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GenUin: Special Olympics Social Impact Summit By Generation Unified

As part of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Special Olympics hosted the GenUin Social Impact Summit. 120 youth leaders from 30 countries worked with 14 mentors to develop their social impact ideas, share them through project pitches, hear from inspirational leaders that will offer motivation and advice, and finally, earn project funds to realize their dreams.
Recap the incredible GenUin Summit experience. Film created by Alex K Colby, Future Films.  SEE VIDEO

Summit Opening and Training

The first two days of the Summit focused on providing youth leaders intensive training and mentorship to further develop their impact project proposals. Mentors with youth empowerment expertise led them through a full curriculum on project planning, implementation and evaluation. Furthermore, youth gained an in-depth look into the challenges facing people with intellectual disabilities, and equipped themselves with how to influence change, drive impact, and create results.

GenUin Conversations, Speaker Series

Part One of GenUin Conversations, the Speaker Series featured a line-up of iconic speakers. GenUin youth leaders were inspired and motivated by critically successful leaders who have made an impact through mobilizing young people, believing in social good, and developing important partnerships. 

GenUin Conversations Emcees:

  • Brandon Santiago, Social Imagineer, The Future Project

  • Tim Shriver, Jr., Vice President of Research, The Future Project

GenUin Conversations Speakers:

  • Richard Attias, Executive Chairman, Richard Attias & Associates and Executive Producer, Doha GOALS Forum

  • Marc S. Edenzon, Chief, Global Programs, Special Olympics International

  • George Srour, Founder and Chief Dreamer, Building Tomorrow, Inc.

  • Lucy Meyer, Official Spokesperson of the Special Olympics – U.S. Fund for UNICEF Partnership

  • Barron Segar, Senior Vice President, Development, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

  • Nitzeida Gálvez Orozco, Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger, Panama

  • Damian Lillard, Special Olympics Global Ambassador & NBA All-Star, Portland Trail Blazers

  • Laura Viscovich, Director of Communications, Corporate Mission, Essilor International

  • Tim Harris, Founder & Owner, Tim’s Place and Tim’s Big Heart

  • Michael K. Yudin, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education

  • Daina Shilts, Special Olympics & X Games Snowboarder

  • Hannah Teter, Olympic Snowboarder & Special Olympics Global Ambassador

  • Kevin Martinez, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, ESPN

  • Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Founder, The Chopra Foundationand Chopra Center for Wellbeing

  • David Wallerstein, Chief eXploration Officer, Tencent

  • Joe Preston, Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

  • Tanyaradzwa Shanitah Nzvengende, Summit Participant, Lions Club

  • Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President of Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft

  • Sarah Cronk, Founder, The Sparkle Effect 

GenUin Recap

See here for a recap of the incredible GenUin Summit experience. Film created by Alex K Colby, Future Films.

GenUin Conversations, Pitch Pit

Part Two of GenUin Conversations, the Pitch Pit featured the top five impact projects presented to a line-up of star judges. The battle is on, which judge will win the best impact project?

Hosted by:

  • Nancy O'Dell, Host of Entertainment Tonight, Producer, Author, Special Olympics Global Ambassador
  • Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Board, Special Olympics

Our featured judges included:

  • Brooklyn Decker, Actress and Special Olympics Ambassador; partnered with Kanchan Amatya and Jenish Amatya from Nepal working on a project to support a vocational training center for children and youth with autism and other disabilities, with a specific focus on care for displaced youth from Nepal earthquake.

  • Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company; partnered with Isabela Montaña and Brina Maxino from the Philippines working on a project that focuses on vision creating an interactive eye care awareness fair that bring awareness to vision health problems and lack of accessibility to care.
  • Vanessa Williams, Actress and Recording Artist, and Special Olympics International Board Member; partnered with D'Frantz Smart from Chicago working on a project to host inclusive yoga classes for elementary school students grades 3 through 6 that focuses on building acceptance at a young age.
  • Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend, Chairman and President of the Dikembe Foundation, and Special Olympics International Board Member; partnered with Farhan Arandra and Kemal Avicenna from Indonesia working on a multi-faceted sports engagement series of events that focuses on youth leadership, inclusive sport, and whole community engagement.

  • Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics Athlete and Special Olympics International Board Member; partnered with Tanzila Khan from Pakistan working on a project that focuses on family engagement and will highlight the importance of guardian support to promote lifelong advocacy.

Your Chance to Make Change

Youth leaders from across the globe came together during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Their mission is to transform communities and to create a world where everyone is accepted and respected. Help make their vision for an inclusive future a reality.  Donate today - your generosity will fuel impact projects to end the cycle of exclusion.

Doha GOALS Forum

Doha Goals is a premiere platform for world leaders, with the express intent of empowering stakeholders to create a roadmap for social improvement through sport, and launch cross-border initiatives. Part of the Doha GOALS Forum, the Student Ambassadors Program gathered 280 young leaders from across the United States. Together, Doha Student Ambassadors and Special Olympics GenUin Summit youth leaders engaged in meaningful discussions of youth empowerment.

World Games and Closing Reception

GenUin youth leaders enjoyed the heart and spirit of Special Olympics with a full day at Games Venues (USC) cheering on athletes competing in Basketball, Aquatics and Soccer (football).

The GenUin Summit concluded with a closing reception. Youth dressed in cultural outfits and shared gifts of friendship. Each delegate received their certificate of completion for the Summit, and signed their Special Olympics project contracts.

Sponsors and Supporters

Special Olympics is grateful for the Sponsors of the Summit including Amway, Doha GOALS, Kim Samuel Family Foundation, Lions Club International, Mattel, and the U.S. Department of Education. Supporters include California Resources Corporation, Essilor, JC Penney, Nickelodeon, Scholas, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, UNICEF. We also thank Microsoft, The Future Project, TOMS and VER for their in-kind support.