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December 31, 2013 | North America: North Carolina

North Carolina Youth Selected to National Committee for Special Olympics

By Rachel Milano

Bella Smith and Monayzia Taylor received national recognition for their selection to the National Youth Committee.

The Special Olympics movement has long recognized young people’s unique ability to be agents of change through the Project UNIFY program. Schools across the United States feature exceptional youth working to foster respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities in their communities. Two such young people from North Carolina are receiving national recognition for their selection to the National Youth Activation Committee (YAC). Bella Smith and Monayzia Taylor will spend the next year working with 20 peers from across the nation to reach other youth and communicate the initiatives of Project UNIFY on a local, national and global basis. Smith and Taylor have been selected from a pool of applicants for their dedication to Project UNIFY in their home state. Both girls were involved with their statewide YAC for at least one year and in that time, they did a great deal of public speaking as they took on local and state-level leadership roles.

About Rachel Milano: Special Olympics North Carolina Communcations Mgr. I helped train Bella Smith as a Project Unify Global Messenger a couple years ago and am proud to see her accept this new role!

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