Plan – Define the System There has been a need identified for the Best Buddies program by students, parents, and staff. The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships. This will be accomplished by matching buddies with peer buddies.
Plan – Assess Current Situation This year baseline data will be collected to establish what is working in our pilot program and what will need to be adjusted for future expansion and success.
Plan – Assess Current Situation Kennedys Best Buddies program is directed by a student president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and a Best Buddies director who is representative of the special population. Currently there are 16 general education peers and 13 students with disabilities actively participating in the Kennedys Best Buddies program.
Plan – Analyze Causes Not enough opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in activities with general education peers in social settings to build mutual and meaningful one-to-one friendships.
Do – Try Out Improvement Theory Missy Berg, Best Buddies coordinator from Des Moines, visits Kennedys student government to inform students of ways to establish program. Selection of Best Buddies officers. Student representative sent to Best Buddies Leadership camp summer of 2005.
Do – Try Out Improvement Theory Student body notified of establishment of Best Buddies program through Channel One announcements and flyers. Student president of Best Buddies visits Mental Disabilities classroom to recruit potential buddies. Membership forms are collected and analyzed for compatibility with Best Buddies goals and values.
Do – Try Out Improvement Theory Student Best Buddies president and treasurer matched buddies and planned first Best Buddies social event to match peers. Best Buddies Matching party held on Wednesday, November 16 th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Best Buddies Holiday party held on Wednesday, December 21 st from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm. Fundraiser planned for February and March.
Study – Study the Results Monthly interaction logs have been turned in for November and December. A minimum of four social interactions needed to be recorded per month. Student satisfaction surveys to be completed by all participants third term to determine areas of improvement needed and the overall satisfaction of the students involved.
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