Gates Best Buddies

Gates Best Buddies 2019-20

Informational Kick-off Meeting at ALL Lunches:  October 4 and 7 


PARENT REGISTRATION  for Students BEGINS October 8, 6:00pm    

Maximum Registrations = 100  

Purpose of Program:

Gates Best Buddies enhances a caring and compassionate school community that practices inclusion, involvement, peer assistance and acceptance of differences.  Interested students will apply for the program below through an online parent registration and student motivation form.  Members will attend training programs and in-school activities throughout the year plus additional field trips and activities after school. Trainings provide members with sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to serve as peer supports for students with disabilities, while all students get to enjoy activities and field trips in an inclusive, accepting and relaxed social atmosphere.    


The selected mentors will play an important role in the student community at Gates. The peer mentor can facilitate by providing social connections, easing anxieties and role modeling a culture of inclusion and support. With this responsibility and beneficial impact comes an important commitment of time and dedication. Selected peer mentors are expected to commit to the training sessions as well as the planned activities.  


We will meet for scheduled MONDAY lunches and THURSDAY after-school activities at 2:45pm with end time based on event), with the opportunity to participate in additional activities with dates TBD.


Goals of Program:

  • To enhance the participation of all students as peer mentors, friends and/or good citizens

  • To promote and build self-confidence and self-esteem

  • To broaden the range of experiences for students to interact

  • To provide students the opportunity to interact and develop relationships with school community peers


Characteristics of a Good Peer Mentor:

  • Patient

  • Enthusiastic

  • Flexible

  • Caring

  • Responsible

  • Consistent

  • Open-mindedness and an attitude of acceptance and tolerance of individual differences

  • Able to commit to all trainings and selected activities


ATTENDANCE POLICY:  Students are expected to commit to ALL lunch and after-school activities.  If there are 2 unexcused absences, the student will be replaced by another applicant.  


Peer Mentor Role Description:

  • Learn mentoring concepts, social thinking and interactive techniques

  • Foster an environment of patience, tolerance and encouragement

  • Promote tolerance and understanding among grade-level peers

  • Assist teachers and aides during activities

  • Model expected behaviors for students

  • Become a friend and enjoy activities with others

  • Assist student(s) with tasks


Application Process - 


  • Step 2:  STUDENT must submit a handwritten student motivation form (see link below) explaining why he/she wants to be a part of Best Buddies.  If a child is on an IEP or has difficulty writing, he/she can talk to the program instructors:  Heidi Branca, Meredith Hilditch, Nancy Driscoll or Rick English.  These forms are also available in the Gates Main Office and should be returned there.  Deadline for student form to be submitted is October 15.  

    Applicant decision process is administered by Gates Staff Advisors.  Any questions can be directed to Heidi Branca, Nancy Driscoll, Rick English or Meredith Hilditch.





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