Special Olympics’ youth-focused initiative, Project UNIFY®, today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the National Youth Activation Committee (YAC), a group that 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.
“We are excited to welcome this slate of accomplished young people to the Project UNIFY® team. The National YAC offers youth a chance to be leaders in a national arena. They not only will advocate for social inclusion but will inspire their peers to create school environments of acceptance and welcome for people of all abilities. They are pioneers in a movement that will change the social norms for generations to come”, said Andrea Cahn, Senior Director of Project UNIFY.
The National Youth Activation Committee, which is currently in its fifth year, is comprised of young people with and without intellectual disabilities from across the country who work together to promote inclusive school communities where all young people are agents of change. With the appointment of the newest members, the National Youth Activation Committee will include 19 active and engaged young leaders from around the country, eight of whom have intellectual disabilities.
Currently, as many as 500,000 young people and 2,100 schools are participating in Special Olympics Project UNIFY® where they develop school communities that foster respect, dignity and advocacy for all people, including those with intellectual disabilities.