#BBLC: Supplying Valuable & Useful Knowledge

One of the most important goals of leadership conference is to supply valuable and useful knowledge to our participants so that they may continue to be effective and innovative leaders when they return to their communities. There are three separate tracks for middle schools, high schools and colleges.

The growing number of middle school participants in attendance this year makes it possible to offer them a fully inclusive and individualized educational track.  Middle school student leaders will meet with a buddy ambassador and YLC member who will train them to serve as role models for their peers in the world of advocacy.

The high school and college education training curriculums have been designed to successfully train incoming Best Buddies chapter leaders on their roles and responsibilities.

The educational trainings are split into two separate training types: general sessions and program manager breakouts.

The general sessions are large group, lecture-style sessions that include chapter leaders from other states and countries. The program manager breakouts are small group sessions in which the program manager leads roundtable discussions with their chapter leaders in a classroom setting.

One unique change this year is that buddy directors will be joining the rest of their chapter leadership teams for all of the officer trainings.  As a result, all of our amazing participants will be given the opportunity to share and connect with each other through their educational experience at leadership conference.

In addition to all of the students attending to the 23rd annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference, we are excited to welcome over 40 advisors: the largest group of advisors to ever join us in Indiana.

All the advisors, along with all the college officers, will attend specialized workshop sessions on topics ranging from tutorials on how to establish and improve Best Buddies Friendship Walks, to discussions about the disability rights movement. These sessions will be facilitated by staff, student leaders, and volunteers with strong backgrounds in each of the various areas. 

About Katelyn Mattey

Programs Intern at Best Buddies International HQ in Washington, DC

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