Parent Organization: Service
To establish 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).
To put Best Buddies out of business
Individuals (college students) have a choice to get paired with someone with an intellectual disability and create a friendship, this is called being a "College Buddy". The process of becomming a college buddy requires an interview at the beginning of the academic year. You can also join as an "Associate Member" which means you are invited to all the events and encouraged to hang out with any buddy pair as you choose, or all of the buddy pairs!, but you are not matched with one specific person with an intellectual disability. College Buddy pairs should be in contact on a weekly basis, hang out every 1 or 2 weeks (twice a month) including at every event. To become a member you must submit a membership application (a link to which will be sent to you when you email to join) and we enourage you to join our facebook page for more frequent updates.
We have at least one event per semester and sometimes a chapter meeting as well. Members are notified about events and meeting on both the facebook page and email.
If you are considering joining for the 2012-2013 year as an associate member (as we have already completed the interview process for College Buddies for the year), please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.