Best Buddies

Student Leader
Michaela Moncecchi

Teacher Leaders
Molly Hirschegger
Nate Sullivan

Our Mission
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The world's largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

One-to-One Friendships

Integrated Employment

Leadership Development

“Picture your best friend. Now imagine your life without that person. For people with developmental disabilities, the laughter and excitement of a best friend is only a dream. Best Buddies is a lifeline to the joy of having and being a friend.”

A Global Volunteer Movement

Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant international s grown from one original chapter at Georgetown University to almost 1,900 chapters worldwide, positively impacting the lives of over 900,000 people with and without IDD.  Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in over 50countries around the world.

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