Best Buddies in Delaware Hosts Leadership Training Day
Wilmington, Delaware 2023 – Best Buddies in Delaware is a state affiliate office of Best Buddies International (BBI), and recently hosted their annual Local Leadership Training Day for students throughout the state. BBI is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Local Leadership Training Days are hosted by Best Buddies offices annually for chapter leaders (students) and advisors (teachers) from elementary schools all the way up to college programs on how to best run their Best Buddies chapter. Through the training, students share best practices on effective strategies to recruit peers to join the club on campus, plan engaging and meaningful activities throughout the school-year, set specific and measurable goals for the program, and provide training support and resources from the Best Buddies staff. With the guiding principal that change comes from a passionate volunteer movement led by young people on a peer-to-peer level, Best Buddies focuses intentionally on supporting student leaders to be the change agents on their campus and throughout the community. Attendees left Leadership Training Day feeling empowered and prepared to guide the Best Buddies mission at their school.
Aubrey Ferris, the Chapter President of Appoquinimink High at Best Buddies Delaware said. “Best Buddies has taught me countless lessons. I’m so happy to be a part of something so great that helps me as a person but also my community and the individuals around me. Today at Local Leadership Training Day, Ellie taught me so much more about the group as a whole and the importance of being a part of Best Buddies!”
This year’s Leadership Training Day welcomed 15 leaders from 10 schools across the state. Best Buddies in Delaware is looking forward to the 2023-24 school year to creating meaningful friendships and successful inclusion on campuses throughout the state.
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