Best Buddies

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Basic Information

Address: 45 Bromfield St./ 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02108
Phone Number: 617-778-0522
Fax Number: 617-778-0526

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Additional Information

Focus: One to one friendships for individuals with intellectual disabilities

Best Buddies ® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment


Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,300 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the country and internationally. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States. We have accredited international programs on six continents with additional country programs under active development. Our six formal programs - Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e -Buddies® and Jobs - will positively impact more than 350,000 individuals this year. Best Buddies also is systematically implementing our 2010 initiative that will witness the organization's continued significant growth, both domestically and overseas. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute services to the community that equate to more than $70 million USD.

Program Information:

The mission of the Best Buddies Middle & High Schools Programs are to provide opportunities for middle & high school students to be matched in a one-to-one friendship with individuals who have intellectual disabilities. Social experiences and relationships are a part of life; unfortunately, individuals with intellectual disabilities have historically been excluded from many of the social opportunities that most people enjoy. By becoming a middle or high school peer buddy, you will not only befriend someone with an intellectual disability, but you will also learn about yourself in the process.

Slogan: Friends and Jobs-- the Ticket to Success!