Best Buddies matches individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with their peers.

Application Information:

Contact bestbuddies@pbha.org to learn how to join the program.

Student Director Contact Information:

bestbuddies@pbha.org

Staff Contact Information:

Nicole Young

nicole@pbha.org

617-496-9129

Fall 2020

Status: Active

Best Buddies remains committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion in the virtual space and will continue to facilitate friendships between students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities this fall. Although our in-person events will no longer be possible, we will continue to meet as a community on Zoom and create opportunities for smaller group settings as well. In this time of physical isolation, we believe it is more important than ever before to build spaces for connection and belonging, and we will continue to do so in our chapter this year.


PBHA’s Best Buddies program is a chapter of Best Buddies, an international organization dedicated to establishing a global 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 provides the necessary tools for people with IDD to become more independent and more included in the community.

Our chapter partners with a nearby residential home in Cambridge, where adults with IDD live. Once a month, on Sundays, we have group events in which Harvard students and the buddies hang out. Students also have the opportunity to be matched with one of the residents in a one-to-one friendship. Typically, buddy pairs hang out at the house, grab food in the square, attend concerts or sporting events, or anything else related to their interests. Peer buddies are expected to participate in two activities per month. Many buddy pairs go on to be lifelong friends!