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Purpose of Project UNIFY. Through Special Olympics, using sports as catalyst, activate youth across the country … Promote school communities of acceptance and inclusion where all young people are agents of change … Foster respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities.

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purpose of project unify
Purpose of Project UNIFY

Through Special Olympics, using sports as catalyst, activate youth across the country …

  • Promote school communities of acceptance and inclusion where all young people are agents of change …
  • Foster respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities
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What Is Project UNFIY?

www.projectunifyoregon.org

why project unify
Why Project UNIFY?

Strong and irrefutable evidence for Special Olympics sports and related programs …

Providing platforms for youth to understand and value their peers with intellectual disabilities, and

Empowering and activating youth to create opportunities for and with them in sport, friendship and advocacy.

scope of project unify
Scope of Project UNIFY
  • Youth Leadership
  • School-Community Collaborations
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Communications
  • Professional Development
  • Unifying Programming (Unified Sports® in combination with other youth programming)
  • Creating and Sustaining Relationships
continuum of engagement
Continuum of Engagement

Among youth, to become a leading cause, not just a service or activity:

  • Educate
    • Provide a climate of understanding of social justice
  • Motivate
    • Increase recruitment, engagement, and interest
  • Activate
    • Offer opportunities for action, as partners or in other leadership roles, & future leaders of Special Olympics
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Menu of OpportunitiesSports at the core / School as the unit of engagement

Athlete Leadership & Self-Advocacy

Youth Leadership

  • Communications & Engagement
    • Be a Fan – “R Word”
    • Website
    • Sports Experience
  • Inclusive Schools
    • SOGII – Essay Contests
    • Booster Clubs
    • School Enrichment
    • Global Youth Congress
    • Youth Summits

Schools

  • Traditional Sports
    • Games/Tournaments
    • Coaching
    • Volunteers
    • Fans in the Stands
  • Early Childhood Enrichment
    • Young Athletes
  • Inclusive Sports
    • Unified Sports®
    • Camp Shriver
unified sports
Unified Sports®

Students with and w/out disability on same team

Creating inclusive school climates

Sutherlin High School

soeren palumbo
Soeren Palumbo
  • Activist for individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Inspired millions with his high school speech
  • Check it out on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoqaNG0Ozqc
r word campaign
R-Word Campaign

Educating society about the dehumanizing and

hurtful effects of the R-word

Bend High School’s R-Word Rally

the pledge
The Pledge

I pledge and support the

elimination of the derogatory

use of the R-Word from

everyday speech and

promote the acceptance and

inclusion of people with

intellectual disabilities.

pledge and plunge
Pledge and Plunge
  • Educate others about the

R-Word AND raise money

and awareness for Special Olympics Oregon athletes

  • Compete with other high

schools across Oregon to

raise the most $$$

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Show and Tell

http://community.specialolympics.org/_3-word-Video-on-Special-Olympics/video/527699/82244.html

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