On Tuesday, August 22, 60 high school student leaders from New York’s Capital Region attended our annual Best Buddies Local Leadership Training Day. We also held a college Local Leadership Training for 15 college student leaders on Saturday, September 9.
The 28th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference had over 2,300+ students around the world, including over 120 people from New York, come together for a weekend in July to learn more about leadership, inclusion, and advocacy.
On Sunday, March 12, 2017 Riverdale Country High School came together to host their 5th Annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball. Over 200 participants from high school and college chapters in the New York metro area came together to enjoy an afternoon of fun festivities, food, dancing and friendship.
This extraordinary story starts when Jimmy told his friend Jennifer that he wanted to run a 5k with friends. The result established an outlet for Jimmy to get into shape, all while showing the community what people with intellectual disabilities are able to accomplish when given the chance.
North Rockland High School Best Buddies Promoters Club is proud to present the #RWordStomp2017. Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of 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.
On October 1, a Local Leadership Training Day was held for our college chapter officer corps. Those schools now include Siena, St. Rose, Union, Marist, UAlbany, HVCC, Plattsburgh, and Skidmore.
We had a great turnout at our Yoga Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15 at Dharma Yoga in NYC. All proceeds went to our NYC Friendship Walk. Some incredible supporters came together to raise money, celebrate friendship, and practice yoga together.
On Friday, September 16, the staff members from our Albany office attended the NYSARC Recreation Conference in Lake George, New York. Our Program Manager, Sam Hershberger, had the privilege of presenting about our new Citizens Program to 40 service providers from across New York State.
Our new Rochester Area Director, Bonnie is a seasoned fundraising professional who also brings with her experience in volunteer leadership development and strong organizational and strategic planning skills. Most recently, Bonnie was the Executive Director for the Western NY District of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and in previous positions has worked for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Heart Association.