Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program that introduces children ages two to seven years old, with and without intellectual disabilities to the world of sports. We believe there is no better way to bring these young athletes into the Special Olympics family than through a program like Young Athletes — fostering inclusion in a fun and engaging setting for all.
The Youth Activation Committee (YAC) is composed of students with and without intellectual disabilities who attend quarterly sessions focusing on:
•Special Olympics Minnesota as a movement for change and inclusion
•Social justice and advocacy
•Sports as a platform for attitude change
•Inclusion of all abilities
•Local and state strategies for youth engagement and activation in Summer Camp, Young athletes and others determined by YAC.
Youth with and without intellectual disabilities not only lead in the design and facilitation of the meetings, but also help to create solutions to social justice and school climate challenges. The YAC ensures that strategies for inclusive leadership are incorporated in all meeting agendas.