Together with Special Olympics, young people must be empowered to lead a dignity revolution to change social norms and create a lifetime of acceptance, appreciation, and inclusion for people with differences. To be successful, Special Olympics needs to engage young people in their formative years and beyond to connect them to the movement. This means activating and training Programs on the benefits and opportunities around youth activation. By drawing young peoples’ attention to the gifts of people with ID, misperceptions are broken down, negative attitudes are tackled and their tremendous potential is highlighted.
The Youth are educated to use sports and educational programmes to foster respect for people with intellectual disabilities in schools and Colleges. The programme activates young people to develop school communities which can act as agents of change, fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT AND UNIFIED SCHOOLS
Activities/ Events- 2020
Youth with and without Intellectual Disabilities along with Officials, families and volunteers from 20 States of India participated in the virtual National Youth Leadership Summit 2020 to share their ideas for an inclusive world. This diverse cohort of youth leaders represent the Special Olympics Bharat and span across all corners of India and few from outside as well. This Special Olympics Youth Leadership Summit will continue the legacy of empowering youth to become change agents of inclusion in communities around the world.
The Summit that was conducted across three days, 10, 12 and 15 October 2020, dedicated the first half to Inclusive Youth Leadership while the other half was dedicated to a focused subject namely, Mental Health, Unified Sports and Youth Engagement in Schools. The Summit was anchored by a Unified Pair on each day, encouraging them to stoke thoughts around Understanding and Practicing Leadership, Inclusion and the subjects of the day, through interactions led by reflective questions, activities and ice-breakers. Full Report
Activities/ Events- 2019
On the third of August 2019, Global Public School, Thiruvanyoor, hosted Kerala’s first ever Swimathon. Done in partnership with the Special Olympics Bharat, the Swimathon was a charity fundraiser, and as the name suggests, students swam in order to raise money. What a fun and exciting way to raise it indeed. All the money will be donated to Special Olympics Bharat to support children and adults with intellectual disabilities in sports. The school saw all its students from grades five through twelve in the pool from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm. Parents and teachers were also out there making a splash. Indeed it was a splash that made its mark in the history of GPS. An account
July 2019- PRATISHTHA 3.0
The third edition of Pratishtha came with its own character. Some known faces along with many more that added on, could be seen. The event was organized on 28 July 2019 by the Youth Activation Committee – NCR , this year headed by the Youth leaders Param Ahuja and Siddhant Nath and supported by 60 Volunteers from Tagore International School Vasant Vihar& East of Kailash , Apeejay Pitampura , Amity University UP (NOIDA) and other colleges Full Report
Pratishtha, a Community Outreach initiative, was conceptualized in July 2017 by the Special Olympics Youth leaders with the objective to go beyond the boundaries of schools and colleges to spread awareness about Special Olympics & the message of Inclusion. The event, a brainchild of Tanmay Agarwal, successfully completes three years of celebration. The baton of conducting the event passes from one Youth leader to the other, each year.
May 2019- NATIONAL YOUTH SUMMIT 2019
In partnership with ESPN, global partner in the Special Olympics movement, a 3-day National Youth Summit was held from 28-30 May at the Amity University Uttar Pradesh (Noida). Over 180 Youth leaders with and without Intellectual Disabilities from 22 States of India participated in the event.
The event aimed to catalyze inclusive youth leadership around the country by drawing attention of the front- runners in sport, education, sponsors and media while also connecting them with the Youth. Youth leaders from the states were those who had initiated their participation in the movement following the NLC2018 (August 2018) along with the youth new to Special Olympics. The program was largely led by Unified Youth pairs who were supported by a team comprising of representatives from the Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Asia Pacific, Amity University and Special Olympics Bharat.The Summit encouraged the Youth to work in Unified groups to prepare plans to be executed in their respective states.
The event concluded with a Banner presentation ceremony that witnessed felicitation of sixteen Unified Champion Schools with Distinction for their successful endeavors of expanding the ‘Inclusion Revolution’. The event also saw announcement of the first ever SO Bharat National Youth Council. Complete Report
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