“It is hard to think back to a time when I felt so alone and had no friends. Best Buddies has given me the opportunity to come out of my shell and meet people and have friends. It was scary, but I am so glad I did it and stuck with it because I feel so much better. I am a Buddy Ambassador and Buddy Director at the University of Hawaii at Manoa College Chapter. I have been with the program for two years. I like to help everyone come up with ideas for chapter events. My favorite thing is that in whatever we do, I can hang out with my buddy Stephanie Yokoyama.
I have grown a lot as an Ambassador over the past year. I volunteer at every Best Buddies event, like the Friendship Jam and the Friendship Walk. I have attended several trainings and my goal is to continue to help Best Buddies in any way I can.
I am a very strong advocate. I shared my story at the Friendship Walk. I also testified before the Honolulu City Council for a big grant and also testified for a rant In Aid.
My experience has made me happier and more outgoing.”