Best Buddies brought its first official North Carolina delegation to the 28th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference on July 21-24! We had a small, but mighty group of student leaders from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Duke University, as well as our newest chapters at High Point University and Myers Park High School. Many jokes were exchanged throughout conference regarding our ability to fly under the radar (made even funnier by the planes on our state shirts).
Julianna just graduated from Wake Forest University and is planning to begin her Master’s in Education there this fall. One of the best things about more years at Wake? Continuing her friendship with her best buddy Leeann.
North Carolina hosted its first ever state-sponsored Best Buddies Friendship Walk on May 6. The walk engaged the community in a celebration of friendship, inclusion and the opening of our state office while raising funds to support Best Buddies programs and expansion in the state of North Carolina.
Mikayla is a member of the executive board for UNC Best Buddies this year. Mikayla’s mom worked with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Mikayla has helped out around her classroom all her life.
The Joy Prom is an annual event hosted by UNC Best Buddies with the support of Pi Kappa Phi and the UNC Senior class. The idea for Joy Prom is simple. Create a night for adults with disabilities where they feel more accepted and loved than ever before.
Best Buddies Month is a time for Best Buddies participants to reflect on the importance of friendship, jobs, and the development of future leaders. Most importantly, it is a time to show the world the significance of these essentials in every individual’s life. What began in 1993 as a one-day event has become a month-long celebration of the Best Buddies mission. 2017 marks our 28th Anniversary, and we want you to celebrate the impact our friendship, jobs, and leadership development programs have had on your life.