University/College Program

The Best Buddies College/University Program pairs students in post-secondary institutions with adults from the community with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

To be involved in the college/university program, people with intellectual disabilities must be receiving services from a partner community agency.

University/College Chapter Positions:

Chapter President

A university or college student responsible for the overall leadership of the chapter; tasks include the administration, delegation of responsibility and recruitment of volunteers with the goal of establishing a strong chapter. Also, the main contact for students and Best Buddies staff.

Executive Member

A student who helps the Chapter President to lead, organize and maintain a Best Buddies chapter at his/her university. An Executive Member can have a specific role within the Chapter Leadership Team, for example, Fundraising Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator or Recruitment Coordinator.


A person with an intellectual disability who is a member of a Best Buddies chapter who is paired with a student in a one-to-one friendship. Buddies call their “Peer Buddies” on the telephone once per week, and see them every two weeks. All Buddies must apply through the partner agency for a particular chapter.

Peer Buddy

A university or college student who is a member of a Best Buddies chapter and paired up with an adult/student with an intellectual disability. Peer Buddies call their “Buddies” once per week, and go out for coffee, dinner, movies, walks, etc. every two weeks.

Associate Member

A chapter member who is not paired with a Buddy. Associate Members can assist with planning activities and events, fundraising, marketing and can attend group activities.

The Host Site Coordinator

The Host Site Coordinator (HSC) is a staff member from a partner community agency who works with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The HSC serves as a resource for students who need more information about intellectual disabilities and as a contact for participants if they have concerns. They also act as a general support for the chapter’s Leadership Team.

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Our Mission

To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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