Best Buddies

York Community High School- Elmhurst, IL

What is Best Buddies?

The Best Buddies Friendship program builds one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Through your participation, people with IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy!


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From our YHS chapter members

Some of our members shared testimonials about the friendships they have made through Best Buddies! Enjoy viewing some examples of the fun events we host each month!

From our national Organization

Want to know more about how Best Buddies works? Take a look at this video. Then, head to the resources page for additional details on leadership opportunities!

More About our Chapter

  • This will be our fourth year at York!

  • We won rookie chapter of the year during the 2017-2018 school year.

  • During this past year, our chapter president (Maddy) and her buddy (Hope) won Best Buddies Illinois Buddy Pair of the year!

  • We raised over $3,380 for the 2019-2020 Friendship Walk!

2020-2021 Membership Update

  • We will hold virtual events while we are learning remotely and to follow proper social distancing guidelines. The events will be held twice a month on Tuesdays during the fall semester from 3:30-430 pm.

  • It is important to our chapter that our events make all members feel safe, welcome, and valued.

  • Current or prospective members: Please send an email to Ms. Dowling and Ms. Ausnehmer or a board member to get our Google Classroom information.

  • Attention future Dukes! If you are interested in joining next year, please answer the questions in this Google Form so we can email you information early August of 2021.

19-20 York Best Buddies Chapter

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