Inclusive Youth Leadership

Bringing together Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities as they bring the vision of an inclusive world to life in their schools and communities.
A group of unified students promoting Spread the Word
Practice Inclusion: End the Use of the R-Word
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On the left text reads: IYL Training: Exploring Leadership | Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools logo. On the right: Three young adults standing in front of lockers.
This 2020-2021 school year, Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® will be hosting four Digital Summits on Inclusive Youth Leadership. To earn your ticket, read the below.
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Special Olympics Middle East/North Africa Youth, Lead to Include
International Youth Day recognizes youth engagement for global action. To celebrate, some young people who took part in the Special Olympics Middle East/North Africa Youth Leadership Summit 2020 share the impact it had on them and their vision for a more inclusive world!
Special Olympics Argentina Youth Leader shows her fruit skewers.
Special Olympics athletes are known for their athleticism, determination, and all-around inclusion. However, their skills go way beyond the fields and into places like kitchens!
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Lead to Include—Regional Youth Leadership Summits
Over the past year, more than 250 Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities gathered at 6 Regional Youth Summits to build a more inclusive world—starting in their own communities.
Cover page of the Global Youth Engagement Impact Report. Photos of youth engaging in Special Olympics around the world.
Special Olympics Global Youth Engagement seeks to create inclusion in schools and communities around the world through the empowerment of youth, families, teachers, and other supporters.
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Two young man standing side by side, the young man on the right is waving to someone off camera.
In 2019, Isak Langfors and Olle Ekman from Uppsala in Sweden had a simple dream—to ensure that young people with intellectual disabilities in their city could experience the joy of football.
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Tanner standing in a field looking off into the distance.
When Tanner first joined Special Olympics Unified Sports® at Fife High School, his perceptions of what it would be were wrong. But so were Fife’s perceptions of Tanner.
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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.
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