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Youth Activation

YOUTH ACTIVATION: Student Leadership

The 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. YAC supports programs including - Unified Sports, Spread the Word To End The Word, Make That Change, Athlete Leadership Program and State & Area Sports Competition. Youth Activation Committee members develop strategies, lead initiatives, and organize events that promote the respect, inclusion, and acceptance of all people, regardless of abilities.

Most importantly the goal is to be advocates for inclusion and HAVE FUN doing it!

CLICK HERE to read about the 2014 National Youth Summit.

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.

 Click here for the Inclusive Youth Leadership Guidebook.

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

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State Youth Activation Committee 

The State Youth Activation Committee is a committee of YAC members representing schools from across the state. Meet the State Youth Activation Committee members that stand for inclusion in their schools and for the State of Arizona.

The 2017 State Youth Activation Committee (YAC) Application is now open.

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For more information please contact:

Brittany Doud
Director of Support Programs