Best Buddies

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Two female students sit with a girl with Down syndrome.
What is _____?: 

What is Best Buddies?


Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to better the lives of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. College chapters, like ours at BYU, are just some of the many programs available through Best Buddies.

 

In our chapter, we match buddy pairs of college students with adults from the community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Historically, adults with IDD have been isolated in home or work environments. Best Buddies Colleges is changing this by providing opportunities for people with IDD to create meaningful one-to-one friendships and be involved in campus and community life!

 

To learn more about Best Buddies International, visit bestbuddies.org

 

Volunteer Commitment: Your options are to be a "peer buddy" and hang out with your buddy at least twice monthly with weekly phone or email contact, or be an "associate member" and come to our twice-monthly activities held on campus without being matched to a buddy. We officially run Fall/Winter but participation through Spring/Summer is encouraged if you are still in Provo (not required).

Program Directors: 

Program Directors

Scott Anderson

(770) 328-3468

Fri 1-2pm

 

Amanda Nielson

(385) 625-9110

 

Nathan Giauque

(208) 890-2240

 

Allyse Shumway

(801) 310-5598

 

Cary Nichols

(858) 254-4443

Tues 3:30-4:30pm

 

Camdyn Roberts

(602) 501-5287

 

Tanner Seibold

(248) 660-6175

 

Katelyn McKenzie

(208) 830-7260

 

Megan Stephenson

(385) 248-1716

Thurs 10-11am

 

Brandon Harber

(801) 376-3004

Tues 10-11am

 

 

How do I get involved?: 

How do I get involved?


To join our chapter, complete this online application. For questions, please contact the program directors at bestbuddies@byu.edu, or feel free to come into the Y-Serve office during one of our office hours (listed to the right) to speak with one of us!

 

Follow us on Instagram at @bestbuddiesbyu and friend us on Facebook.

 

Experiences: 

Experiences

Best Buddies has helped open my eyes to the joys that come from serving others. Forgetting my own happiness in order to help others be happy has changed me. Playing basketball with my buddy earlier this semester brought us both joy and strengthened my character.

-Scott Anderson (2017)