Club Unify for the Young Unified Generation
Safia and Yousif are Special Olympics Youth Leaders from United Arab Emirates who participated in the 2019 Global Youth Leadership Summit. Safia and Yousif will lead a Youth Innovation Project to establish an organization called Club Unify in all government elementary schools across Abu Dhabi to support the experience of special education students and to create unity between students with and without intellectual disabilities. Since the special education students and the students without intellectual disabilities do not usually have classes together, Club Unify will allow for new friendships, social interactions and understanding that would not have been possible otherwise.
Over the course of the next year, Safia and Yousif will plan lessons, train volunteers and implement the program, which will start with more structured activities and eventually become more flexible to allow for more genuine interactions and leadership from the students. Safia and Yousif want to prepare youth for an inclusive workplace and world, and they believe the best way to do that is to start having children practice respect, kindness, and understanding at a young age. By starting Club Unify in elementary schools across Abu Dhabi, Safia and Yousif are educating the future Unified Generation and sparking change in United Arab Emirates and beyond.