Youth Leadership

Provides young people of all abilities the opportunities to be agents of change in their classrooms, schools and communities. By developing their leadership skills help students find their voices and teach them to become change agents in their communities by promoting equity and acceptance. Social inclusion is best fostered when activities within the classroom, school, and community are designed and implemented by a diverse group of students within a school.
Conversations With My Hero
A series of video interviews between youth leaders in Africa Region and their personal heroes showcase the best of inclusion across society, from the sports field to the classroom, the work place and even the performance stage.
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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!
Screen shot of participants on virtual video conference
On 22 and 25 June 2020, over 70, adult mentors, National Directors and international Special Olympics staff gathered for the first-ever Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Online Youth Summit.
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Athletes and representatives standing together holding a sign titled Meaningful Involvement.
Strategic investments build nonprofits' capacity to integrate project management into programming and operations
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A large group of students sitting on bleachers.
Hasbro and Special Olympics Partner for Unified Schools Programming
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Large group of people in a room sitting for a group photo.
In March 2020, total of 20 Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities, along with their mentors, met in Guatemala City to participate in the first Regional Youth Leadership Summit, where they’ll share ideas on how to create a more inclusive world.
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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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A group of 13 athletes and representatives standing an kneeling in two rows outside.
Around the world, Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities are leading community-based projects for inclusion. Paola and Maria, two Special Olympics youth leaders from El Salvador, share their experiences working together to create change.
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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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