New program launches for professionals to help the community - and themselves
MILWAUKEE - Thursday was a true Breakfast of Champions.
Several Milwaukee corporations came together at the Pfister Hotel to endorse a program that helps those with disabilities.
Best Buddies, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, has long facilitated such programs for high schools and colleges.
Now they want to take it to a more professional level - integrating employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The result is Best Buddies Wisconsin Citizens.
"We see how the power of friendship can have a significant impact on many areas of an individual's life - including employability and leadership," said Theresa Nemetz, State Director of Best Buddies Wisconsin. "Numerous studies have shown that social skills are a vital factor in whether an adult with an intellectual disability is able to keep a job. Best Buddies Wisconsin's new Citizens program pairs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in friendships, peer-to-peer, so that they have the chance to learn and practice social skills."
To learn more about the program and sign up yourself, visit their website here.