July 26, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Germany

Youth is the Future

By Bettina Lehmann

Hi, my name is Bettina Lehmann. I am on the Youth Advisory team with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia. I am happy and excited to be in this position. Young people are the future of today. I think if we want to change our community to a community of involvement and inclusion we have to work with the young people. When we get more schools involved in Project UNIFY and start also other events at school the students can see how much fun each Special Olympics event is. Through showing the youth what you can do and how you can get involved, they hopefully get motivated to get a part of the movement of change. My aim in the position of Youth Advisor is first to get more young people involved in Special Olympics. Second, I want to show adults that you have to work together with young people to make a really big change in the community.

About Bettina Lehmann: My name is Bettina Lehmann, I am 19 years old and live in the south of Germany. I study Media and Communication at the University of Augsburg. I have been involved in Special Olympics sice 2009. Together with athlete Dennis I am also in the Youth Advisory Committee of SOEE. We have been on the youth leadership team for more than two years now and participated in two Global Youth Activation Summits in Athens 2011 and South Korea 2013.
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