Inclusive Youth Leadership and Advocacy
Gives students with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be in leadership roles and promote the unified message.
Schools can create an inclusionary club or Student Council and other existing clubs can invite special education students to participate in their club or committees. Together, students can organize an inclusionary event or activity for their club/committee or the school.
Youth Activation Committee (YAC)
Special Olympics believes that through sports, young people can make a difference in friendships, schools and communities. The Unified Schools program, therefore, is youth driven. Hawai’i has a State YAC made up of students with and without intellectual disabilities who promote, support, and expand the program in the state.
The Hawai’i State YAC consists of students with and without intellectual disabilities and their advisors from the following high schools: Farrington, Roosevelt, Kaiser, Waiakea, Hilo, Kauai, and Kapa’a.
In 2016, the State YAC put on a successful Youth Summit! The Summit inspires leaders of all abilities to promote the Unified program at their schools. The next Youth Summit will be held in February 2018.