Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Outstanding Best Buddies Chapter

Owen J. Roberts High School was awarded Outstanding Best Buddies Chapter for the 2017-2018 school year. Best Buddies enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Best Buddies is the first unified, international program that pairs individuals with intellectual disabilities and college or high school students in one-to-one mutually enriching relationships.

Best Buddies is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1989. Owen J. Roberts High School is fortunate to be one of the over 1,200 Best Buddies chapters
in Colleges and High Schools throughout all 50 states and 22 countries. While participants find part of life’s fulfillment in friendship, the Best Buddies pairs are also examples to their communities of acceptance and support for people with intellectual disabilities. Best Buddies events are funded with the help of chapter fundraisers, sale of Best Buddies merchandise, community support, special events, private and corporate donations and Best Buddies grants. Each member of the buddy pair pays for him or herself in one-to-one activities.

The award was presented to rising Owen J. Roberts High School senior, Isabelle Gunson, at the Best Buddies Leadership Conference at Indiana University last week.Over 2200 students attended the conference from all around the globe.

According to the conference website, "Over the past 29 years, the Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC) has inspired thousands of leaders to be Best Buddies advocates and to bring about social change in their communities. BBLC is a once in a lifetime experience that unites Best Buddies leaders, volunteers, and community advocates from around the globe. Conference attendees gain knowledge in order to effectively take action both individually and as part of a group for a common cause while discovering the importance of their actions, responsibilities, and energy."

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