Best Buddies is committed to developing leaders and empowering students to serve as prepared and confident decision makers and managers of their chapter. The key to the success and ongoing cultivation of these leaders is the chapter advisor. The chapter advisor serves as the guide and mentor to youth leaders as they plan events and foster friendships to meet the Best Buddies mission.
There are many ways in which advisors can support their chapter. Here is a quick review of the roles:
- Faculty Advisor: A member of the school staff who serves as the liaison between school administrators and students. This advisor provides insight on matching peer buddies and helps to secure meeting space when necessary.
- Special Education Advisor: A staff or support faculty that works with the special education program on campus and is familiar with the students who receive special services. This advisor provides support when matching buddies and shares information and training when necessary to new matches.
- Host Site Coordinator: For chapters with a host site, this advisor serves as the connection between the participants at the site and the on campus members. This advisor supports the communication, transportation, updates, and other necessary planning resources and information for participants of the host site. This advisor also provides any needed training on the disability awareness and safety of participants.
- Parent Advisor: A parent of chapter members who can support any transportation or event planning needs and communicate plans and goals with other members’ parents.
Best Buddies recommends that each chapter has at least one advisor to support chapter success. We are grateful for the time, commitment, and expertise that advisors share with our chapter members and their work to develop youth leaders.
Best Buddies wants you to have the tools and support you need to cultivate young leaders and enjoy your time planning events and fostering friendships. Below you will find resources to guide you in your role.
Sanford Harmony Resources
Each chapter is provided a toolkit of games, ice breakers, cards, and lesson plans from our partners at Sanford Harmony. These toolkits provide fun and engaging chapter activities for members and expand upon Harmony’s social and emotional learning (SEL) content, which our chapter members can use to shape meaningful relationships. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your toolkit.
Additionally, Harmony provides monthly webinars for Harmony SEL champion schools to assist with gaining an in-depth understanding of the tools and resources available to enhance your Harmony teaching experience. The link to join is here: Sanford Harmony Webinar.