A Summit of Inclusion in Nippon
Nana and Kyoka are Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Nippon (Japan) who participated in the 2019 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Youth Leadership Summit. Together, Nana and Kyoka will lead a Youth Innovation Project that will unite Youth Leaders from around Nippon. Having both been heavily involved with Special Olympics for years, Nana and Kyoka are both aware of the importance of Special Olympics activities. Thus, in order to increase advocacy for inclusion, Nana and Kyoka will organize a National Youth Summit gathering of Youth Leaders and mentors to discuss how to best promote the goal of Special Olympics through its activities and how to best promote inclusion. This deepened understanding of inclusion will be a primary step to creating a Unified Generation through leadership.
Over the course of 12 months, Nana and Kyoka will organize for the arrival of 30 Youth Leaders with or without intellectual disabilities (ID) at the summit. The event will be open to the public as well and the goal is to gather 50 students who will also be trained to become new Youth Leaders. This mixture of experienced and prospective leaders will bring in an array of backgrounds that is essential to a successful summit. By organizing a summit where diverse perspectives can collaborate towards a single goal of inclusion, Nana and Kyoka are empowering others to establish a Unified Generation where communication is encouraged.