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Schools and Youth initiative

 Schools & Youth initiative is committed to increasing the participation of youth without intellectual disabilities in Special Olympics activities by establishing school-based Special Olympics Programs and activities, such as Special Olympics Get Into It (SO Get Into It™, a free service-learning curriculum celebrating diversity) and local, national, regional and global Youth Summits. The Special Olympics Schools & Youth initiative is committed to increasing the participation of youth without intellectual disabilities in Special Olympics activities by establishing school-based Special Olympics Programs and activities, such as Special Olympics Get Into It (SO Get Into It™, a free service-learning curriculum celebrating diversity) and local, national, regional and global Youth Summits.

The Schools & Youth initiative encompasses several related goals

  • Develop new constituencies and leaders for the Special Olympics movement
  • Promote greater understanding and acceptance of similarities and differences in others among school-age youth
  • Involve school-age youth in a variety of activities centered on Special Olympics, including participation in Special Olympics sports and events that will enable them to play a positive role in their schools and communities.

Special Olympics understands the value of involving young people in the movement. They are not just the leaders of the future, they are today’s leaders in their own schools and communities. To channel the energies of exemplary young people ages 1 to 17, Special Olympics conducts Youth Summits on a local, national, regional and global scale.

This exciting program brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities to share ideas as to how Special Olympics can better meet their needs; discuss ways of reversing stereotypical attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities; report on athletes participating in Special Olympics World Games or other competitions, transmitting those stories to their respective schools electronically; and expand on the opportunities for youth to become involved in Special Olympics upon returning to their own schools.

Everywhere Special Olympics youth outreach is active, young people of all ages are learning about themselves and how to best serve their communities. They see opportunity and hope for a more accepting world, and they begin see their role in making this world possible.

Like middle school student Tommy Oreste. Tommy learned more about what life was really about from his friend and Special Olympics athlete Adam than from his typically developing peers. And college student Stephen Roach credits his newfound confidence and self-esteem to the time he spent volunteering and learning from Special Olympics athletes in high school.

Opening Minds
Special Olympics knows that young people without intellectual disabilities are the future policymakers, educators and business leaders of this world. We are committed to opening their minds and increasing their participation in the Special Olympics movement. Through a variety of programs, we offer many ways for young people to get involved, discover their voices as leaders and help change the world for the better.

Special Olympics’ free SO Get Into It® learning curriculum for schools K-12, implemented in countries around the world, celebrates the diverse gifts of every student, whatever his or her ability, and introduces young students to community service through a group service-learning project.

Special Olympics Youth Summits pair up students with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 12 to 17, and gather them as delegates to discuss ways to improve our movement and reverse negative stereotypes and attitudes about intellectual disability. Global Youth Summits cross cultural and geographical barriers to address issues of acceptance facing young people worldwide.

And Special Olympics Unified Sports teams bring athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together on the sports fields to learn from one another in a context of teamwork and participation.

What YOU Can Do

Special Olympics is proud of its long history working with, and learning from, young people around the world. Bring a Special Olympics Program to your school, download SO Get Into It, and check out Project UNIFY or SO College. Help us change more attitudes and open more doors for people with intellectual disabilities worldwide.

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