Since opening in January 2018, Best Buddies New Jersey is growing and seeing the need for our programs in every part of the state. We currently have 20 school-based chapters throughout New Jersey supporting important programs to build one-to-one friendships between individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our Jobs program has placed six candidates into competitive and integrated positions in the community with another twenty anticipated for 2020.
This year, we launched our Summer Internship program and look forward to placing 25 participants into a paid internship in 2020.
Our goals for 2020 include continuing to expand our friendship programs throughout the state, recruiting and training new volunteers, placing qualified candidates into meaningful job opportunities and growing our advisory board.