Inclusive Youth Leadership

Unified Champion Schools allows students with and without intellectual disabilities to take leadership roles in promoting inclusion in their schools. Youth acquire lifetime leadership lessons to help them develop strategies and organize events to build a school community where all young people are agents of change advocating for the acceptance of all students.

Forming A Unified Club Resources

Starting a Unified Club

A Unified Club is a club for students with and without intellectual disabilities that comes together for sports, games, community service, school events, and most of all, to have fun!

Youth Leadership Guide

The Youth Leadership Guide will provide both students and educators tools to enhance youth leadership in their schools and community

How to Recruit Diverse Youth Leaders

In a group striving for social justice, diversity is one of the most important qualities in our pathway towards achieving social justice.

Tips for Shared Learning Among Youth Adults

The Do's and Dont's for learning how to create inclusive environments within your school.

Types and Sources of Power

From formal power to positional power, there are different sources and levels of power that will impact your youth leaders.

Inclusive Youth Leadership Facilitator Guide

Your role as a facilitator is critical in each participant’s Inclusive Youth Leadership journey. As a facilitator, you will support youth in empowering themselves with the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to be effective and inclusive leaders of the Unified Movement.

Unified Club Activities

Inclusion Tiles Game

Create an inclusion journey by re-ordering nine tiles that make sense to you. This is a great Unified Club activity.

Get Into it Active

Get Into It® is a set of free, K-12 service learning lessons and resources designed to advance student’s civic knowledge and skill development, while promoting acceptance and understanding to motivate youth to become advocates for and together with all people.

How to Host a Youth Rally or Youth Summit

All the information you need to know to on how to host a youth rally at your school. From brainstorming, to forming a committee to advertising, this guide walks your though every step.

Planning & Hosting a Youth Leadership Experience

A Youth Leadership Experience (YLE) is a deliberately planned series of activities designed to engage Special Olympics youth leaders and develop their knowledge of inclusive youth leadership, management of Special Olympics events, and community programming.

Youth Activation Committee Toolkit

“The Youth Activation Committee is youth empowering youth to encourage the next generation to be inclusive of people with and without intellectual disabilities and not exclusive.”

- Danielle Liebl, Special Olympics Athlete

It’s Our School, Too! Play Script

It’s Our School, Too! is based on the interviews of youth throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area, in addition to Special Olympics Youth Activation Committee members who live across the U.S.

Special Olympics Coloring Book

Robert Jones, a Special Olympics athlete, shares his artistic talents in this fantastic coloring book. This coloring book will take you on a journey through the last 50 years of the Special Olympics movement.

Additional Resources

Special Olympics and National Student Council Resources

Connecting Global Citizen projects with Special Olympics opportunities.

Language Guide

The do's and dont's of using language and terminology when speaking to the intellectual disability community.

Generation Unified Website

Generation Unified was created with students in mind. Use this website to navigate through numerous story led resources.