Global Youth Engagement

Special Olympics believes that in order to create lasting attitudinal change across the world, the focus must begin on today’s youth. As part of a concerted strategy to ensure the movement reaches as many young people as possible, in all demographic settings, Special Olympics has built model including, Unified Schools, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement.
Max Carver smiling in front of the Warren High School trophy cabinet
Desperate Housewives star Max Carver and Warren High School's Diego Salazar break down some lines from some of the biggest hit movies.
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Max interviewing Diego and Iantha in a corridor at Warren high school.
Warren High School was honored as an ESPN Top 5 Unified Champion School in February of 2019. A Special Olympics Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition has met the 10 standards of excellence in the areas of Special Olympics Unified Sports®, Inclusive Youth Leadership, Whole School Engagement, and Program Sustainability. Recently, Warren students Iantha Khan and Diego Salazar hosted actor Max Carver at Warren and explained what going to a Unified Champion School in the US is all about.
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A group of 6 young adults and Rowan and EPSN representatives stand under a Rowan University Unified Champion Schools banner in a gymnasium.
Rowan University was recognized as a top-five Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®. Rowan was the first in New Jersey and one of the original collegiate programs in the country to embrace togetherness in sports and education.
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A group of three scouts are standing at a table signing the Inclusion Pledge.
From 23 July – 26 July, Special Olympics had the opportunity to attend the 24th Annual World Scout Jamboree, hosted by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mt. Hope, West Virginia.
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Group of students and faculty standing in two rows in the gymnasium next to Unified Champion School signage.
Kenmore Middle School was recognized on April 12th, as a top-five Special Olympics Unified Champion School, becoming the first middle school to receive the honor for embracing togetherness.
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Special Olympics Great Britain athletes play Unified basketball
Hasbro has been a partner of Special Olympics and the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® program since 2016, supporting the expansion of inclusive school programming in the United States (Washington, Rhode Island, Florida, California) and globally (Canada, India, Great Britain, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia).
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Athlete student photos hanging from a banner along the balcony of a school gym next to a unified champion school banner.
Brighton High school in Brighton, Michigan was recognized on October 19th as a top-five Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® in the country. Brighton students play together in the sports of flag football, basketball, and bocce.
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Six people on a set standing around a table with food.
Los Angeles-based Unified Schools teammates, Diego Salazar and Iantha Kahn, served up some savory salads with Mara Sampo’ and Chef Massimo Denaro from Sfixio in Beverly Hills during the “Special Olympics Live” stream-a-thon.
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