“Being positive is the key to my existence and everyone has a struggle that they want to overcome. I do not want my cerebral palsy to define me.”
Jack has had quite the year with Best Buddies Illinois. Jack joined Best Buddies High School program at Neuqua Valley in 2014 and has been part of the Friendship program ever since.
February 23, 2019
Best Buddies Rochester Office
Ambassadors training is a program that provides training for participants with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in areas of speech writing, public speaking, and self-advocacy.
October 6, 2018
St. Louis Life
Best Buddies Ambassadors offers people with and without IDD the opportunity to gain the public speaking skills, self-esteem and confidence needed to successfully advocate for themselves, their peers and Best Buddies in communities, workplaces, and government.
June 9, 2018
Kahala Brands Headquarters
Join us for a day of leadership and advocacy training, as participants with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) will work with volunteer speech coaches as they hone their leadership and public speaking skills!
I was born at Tampa General Hospital in 1983; I was raised by my aunt, BJ, in Florida after my parents dropped me off at my grandmother’s house and never came back. School was hard for me. I was teased until I found Best Buddies in middle school. My bond with my middle school buddy helped me because I felt protected from everyone’s teasing and her friendship gave me something to look forward to every day…
Best Buddies’ Mikayla Holmgren Becomes First Woman with Down Syndrome to Compete in Miss Minnesota USA Pageant
Mikayla Holmgren is making history by becoming the first woman with DownMikayla Holmgren Syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant – a first in any state.
In celebration of #BestBuddiesMonth we will be showcasing outstanding volunteers, employers, and supporters every Monday as part of our Monday Mission Moment series. This post comes from Pablo Castro, Best Buddies Ambassador and student at Southwest Miami Senior High School. He has been a part of Best Buddies for two years!