I have to admit that, initially, I was a little bit discouraged when I walked onto Indiana University’s campus for the Best Buddies Leadership Conference. I have wanted to have a buddy for the entirety of high school, but as a Promoter school member, I felt less involved than my fellow Capital Region leaders who have buddies and lead friendship chapters.
I was a little nervous about attending the Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC) because I didn’t know any of the people who were going… but that changed even before we left for Indiana!
Best Buddies Prom is our modern take on the traditional gala, with simultaneous parties for both students and adults. While students dance the night away and enjoy photo booths and plenty of food and soft drinks, adults partake in a chef tasting, an open bar, and a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences making Prom the Beltway’s ultimate party with a purpose.
On Wednesday March 1, West Potomac High School’s Best Buddies chapter held their Spread the Word to End the Word event . Crowds of students swarmed the giant blue banner and pledged their support to stop using the r-word, Ledo Pizza fed the whole school, and 94.7 Fresh FM Morning Show Host – and Capital Region Board Chair – Tommy McFly spoke to the students about the importance of retiring the r-word.
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.
A&E’s new show #BornThisWay follows the lives of seven young adults living with Down syndrome. Watch these incredible stories with us Tuesday, December 8th at 10/9c.
Best Buddies Virginia hosted our annual Valentine’s Party on Friday, February 6th, at George Mason University. The event was a huge success with over 250 people enjoying an evening of dancing and friendship. Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters including Hard Times Cafe – Fairfax who generously donated […]
If you love to exercise and are a person with a disability, join our friends at Achilles International for a workout every Sunday on the Mall!
If you know someone who has an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD), the Best Buddies Jobs Program could be a great fit. Additionally, if your company is interested in hiring someone with a disability, we would like to talk to you. Best Buddies Jobs is a program for adults with […]
The friendship between Kelvin and Anna is so genuine. You rarely find one without the other. They really push each other to be better, and support one another. In VA/DC, our students participate in the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, DC. For months prior to the race, Anna helped Kelvin […]