Local Leader Jeremiah Colquitt Finalist in 2022 Best Buddies Champion of the Year Award (Matteson, IL) — Few things are more magical than a true coming of age story. Jeremiah Colquitt was in District 159 and struggled through his first years in school. He was diagnosed with a disability and many in the community did not think he was going to “make it.” Jeremiah is a finalist for the 2022 Best Buddies Champion of the Year Award.
Best Buddies Champion of the Year is a competitive fundraising campaign that unites and recognizes the communities’ most active leaders of inclusion. Champion Candidates commit to raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies over an 8–12-week campaign. Champions are advocates for the Best Buddies mission and will generate countless opportunities for friendships, jobs, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Even though the odds were against him, as with many young disabled youth, he overcame them all. I Brother II Another Mentoring Group at Colin Powell, along with the continued support of his mother and grandparents, helped to turn his life around. Under the tutelage of Mr. Juan Coleman and Mr. Johnson, Jeremiah saw the benefit of being an inclusion leader.
Jeremiah is actively involved in several community initiatives. He served as Rich South High School’s class President and has served as the re-elected President of his class at DeVry University Advantage Academy for the past two years. He has been active on the campaign trails of U.S Representative Robin Kelly, Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller, State Representative Debbie Meyers-Martin, and Prairie State College Trustee Monica Gordon. Jeremiah received an invitation from Harvard University to attend their summer program because of his outstanding accomplishments.
“I am a Champion Candidate for Best Buddies!” said Jeremiah. “Please consider supporting my campaign as I raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies. As a Champion Candidate, I have committed to raising awareness and funds for this life-changing mission. I truly understand how an organization can be pivotal in one’s life and I am grateful for your support.”
Local Leader Jeremiah Colquitt Finalist in 2022 Best Buddies Champion of the Year Award