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Inclusive Youth Leadership

Inclusive Youth Leadership 

An Inclusive Youth Leader believes that people of all abilities can participate in leadership opportunities.This leader sees each peer first as a person, someone who can be part of the team if the team supports his or her leadership growth. Inclusive Youth Leaders pave the path for their fellow students, recognizing that their peers with intellectual disabilities have the potential to be phenomenal leaders, just like their peers without intellectual disabilities. Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs. Inclusive Youth Leaders pave the path for their fellow students, recognizing that their peers with intellectual disabilities have the potential to be phenomenal leaders, just like their peers without intellectual disabilities.


Unified Clubs

Unified Clubs are inclusive school-based committees which are youth-led and athlete driven. Unified Clubs focus on acceptance and inclusion through sports, social interaction, recreational opportunities, and supporting the incredible Unified Programs on campus! The goals are simple: build student character, increase acceptance, develop leadership skills, and enhance your school community!

We are excited to launch Unified Art in the 2017-2018 school year! Stay tuned for more information on how your Unified Club can get involved!

State Youth Activation Committee 

The State Youth Activation Committee (YAC) is about activating youth to promote school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Most importantly the goal is to be advocates for inclusion and HAVE FUN doing it! State YAC is a group of high school students with and without intellectual disabilities who support Unified programs including - Unified Sports, Spread the Word To End The Word, Minute That Matters, Healthy Athletes, and State & Area Sports Competitions. State YAC members develop strategies, lead initiatives, and organize events that promote the respect, inclusion, and acceptance of all people, regardless of abilities.

The State Youth Activation Committee is a committee of YAC members representing schools from across the state. We are currently seeking applications from Special Olympics Athletes, Unified Partners, and high school students (freshman, sophmore, and juniors) for the following areas:

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Special Olympics Unified Leaders (SOUL) 

The Special Olympics Unified Leaders Committee with Special Olympics Arizona is an opportunity for college students and young adult professionals to come together and help promote social inclusion at their colleges and places of business. This committee will work cohesively to establish unique ways to raise awareness locally and empower others to #PlayUnified! For more information, email Chase Wernecke at Chase@SpecialOlympicsArizona.org.

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Meet some of our Inclusive Youth Leaders!

For more information, contact:

Brittany Doud
Director of Support Programs
Direct - 602-739-0539
Brittany@SpecialOlympicsArizona.org

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