Innovators of the Week: Leila and Akanvou

The following post was written by Leili and Akanvou, two Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Cote d'Ivoire. The pair make it their mission to strengthen inclusion in their community. Check out how they #innovateforinclusion!

For our project, we made a video production made completely by athletes called"Inclusion by Acting”. The message at the heart of the video was to show how talented Special Olympics athletes can be when given the necessary support. The video project “I am able” is a first in a series of three videos that will involve athletes performing as actors to promote inclusion. The trailer of “I am able” generated hundreds of views on social media a few hours after it was posted. Based on the positive comments it received we can say our objectives for this project were reached.

My parents, my friends, and school mates were so proud that I performed so well. Some

suggested that I should consider having an acting career” Dadie, one of the actors, said to Fabrice Hampoh, the project coordinator, that he was literally “wowed” by the talents of the Special Olympics athletes and that he plans on producing a 90-minute video on his experience of inclusion inspired by this project. All of the parents were so happy to see their children doing something they never thought their children were able to do.

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

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