Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Best Buddies in Illinois is the local affiliate of Best Buddies International and offers programs statewide from Chicagoland and throughout Central Illinois. Our programs include Middle School, High School and College Friendship Programs with 151 chapters currently impacting over 88,000 students and adults with and without IDD.
In Illinois we currently have the largest Citizens (Best Buddies Adult Friendship Program) in the country. We also proudly support the leadership development of our participants through our Ambassador Program.
Socialization opportunities for students or adults with and without IDD
Job placement to support independent living.
Educate and empower to grow people with IDD into leaders, public speakers and advocates.