Best Buddies International has granted Best Buddies Kenya $300 that would go towards funding Best Buddies Kenya Training project. This project is dedicated to establishing a volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies Kenya Training recognizes that people with intellectual disabilities lack the opportunity to socialize with their non-disabled peers and believes that friendship was the key to building the self-esteem essential to a happy and productive life.
The Training project will fulfill the mission of Best Buddies Kenya by organizing and rigorously overseeing volunteer-run chapters on high school campuses. These programs will create opportunities for mutually enriching one-to-one friendships between youth with and without intellectual disabilities. BBK staff will recruit, train, and guide faculty and student leaders in running successful Best Buddies chapters on their campuses. Student leaders will recruit student volunteers at partnering schools to be paired in friendships with “buddies,” youth with intellectual disabilities. A total of 30 high school students who are dedicated to helping those with intellectual disabilities throughout their lives will receive the leadership training that is scheduled for September. Each chapter has at least five officers who will assist with overseeing the matches and organizing chapter activities.
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