Youth Leadership and Advocacy

Inclusive Youth Leadership

Inclusive Youth Leadership (IYL): Students with and without intellectual disabilities working together to lead and plan advocacy, awareness, and other Special Olympics and related inclusive activities throughout the school year.

Examples include Unified Clubs or a similar inclusive student groups.

Unified Ambassadors

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Unified Ambassadors leads Unified Champion Schools and is made up of young leaders representing middle schools, high schools and colleges statewide. The ambassadors form a group of youth comprised of members with and without intellectual disabilities from across the state.

Throughout the year, this group works together to educate, motivate, and activate youth to become agents of change in their communities and advocate for the respect, inclusion, and acceptance of all people, regardless of abilities. Unified Ambassadors use a wide variety of tools to communicate effectively, such as e-mail, conference calls, Facebook, state summits, and state rallies. The goal of the program is to reach out to other youth to help carry out social justice for all people. For more information, check out our one pager.