Posted by: COE Advising | October 2, 2012

Student Organization Spotlight: Best Buddies

If you’re still looking for an organization to join on campus, have no fear! We’ve got another great organization that would love some new members, the DePaul chapter of Best Buddies. Best Buddies, an organization based on friendship, forms bonds between DePaul students and special education high school students. The DePaul chapter partners with Northside Learning Center, an all-special education Chicago Public High School. Because Best Buddies works with students in the Chicago Public School system, you will have a chance to see the special education programs function within CPS and have the chance to work with high school age students. Best Buddies is also dedicated to the education of their members and are sure to teach members about different intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Best Buddies meets once a quarter as a group to plan out social events that take place on and off the Northside Learning Center campus. The social events are also held monthly, usually on weekends.  Some past events that Best Buddies have enjoyed include a Halloween Party, bowling, Men’s basketball games and more.

Another component of the Best Buddies program is the opportunity to form a one-to-one friendship. Those members who are matched with a Northside Learning Center student are then required to meet with their buddy twice a month and communicate with them through phone, texting, or online means once a week.

Best Buddies first event will be a Meet & Greet on October 6th from 6 to 8 pm in Coretlyou Commons. Then, they will have a Matching Party on October 19th at Northside Learning Center followed by a Halloween Party on September 28th at DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, and November Movie & Game Day on November 10th at DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.

To become a member of the organization, either email, add the organization on OrgSync, or fill out an application at


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