Ambassadors Educational Track
Best Buddies Ambassadors is a program that provides training for participants with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in areas of leadership, self-advocacy, and public speaking. The Best Buddies Ambassadors program creates opportunities for participants to share their story, advocate for inclusion, network, and promote the Best Buddies mission.
At the Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference, the weekend-long ambassador training provides attendees with a comprehensive and engaging education experience with a strong emphasis on what it means to be a leader and what it takes to be an advocate for yourself and others. Trainings will be comprised of large group sessions, breakouts, guest speakers, professional development, and roundtable discussions. The primary focus of the training will be leadership and advocacy, though a large component will train participants to effectively connect with an audience through speech writing and public speaking. The two training tracks available throughout the weekend’s trainings are:
Novice: This track is an introduction to speech writing and will focus on the basics of developing a speech and speech delivery. This is ideal for brand new ambassadors and ambassadors who are still perfecting their craft.
Advanced: This track is for ambassadors with public speaking experience at the local or national level. The focus will be on editing your existing speech and developing advanced presentation and delivery skills.