Empowering Leaders through Back to Best Buddies Training
Our Pennsylvania staff is thrilled to share the exciting highlights from our recent “Back to Best Buddies” training event, a dynamic leadership workshop aimed at reigniting enthusiasm among our dedicated chapter leaders. Led by our passionate program staff, this training serves as a pivotal moment to empower leaders and advocates for the second half of the academic year.
The training is strategically designed to equip leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to effectively utilize Best Buddies resources, fostering sustained member involvement until the academic year’s conclusion. The enthusiastic participation of 94 students from across the state marked a resounding success for our Pittsburgh and Philadelphia locations.
Noteworthy was the inclusion of two outstanding student leaders from Kennett Middle School, adding a spark of energy and inspiration to our collective mission. Additionally, a speech from Bobby Evans, WCU CO Chapter President, about his life changing experience at the 2023 BBLC. As we strive to make a positive impact in every corner of Pennsylvania, the diverse representation from cities like Reading, Lancaster, Philadelphia, York, and even students from Penn State and West Virginia, showcases the widespread reach and influence of the Best Buddies program.
The agenda for the day was packed with valuable insights and activities, emphasizing key aspects such as the Friendship Walk and fundraising strategies. Our dedicated leaders delved into discussions and workshops, exploring ways to enhance the Best Buddies experience for both existing and new members alike.
One of the highlights of the event was the camaraderie formed during lunch, providing a casual yet meaningful space for networking and the exchange of ideas. The spirit of collaboration and friendship was palpable as students connected with peers who share the same passion for inclusivity and positive change.
As a token of appreciation for their dedication, attendees were treated to exciting giveaways, adding an extra layer of excitement to an already engaging day. The enthusiasm exhibited by our participants demonstrates the unwavering commitment of our Pennsylvania in Best Buddies community to make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Samantha Civitate, Best Buddies in Pennsylvania State Director noted “Our recent ‘Back to Best Buddies’ training was a transformative experience, fueling the passion of our student leaders to drive positive change in their communities. The enthusiasm and dedication displayed by the 94 students from across Pennsylvania underscore the profound impact Best Buddies has on fostering inclusivity. As State Director, I am inspired by their commitment to creating lasting connections and making a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The training sets the stage for a year of meaningful collaboration, friendship, and advocacy, reflecting the true essence of Best Buddies’ mission in Pennsylvania.”
The success of the “Back to Best Buddies” training not only reaffirms our collective mission but also sets the stage for an inspiring and impactful remainder of the academic year. We extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this event, including the program staff, student leaders, and all participants who continue to embody the spirit of Best Buddies.
As we move forward, let us carry the momentum from this training into our respective chapters, schools, and communities, fostering an environment of inclusivity, friendship, and positive change.