Best Buddies is an international organization that supports the social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by creating one-to-one friendships. About twenty undergraduates belong to a chapter at Tulane University. Sophomore Elyse Monat participated in the program during her high school years in Indiana. She was glad to find a Best Buddies chapter at Tulane.
Elyse, along with the other Tulane members of the Best Buddies chapter, act as mentors to almost two dozen clients at the Magnolia School, which supports adults with developmental disabilities. Elyse has been paired with her Buddy, Pam, for two years. They’ve gotten to be good friends participating in various events, such as themed dances and bingo. Pam works at Bruff Commons Dining Room so Elyse gets to see her several times a week and sometimes the pair even get to eat lunch together!
"Being in Best Buddies is not only about helping someone else. It is recognizing that your Buddy also is there to be your friend. When I am down or sick Pam is always sure to cheer me up and in turn I return the favor to her," says Elyse. "No matter what we are there to support each other."
Elyse is majoring in environmental studies and a minor in Urban Studies. She’s studying abroad in Spain next year.
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