Updated: Apr 28, 2020
The following post was written by Morgan and Norraine, two Special Olympics Youth Leaders from American Samoa. The pair make it their mission to strengthen inclusion in their community. Check out how they #innovateforinclusion!
We talked about the opportunity of working together to do something fun with our Special Olympics athletes to promote leadership skills and to foster a more inclusive community. Norraine and I talked to our NHS Advisors and Special Education Resource Specialists about putting together a summit or conference that would promote athlete leaders – hence the first ever “ATHLEADERS SUMMIT” in American Somoa!!
The logistics were a little challenging, but with the help of our adult mentors we were able to figure out transportation with the Department of Education and parents. The funding we received from the Innovation Grant helped take care of our meals at the Tradewinds hotel. We wanted all our participants to feel like they were attending a “real off island conference” that served food and gave out t-shirts to its participants. We even had a Banner made that gave our summit a real professional look.
Overall, it was successful. And we look forward to making this an annual event in our local schools.
The 2018–2019 Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant initiative is supported through partnerships with Hasbro, Inc., The Samuel Family Foundation, the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Kantar Group, the Microsoft Corporation, Lane Global Youth Leadership, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Learn more about these inspiring projects at SpecialOlympicsGlobalYouthProjects.org.