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Author Topic: (like) Best Buddies!!! Disability mentoring program  (Read 1880 times)

Offline Peace Corps Mongolia VAC

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(like) Best Buddies!!! Disability mentoring program
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:38:18 AM »
Best Buddies is a non profit org started in America that pairs students in high schools and universities with people who have disabilities for 1 to 1 friendships.  People with disabilities can become increasingly socialized and receive a great self esteem boost through this program.  At the same time, students volunteer (something they will be more likely to do in the future) and be a mentor!  This can give them a sense of self importance and develop them as leaders.

I am starting this program out in western Mongolia at the moment and will follow up with resources you can translate into your respective countries languages.  It's an awesome program and I enjoyed taking part in college.  People in Mongolia are becoming more aware socially and this is a big step for them, to both understand and help people who they assume too much about!

Nick Farnum
PCV Mongolia
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Offline cdillon8769

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Re: (like) Best Buddies!!! Disability mentoring program
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2014, 05:52:55 PM »
That's awesome!
Caroline
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Offline cagormley

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Re: (like) Best Buddies!!! Disability mentoring program
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2014, 12:16:44 PM »
That is so cool!!! Have you heard about other PCVs who have worked with people with disabilities as primary or secondary projects?

Offline Marion

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Re: (like) Best Buddies!!! Disability mentoring program
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2014, 12:56:41 PM »
There were PCV's in Botswana who had secondary projects dealing with people with disabilities.  One lady worked to get a wheelchair for someone.  One I know of worked with deaf kids.  There were others.  If you see a need in your community and it is something you can help with -- go for it.
Marion
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