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
What Is Project UNFIY? www.projectunifyoregon.org
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 • 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 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
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® Students with and w/out disability on same team Creating inclusive school climates Sutherlin High School
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 Educating society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word Bend High School’s R-Word Rally
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 • 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 $$$
October 2, 2010 @ NikeYouth Activation SummitYouth GamesUnified Sports
Show and Tell http://community.specialolympics.org/_3-word-Video-on-Special-Olympics/video/527699/82244.html