What Is Best Buddies ?

Shaiyann Palmore

Best Buddies is a program with the goal of building one-to-one friendships between people with  and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. This allows for social inclusion and a better quality of life for participants. For participants without disabilities it is an opportunity for them to gain a greater understanding of a population that is typically isolated in society. While in this program, participants will be able to take part in activities such as the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, Dance activities, Sports Tournaments and more. Charles Herbert Flowers High School is one of the local schools that have welcomed this program with open arms.
As a member of the Best Buddies program I have enjoyed interacting with my buddy in my day to day life. She is such a joy to be around. Although I am unable to see her everyday she welcomes me  with a ball of fun and laughter when ever I’m in her  presence. I help her with her classwork and talk to her about her hobbies, likes, dislikes,  food and more. Unfortunately she is a senior so her time in high school will soon come to an end  but our friendship will continue to grow.