Using Dance to Address Bullying and Isolation in the Philippines

Using Dance to Address Bullying and Isolation in the Philippines

Kamille and Hannah are Special Olympics Youth Leaders from the Philippines who participated in the 2019 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Youth Leadership Summit. Together, Kamille and Hannah will lead a Youth Innovation Project using art to reduce bullying and isolation among youth with intellectual disabilities (ID). Kamille and Hannah will make inclusive dance fitness videos and showcase the artwork of young people. These videos and pieces of art will be distributed widely via an app the two plan to develop. Kamille and Hannah hope to promote acceptance, friendship, and respect for youth with and without ID in their community through their Youth Innovation project.

Over the course of six months, Kamille and Hannah will use social media to invite youth with ID to share their experiences with bullying and isolation. These Youth Leaders will then invite individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in an art therapy session to build a collection of artwork to create a nurturing environment Youth will also be invited to participate in filming a choreographed, inclusive dance fitness video. This artwork on these dance videos will be shared by the app the pair plans to develop, allowing Kamille and Hannah to reach a broader community and engage those with and without disabilities.