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Best Buddies Spotlight

By Janessa Neal Brewer

This month Best Buddies will be in Bloomington, Indiana for the 20th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference. Student leaders from high schools and colleges around the country will gather on the campus of Indiana University, July 24-27, for four days of discussion and purpose. Our theme -"We are Best Buddies" - will set the course for this exciting time together as we continue working toward a future of inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.

Through seminars and break-out sessions, student leaders will have the opportunity to discuss a range of pertinent topics, including leadership, fundraising, communication and inclusion strategies. Each student will also share a room with one of their peers in the University's resident halls. It'll be an impactful time of idea-exchange, networking and goal-setting designed to provide students with tools for making a difference on their home campus.

In the tradition of past Leadership Conferences, this year's gathering will be highlighted by:

  • Conference kick-off by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, founder and CEO of Best Buddies International, Inc.
  • Musical performance and special guest speakers
  • Leadership development classes
  • Outstanding Chapters Recognized
  • Making new friends from around the world
  • Learning about people with intellectual disabilities
  • New, fun, trendy merchandise to be unveiled at LC '09!
  • For a more detailed schedule and updates click here
We wish our Student Leaders the best as they converge on Bloomington in a few short weeks. We trust this will be a Leadership Conference that spurs new, creative approaches to building and sustaining quality friendships among volunteers and individuals with intellectual disabilities around the world!

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