New Youth Leaders
Washington, DC - Special Olympics' youth-focused initiative,
Project UNIFY®, today announced the appointment of six new members
to the National Youth Activation Committee for the United States. The committee empowers young people to engage in active social change. These
candidates were selected from applicants across the United States,
and exemplify extraordinary leadership skills and passion for the
Special Olympics movement.
The new members are:
- Abigail Abel, Indiana
- Mitch Bonar, Indiana
- Christopher Clare, Montana
- Jonathan Wilson, Montana
- Alexandra Gould, Rhode Island
- Jessie Oliveira, Rhode Island
See all Youth Activation Committee members.
"Our National Youth Activation Committee members bring
exceptional talent and leadership ability to our national work -
and our new class is no exception. We are excited to welcome these
six members who will advocate for social inclusion and positive
school environments that foster acceptance and respect for all,"
said Andrea Cahn, Senior Director of Project UNIFY.
The National Youth Activation Committee, which will begin its
seventh year, is comprised of young people with and without
intellectual disabilities from across the country who work together
to promote the core components of Project UNIFY - Special Olympics
Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership, and awareness and
education initiatives that impact entire schools - and foster
inclusive communities where all young people are agents of change.
With the appointment of the newest members, the National Youth
Activation Committee will include 21 active and engaged young
leaders from around the country, eight of whom have intellectual
Currently, nearly 3,000 schools are actively participating in
Special Olympics Project UNIFY® and as many as 1.8 million young
people have been impacted by the messages of inclusion, acceptance,
dignity and respect for all people, including those with