I have advocated for the Jobs Program to begin in Sacramento. Currently, I am still a Chapter Advisor for Center High School’s Best Buddies chapter and am a member of the new Sacramento Advisory Board.
What is your favorite Best Buddies memory?
At the end of our first year as a chapter our buddy, Chase Peterson, won Senior Ball King. When they were getting ready to announce the winner, and the entire senior class was chanting his name, and I saw the joy on Chase’s face, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It was the first time a student with an IDD had ever been nominated, and then actually won, and I truly believe that it never would have happened if not for Best Buddies.
How has Best Buddies impacted your life?
Best Buddies has given me my own mission, which is to spread Best Buddies in the Sacramento area. I want it to become as well-known and as recognized as Special Olympics.
Why is inclusion important to you?
I love that my students have something so meaningful in their lives...something to look forward to, something to be excited about, something to belong to and be proud of! Everyone deserves to feel like they belong and are accepted.
What would you say to someone who is considering volunteering with Best Buddies?
DO IT!!! It is so fulfilling and will bring you so much joy!
Events and Happenings
Best Buddies Friendship Walk: May 1st, 2021
We are two months away! If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?! Walk with us in our fight for inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!