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


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

Fri 11-12pm


Brandon Harber

(801) 376-3004

Tues 2-3pm


Active Semesters

Fall   Winter   Spring   Summer


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, 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.




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)