Inclusive Youth Leadership at the University of Mauritius
Carmen and Noemie are Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Mauritius who will lead a Youth Innovation Project in partnership with the University of Mauritius to spread the message of inclusion. Carmen and Noemie will work with faculty at the University of Mauritius to engage youth without intellectual disabilities through training and volunteering at Special Olympics events. By engaging youth with and without intellectual disabilities in an inclusive environment, Carmen and Noemie will empower other young people to become advocates for inclusion and respect. In October 2019, Carmen and Noemie participated in the Special Olympics Africa Regional Youth Leadership Summit in Nairobi, Kenya and learned how the importance of youth leadership and engagement can lead to a stronger Unified Generation.
Over the course of six months, Carmen and Noemie plan to train around 75 students without intellectual disabilities on how to foster an inclusive culture in their community. Once they have completed their training, students will organize and implement a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes event to address the medical needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities in their community. Through this project, a memorandum of understanding will be signed between the University of Mauritius and Special Olympics Mauritius to ensure that this inclusive work will be supported long-term. As a result of their project, Carmen and Noemie hope to inspire youth with and without intellectual disabilities to become advocates for inclusion and leaders in the Unified Generation.