This year’s Best Buddies Leadership Conference focused on “Passing the Torch” and igniting the globe with the values of our mission. Over 2,300 student leaders, volunteers and community advocates from around the world united July 21-24, 2017 at Indiana University in Bloomington to develop the skills needed to organize and lead a Best Buddies chapter at their school, while also sharing the mission within their community.
Morgan Tibbens is a participant in Best Buddies’ School Friendship Program at Lewisburg High School where she has formed an undeniable bond with her buddy, Taylor. This past year, Morgan achieved local fame when she was crowned “Miss Amazing Teen Mississippi”, the state title to a national pageant that focuses on the strengths and abilities of women with IDD.
We are looking for volunteers to fill some important roles for the event! This year we are celebrating the best kind of ship ~ Friendship! Featuring a gourmet dinner, silent and live auction, live band, gaming and much more…
Jamie Taylor and Kyle Anderson were officially matched as a buddy pair through the Best Buddies School Friendship Program at Bartlett High School. This dynamic duo serves as a heartfelt reminder to everyone they meet of the power of friendship and its ability to change lives.
Best Buddies is excited to announce that Melissa Todd has been promoted to Regional Director for the newly created Mid-South Region, which encompasses Memphis, Arkansas and Mississippi programs.
The annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference is designed to inspire, train and equip thousands of students and community leaders to be Best Buddies advocates and bring about social change. Get ready to “Pass the Torch” at the 2017 Best Buddies Leadership Conference. This year’s conference will be held July 21-24, 2017 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Noah Schepman and Joe McClellan’s friendship is truly something special. This exceptional pair sheds light on the true power of friendship at an early age. Joe first met Noah at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year at Riverdale. With it being Noah’s first year at Riverdale, he was a little nervous, but eager to learn more about his new classmates.
Despite the severe weather, the 2017 Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Memphis saw hundreds of supporters from across the Mid-South ban together to celebrate inclusion. Featuring over 30 event sponsors, 160 community, corporate and individual teams, and over 600 walkers…
Best Buddies Citizens is one of the key programs represented in Best Buddies’ Friendship Program outreach. Our Citizens program pairs an adult with IDD in a one-to-one friendship with an adult without IDD from their local community. Since 2013, Best Buddies in Memphis has focused on expanding our School Friendship program from 5 active schools to over 30 schools representing successful Best Buddies chapters in the Mid-South to date.
Best Buddies in Memphis hosted an ‘Evening of Thanks’ at Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group’s Local on the Square honoring our most faithful friends whose unwavering generosity continues to propel our mission to enrich the lives of individuals with an intellectual and developmental disability.