What does the Citizens match process look like?
There are a few steps in order to be matched in the Citizens program.
Membership Application – all participants (peer buddy, buddy, and sponsor) must complete a membership application on Best Buddies Online.
Background Check – all peer buddies and buddies must consent to a background check.
Phone Screening – the program manager will conduct a phone screening to get to know the participant and determine if they are appropriate for involvement in the Citizens program.
Home Interview – the program manager will go to the potential participant’s home to conduct an in person interview and provide an introductory training. *Sponsors should be present at the home interview for buddies.
Match Meeting – once the program manager has found a peer buddy and a buddy who will make a good match, they will host a match meeting to introduce the buddy pair to one another. If both parties feel comfortable with the match, this meeting marks the beginning of their friendship!