Timothy & Ryan
Timothy & Ryan
Friendship Program Participants in California
Ryan was introduced to Best Buddies as a freshman in high school. Throughout high school, he developed a deep appreciation for the Best Buddies mission and what it can do for individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
“I could not have known how much I would learn from students with IDD,” Ryan said. “They have made me more outgoing, and I now not only look after myself but after the new friendships I have made as well.”
One of the most significant factors in Ryan’s transformation was his buddy, Timothy. Two years ago, Ryan was matched in a one-to-one friendship with Timothy. They instantly hit it off and became significant parts of each other’s lives.
“I love Timothy’s energy,” Ryan said. “He is the kindest soul I’ve ever met and shows love towards everyone he meets.”
Their genuine connection has not gone unnoticed.
“In all my years of doing this, I have never seen a friendship like Ryan and Timothy’s,” their chapter advisor said. “Ryan will come to my room every day to hang out with Timothy for lunch, and he consistently makes an effort in their friendship.”
Ryan and Timothy’s meaningful friendship has inspired a culture of inclusion at their school. Ryan is now the chapter president of Tesoro Best Buddies and has had an active role in growing their presence on campus. We are so grateful to Ryan and Timothy for showcasing that so much can be learned from individuals of all abilities when we have integrated classrooms, peer groups and communities.