I wasn’t sure if anyone would hire me.
Just like most of us, Shalonda wanted to work and earn her own paycheck — but she had good reason to worry that she wouldn’t be able to get a job because of her disability.
In 2013-2014, a staggering 84% of people with developmental disabilities did not have a paid job in the community. A job — and the feeling of purpose, independence, and self-sufficiency it brings — could have been out of reach for Shalonda. But through the Best Buddies Jobs program, she found fulfilling, meaningful, well-paid work, where she knows she’s valued for her contributions. “My co-workers rely on me,” she says.
I received this letter from a parent whose son is involved with our Best Buddies Jobs program in Miami Beach. Joni’s message is a strong testament to the determination of our participants to be part of an inclusive workplace that allows them to fulfill their professional goals. Our Jobs staff is dedicated to building strong relationships between people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the companies who hire them. I challenge every business leader that reads this to consider hiring through Best Buddies Jobs by visiting www.imintohire.org. Are you In To Hire?
Anthony K. Shriver
Founder and Chairman, Best Buddies International
The 26th Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference Packs in Loads of Fun for Student Leaders in Bloomington, Indiana
Presented by C.A. Hartnell
- Kid Quill, Indiana’s top emcee in 2014 and up-and-coming artist rocks the crowd
- Barbara Torres, Best Buddies Jobs participant of over 20 years, wins “Best Buddies Jobs Employee of the Year Award”
- Lauren Potter, Best Buddies Ambassador and Star of the TV show “Glee” wins “Spirit of Courage Award”
- Jewelry brand ALEX and ANI unveils their new arrow of friendship bangle, which stands for friendship and individuality in which proceeds benefits Best Buddies International
- More than 2,600 people tuned in to watch the Conference, live streamed
Bloomington, IN (July 22, 2015) – Over 2,100 student leaders, volunteers, and staff from Best Buddies International Website programs around the world participated in the 26th Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference: I’M IN presented by C.A. Hartnell, July 17-20 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The weekend offered attendees new ideas to share with their chapters’ back home, networking opportunities, and most importantly, lasting friendships.
Best Buddies Jobs is proud to congratulate Gabby on completing her first month as a Media Librarian at FOX Networks in the Engineering & Operations department! As a Media Librarian, Gabby pulls content from a vault of over one million tapes so that they can be delivered directly to our televisions through FOX channels daily. Once tapes are returned, Gabby is responsible for checking them back in through a comprehensive computer system, and re-shelving the m in their proper place. In such a detail oriented job, Gabby has already thrived and been able to exhibit her outstanding strengths in this position.
Best Buddies Jobs: Transforming statistics into positive change for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Best Buddies Jobs is one of the organization’s fast growing programs, and for good reason. Currently, 85% of individuals with developmental disabilities do not have a paid community job.* This is in spite of the fact that research shows that by hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), businesses gain dependable, motivated employees and create inclusive cultures that attract desirable talent. In addition, reports find that companies that hire people with IDD for business reasons and are rewarded with business benefits.** Still, almost 43% of people with IDD in the US are living below the poverty line and only 15.5% of these individuals are working; of that, only 19.1% of people with IDD in the US are working in integrated community settings.***
MGM Resorts International Announces Best Buddies Partnership to Promote Employment Opportunities for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Funded by a $120,000 MGM Resorts donation, the partnership will support job placement while offering on-the-job support
Las Vegas, March. 31st, 2015 – Building on its commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is pleased to announce its partnership with Best Buddies Nevada to promote employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
With the help of a $120,000 MGM Resorts donation, spanning 2014 and 2015, Best Buddies Nevada will support a candidate selection process that will provide persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) with opportunities for employment in jobs specified by MGM Resorts. For those candidates hired, Best Buddies Nevada will offer special on-the-job training and other workplace support in collaboration with the company. Read More…
The 25th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference Packs in Loads of Fun for Student Leaders in Bloomington, Indiana Presented by C.A. Hartnell
- NBA Star and Best Buddies Global Sports Ambassador Kyrie Irving hosts the Best Buddies Pep Rally and Basketball Game
- Julie Remillard wins first ever “Best Buddies Jobs Employee of the Year Award”
- Best Buddies Ambassador and Jobs Participant Jorge Morilla wins “Spirit of Courage Award”
- Star of the new movie “Produce” David DeSanctis attends screening of his film at the Conference
- More than 15,000 people tuned in to watch the Conference, live streamed
Bloomington, IN (July 30, 2014) – Over 2,000 student leaders, volunteers, and staff from Best Buddies International’s programs around the world participated in the 25th Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference: Journey to Innovation presented by C.A. Hartnell, July 25-28 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The weekend offered attendees new ideas to share with their chapters’ back home, networking opportunities, and most importantly, lasting friendships. Read More…