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 BEST BUDDIES 2014-2015



The officers have an e-mail! If you have any questions, comments, concerns, pictures, friendship updates, or anything else, send them our way at:     officers.bestbuddies@gmail.com


What is Best Buddies?
Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disablilites by providing opportunities for mutually enriching one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. 

What is Best Buddies's mission?
Best Buddies envisions a world where people with intellectual disabilities are so successfully integrated into our schools, our workplaces and our general communities that our current efforts and services will be unnecessary. 

What makes Best Buddies unique?
Best Buddies is the only organization within the U.S. and around the world focused exclusively on improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through one-to-one friendships with people without disabilities.

How was Best Buddies founded?
Anthony K. Shriver founded Best Buddies in 1989 and the first high school Best Buddies program was started in 1994. Today, Best Buddies operates in almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.

How does Best Buddies create a lifetime of support?
Once you join Best Buddies International, you can become a part of Best Buddies forever. Adult programs include e-Buddies, Best Buddies Citizens, and Best Buddies Jobs in numerous major cities.

What are the requirements to be a Best Buddies member?
All members are required to attend the monthly chapter activities and meetings.

What is the difference between a Peer Buddy and an Associate Buddy?
Peer buddies establish a one-on-one friendship with their buddy. In addition to attending the monthly chapter meetings and activities, peer buddies must have weekly contact with their buddy as well as a monthly activity. Associate members are only required to attend the chapter meetings and activities.

How do I join Best Buddies?
E-mail an officer at officers.bestbuddies@gmail.com, talk to one of our great advisors, or stop by room B120 any time.

How is Best Buddies organized and run?
Our chapter is student run by a group of officers in addition to two teacher advisors, but the club is very open and many leadership opportunities are available.

I'm not in Best Buddies, how can I help spread Best Buddies vision?
There's always something you can do, even if not formally in Best Buddies. You can support our "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign, use "People First" language, and promote the mission and goals of Best Buddies.

NameAscending SortJob TitlePhoneContact
Baker, Maureen Teacher 847-949-2200 Ext. 1119
Penuel, Krysta School Psychologist 847-949-2200 Ext. 1258


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