My ‘Best Buddies story’ starts in 2009, when I was a freshman at New York University (NYU). I was so happy to be in a big and exciting city, but also desperate for a sense of community. I attended the club fair during the first week of school to learn about opportunities to get involved at NYU, and met with the Best Buddies College Buddy Director (CBD).
I had heard about Best Buddies before because my older brother, who has an intellectual disability (IDD), was a part of the Best Buddies chapter at his high school. He benefitted so much from having a buddy to spend time with, and I knew that I wanted to give back to the organization.
I joined right away and became involved with the Best Buddies New York office, helping to plan the very first Best Buddies Friendship Walk in New York City. In all honesty, I was totally shocked that the committee members and Best Buddies staff were so open to hearing my ideas! This experience prepared me for the work I’m doing now as a Founding Member of the Best Buddies Young Leaders Council, which will be attending this year’s Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC).