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How To Start A Chapter

Best Buddies pairs individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers. Our full-time program managers work with a caseload of chapters to ensure the successful implementation of a chapter and provide ongoing support through regular communication and monthly on-site visits.

Best Buddies has a systematic structure with guidelines and mandatory paperwork required for participation. We provide a number of critical resources including access to Best Buddies Online, a Best Buddies handbook, promotional flyers and posters, videos, and the use of our copyrighted name and logo. We also hold statewide and national social events and leadership trainings.

Would you like to see a Best Buddies chapter in your community?

Each Best Buddies chapter is a registered student organization within their school and is maintained by student leaders (a chapter president and team of officers) along with the support of a faculty advisor, a special education advisor designated by the school, and a Best Buddies employee (program manager). The key to successfully starting and sustaining a Best Buddies chapter lies within the support from school administration, parents and teachers, as well as the community at large.

We will not be starting any new chapters for the 2014-2015 school year.

If you are interested in seeing a Best Buddies chapter at a school in your community, please work with the school to have them complete and return (via fax, mail or email) an application so that we can have a better understanding of the need, interest, and commitment level. Download the application (PDF).


Rachel Konetzke
Deputy Director of Programs
Best Buddies Wisconsin
414.271.1470 – phone
414.271.1469 – fax

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