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
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!
The Youth Leadership Guide will provide both students and educators tools to enhance youth leadership in their schools and community
In a group striving for social justice, diversity is one of the most important qualities in our pathway towards achieving social justice.
The Do's and Dont's for learning how to create inclusive environments within your school.
From formal power to positional power, there are different sources and levels of power that will impact your youth leaders.
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
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
Create an inclusion journey by re-ordering nine tiles that make sense to you. This is a great Unified Club activity.
Additional Resources
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Connecting Global Citizen projects with Special Olympics opportunities.
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The do's and dont's of using language and terminology when speaking to the intellectual disability community.
Generation Unified was created with students in mind. Use this website to navigate through numerous story led resources.