What is Best Buddies at Communication Station?
This program pairs middle and high school students with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers. Together we are crossing the invisible line that too often separates those with disabilities from those without.
The global volunteer movement that believes in empowering our volunteers to carry out the mission and change the world through the power of friendship. Through the leadership and support of our volunteers, Best Buddies has been able to share their purpose of inclusion in every state and across the world.
Best Buddies at Communication Station is a peer run program of middle schoolers and high schoolers.Together we will have opportunities to make new friends, teach one another about disability awareness, and spread the power of inclusion.All middle schoolers and high schoolers in Orange County, NY are invited to join our chapter.
What Does it Mean to Be a Buddy?
As a Best Buddy, you are committing to create and maintain a friendship. When joining a program, you are matched with a peer from Orange County with similar interests.
All friendship pairs are expected to talk once a week and see each other twice a month. This can mean talking on the phone, sending texts, or catching up online. When you plan to see each other, plan to do something you both enjoy. This can mean hanging out with your school chapter, going to campus events together, or doing community activities, like going to the movies or out to dinner.
How can you participate?What’s the commitment?
There are various levels of membership:
1. Associate Member – participates in our events, but is not matched in friendship
2. Peer Buddy
a. Middle schooler or high school student who does not have an intellectual or physical disability (IDD) and is matched in a friendship with an individual who does have IDD
b. 1 year commitment:Must include weekly communication and 2 in person visits (as individual and in the group) with their buddy, complete monthly report about the friendship
a. Middle schooler or high school student who does have IDD and is match in a friendship with an individual who does not have IDD
b. 1 year commitment:Must include weekly communication and 2 in person visits (as individual and in the group) with their buddy
What is Best Buddies like during the COVID pandemic?
During COVID communication will primarily be texts, emails, phone calls, and virtual group events.When it is safer for us to gather in groups, we will follow Orange County Department of Health COVID guidelines and offer in person opportunities.
Are there any fees to join Best Buddies at Communication Station?
There are no fees to join! We will ask for active participation in our chapter fundraisers and the Best Buddies Friendship Walk.
How can I join?
Click here to download directions on how to join Best Buddies at Communication Station
Best Buddies Videos & Links
Introducing the Best Buddies at Communication Station Officers for 2021-2022!
Chapter President: Aliana Vanichpong-Barbosa
Secretary: Clare Heppes
Friendship Coordinator: Sean Connell
Buddy Director: Grace Leva
Vice President: Jacob Teshome
Treasurer: Allison Teshome
Events Coordinator: Nicole Riad
Advisers: Tara Connell & Holli Teshome
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorship Opportunities for our chapter are available. Please email us to sponsor one of our monthly events!