Getting to Know the YLC – Part 2!

This year the YLC was excited to welcome 11 new members from across the United States onto our team. After seeing what we’ve accomplished in our first year of existence, we can’t wait to see what more we can do in the coming year with even more members!

Meet Our Newest Additions

YLC - new AND old members!

YLC – new AND old members!

Fiona Hayden – Leadership Conference

Fiona Hayden first joined Best Buddies in middle school and, in her fifth year of involvement, will be representing Guilderland High School in New York. She’s excited to serve her first year on the YLC on the Leadership Conference committee. In her free time she likes to read (Jodi Picoult, anyone?) and bake. However, she’s most passionate about the work she does with Best Buddies. In her future, she sees herself working with individuals with disabilities and further educating herself on the inclusion movement. She can’t wait to continue her service to this incredible organization!

Ellen Holbrook – Regional Chapter Support

Ellen joined Best Buddies as a freshman in high school and immediately loved it. She has been passionately involved ever since and is now in her 7th year of involvement. She is now a junior at Colorado State University studying pre-veterinary medicine. In 2012, working with friends, she started a Best Buddies chapter at her university. She loves animals (obviously), anything outdoorsy, reading and anything relating to Best Buddies.

Amanda Carroll – Friendship Walks

Amanda Carroll began her journey with Best Buddies as a freshman and has served as a peer buddy during every year of high school. After contracting a yet to be diagnosed neuromuscular condition her sophomore year that has left her wheelchair bound, her passion has only grown for the Best Buddies mission of friendship and inclusion for all. She is passionate about changing people’s minds about the nature of disability and looks forward to working with her fellow YLC members to help realize the Best Buddies mission.

Lindsey Eaton – Friendship Walks

Lindsey Eaton is a senior at Chaparral High School where she will be graduating from in 2014. She is 19 years old and has autism. Additionally, she has held many leadership roles within Best Buddies including Assistant PR Director, Buddy Director, Buddy Ambassador, Friendship Walk Mission Co-Chair and office intern for Best Buddies. She has been involved with Best Buddies at Chaparral since her freshman year of high school and is also involved with the Ambassadors and e-Buddies programs. Best Buddies is a huge part of her life and she proudly talks about it to anyone who asks her for more info about how they can get involved!

YLC members being introduced at BBLC 2013 Opening Ceremonies.

YLC members being introduced at BBLC 2013 Opening Ceremonies.

Katie Whitney – Expansion and Continuity

Katie has been involved with Best Buddies for 7 years, starting in the seventh grade and, later, becoming CP her eighth grade year! Immediately after entering high school, she continued her work with Best Buddies and, at the conclusion of freshman year, became CP and matched with her buddy, Molly! She served as CP of her high school for the next 3 years and has loved every second of her time spent with Best Buddies MA! For the next four years, she will be attending James Madison University in VA and is extremely excited to join the JMU chapter and explore the many new opportunities ahead. Best Buddies has impacted her views and outlooks on life. She will always live the mission and hopes to make Best Buddies a popular household name!

Andre Williams – Communications

Andre is in his 7th year of Best Buddies involvement and says, “I’m truly one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!” He is a 21 year old Buddy Ambassador from Massachusetts who loves hanging out with friends and always likes making new ones, as well. He’s a hardcore Boston sports fan and loves to live life to the fullest!

Julie Estrada – Partner Organizations

Julie is a senior at Chantilly High School where she will be serving her third year with Best Buddies as CP in the fall. She says, “My chapter is like my baby, and it’s one of the most important things in my life and one of my most favorite.”  Julie can’t wait to broaden her horizons and meet new people from around the world through her involvement with the YLC!

Meeting all the new members as a group for the first time in Indiana!

Meeting all the new members as a group for the first time in Indiana!

Sophie Frank – Expansion and Continuity

Sophie has been involved with Best Buddies for the past four years through Rides, Walks and the High School program. She will be playing soccer for NYU in the fall and studying economics at the Stern Business School.

Will Macon – Education

Will represents Best Buddies Tennessee and Vanderbilt University, where he’s been involved for the past 3 years. He’s eager to learn from the different experiences and perspectives all of the YLC can bring to the table to further the Best Buddies mission.

Kaley Still – Partner Organizations

Kaley was involved with Special Olympics all throughout high school which opened her eyes to how wonderful people with disabilities are and the true value of a friend. After volunteering every summer of high school at a sleep away camp for people with disabilities, she knew that as soon as she got to college she had to join Best Buddies. Once she got to UNF, she became a college buddy and, later, became CP which she will be serving as for a second year in the fall.

Zach Curtis – Leadership Conference

Zach has had a long relationship with Best Buddies, serving as a Buddy Director at Fishers High School from his sophomore to senior year. He will soon be attending Butler University in Indiana. As a member of the Leadership Conference committee, Zach will work with BBI staff on plans for BBLC 2014.

Read about the 13 original members: over here.

Have questions for the YLC? Leave a comment or tweet us @BestBuddiesYLC!

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