportunity to participate in program breakouts with their chapter leaders which will be led by their state or regional program staff.
Best Buddies strives to empower our advisors to develop the training track that best suits their needs. While specific trainings will be offered in small group forums for all advisors, we also invite advisors to participate in workshops, large group panel discussions, and World Café roundtables with their chapter leaders, or connect peer-to-peer to network and build resources.
What to Expect
Workshops: Senior Best Buddies staff, guest speakers, performers, and outstanding young leaders will facilitate a host of different training topics specific to the needs of our Best Buddies chapter leaders. Topics range from communication best practices, the disability rights movement, event planning, and advocacy training. Workshops will be offered in rotating 50 minute blocks for three separate sessions on Saturday afternoon. Participants are encouraged to select the training topics that best meet their training needs and register prior to attending conference.
Panel Discussions: Experienced leaders, parents, advisors, young leaders, and professionals in the disabilities field will host a forum to share best practices and answer questions from the audience. Participants are encouraged to engage in the discussion and learn from the trained speakers to develop successful skills for sharing the mission in their community.
World Cafe: Participants from all over the world will be separated randomly into small groups in a large setting to participate in a roundtable discussion based on conference themes. The groups – which will be comprised of youth and adult global leaders – will be facilitated by Best Buddies senior staff, though attendees are encouraged to drive the discussion to learn from each other and shape tools and techniques to succeed back home.
More information, include agendas and resources, on the advisor training sessions will be available closer to conference.