IHSA & Special Olympic Youth Activation Committee Meet Up

Updated: Sep 11

The IHSA SAC group met with the Special Olympic Youth Activation Committee in Bloomington to discuss our upcoming Special Olympic Youth Leadership Certificate Program. The Special Olympic Committee is composed of students who participate in the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program, which is an all ages education based program that is supported through the Federal Department of Education. There are many moving parts to Unified Champion Schools, though they all share one driving force: the goal of activating young people and giving them the tools, skills, dispositions, and opportunities to build change and to motivate their schools to have true cultures of inclusiveness.


This is our second annual joint leadership program. I am excited to work with this great group of young adults again as they are all stand out leaders who participate in unified sports. In order to plan this year’s topics we paired up and met in small groups to discuss ideas and develop a timeline for completing our presentations together.


The certificate will cover 10 topics and help prepare students to become future leaders. Students who complete all the lessons and activities will receive a certificate in the Spring. Here’s how it work:


  • 10, 45-60 Minute Lessons presented by students for students!

  • Lessons will be available for two weeks and will include an exit ticket activation.

  • All lessons are done online, any device will provide access.

  • Students must keep up with the bi-weekly lessons or they will be dropped from the program.

For information about this year’s certificate program, please visit: https://www.soill.org/ucs-leadership-certification/

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