Special Olympics Asia Pacific
Regional Youth Leadership Summit
Special Olympics Regional Youth Leadership Summits bring together Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities (ID) at the Regional level. Through workshops and training, young people are given the tools and skills necessary to be leaders of social change in their communities. The Asia Pacific Youth Leadership Summit, "Youth for Inclusion" was held in Singapore from December 1st - 4th, 2019.
Close to 100 Youth Leaders from 14 Special Olympics Programs came together to discuss commonly-faced issues of mental health and wellness, bullying and isolation, and post-school opportunities. Youth Leaders had the valuable opportunity to learn from subject experts and corporate partners who led skills-based workshops and gave project advice during consultations. Putting into action what they learned, Youth Leaders created innovative technological solutions to address the three issues in their home communities. Their projects will work to "create smart societies" that are not only tech-driven, but also inclusive and community centered.
Regional Youth Leadership Summits
"I am very glad to have witnessed the amazing spirit and passion of youth throughout the three days of Youth for Inclusion. I've learnt a lot, especially how to communicate with an involve persons with ID in the things we do. Thank you for this wonderful experience!"
- Agnes Lee, Youth For Inclusion Intern
IMPACT OF SOAP SUMMIT
95 Youth Leaders
13 Youth Leaders
Involved in Planning
14 Programs Engaged
at Youth Summit
15 Sponsors, Partners,
and VIP's Engaged
190k+ Social Media
of participants were very satisfied with their project consultations with advisors
of participants were satisfied with the team building activities
of participants felt very satisfied with their experience pitching their projects
Grace and Jack
Special Olympics New Zealand
Grace and Jack are two Youth Leaders from Special Olympics New Zealand who are leading a Youth Innovation Project focused on increasing post-school opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Their Youth Innovation Project will focus on providing travel opportunities to and from sport and social events, both geographically and socially, to decrease feelings of isolation and increase opportunities for inclusive activities. Grace and Jack have been active participants in their Special Olympics New Zealand Clubs, and with most spread across the country, they have seen others face challenges when going to events because of travel.
SOAP Summit Final Report
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