#ChooseToInclude Youth Summit

#ChooseToInclude Youth Summit

Special Olympics Maine is excited to announce it will host its Unified Champion Schools #ChooseToInclude Youth Summit on Friday November 30th from 9am-2pm at The Point Community Center in South Portland and your school is invited!
The #ChooseToIncludeYouth Summit is designed for students with and without disabilities to come together to learn how Unified Champion Schools can positively change their entire school climate. This event will provide professional development opportunities to students and liaison in Unified Sport, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement as well as networking and sharing best practices with other schools across the state.
We would encourage your school to help us, help you build the future “Game Changers” in your school. We encourage you to recruit at least 1 Pair (student with and without disabilities) and a school liaison (faculty member who oversees Unified Champion schools) to attend this “Game Changing” event! We hope that you will #ChooseToInclude and join us on November 30th!
There is no cost to this event and lunch will be provided. All participating schools will also receive a free Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign kit to help promote the R-word Campaign. Special Olympics Maine is also offering funding to schools to support their Youth Summit team, which would cover allowable expenses associated with this event (ie transportation, hotel arrangements for those schools traveling from a distance etc).
Topics will include but not limited to:
  • What are schools & students up against? – bullying, isolation etc
  • Inclusive Youth Leadership – What is it and what does it look like?
  • Whole School Engagement Opportunities – Spread the Word to End the Word, Fans in the Stands & more.
  • National Recognition Schools & Standards
  • Unified Sports Demo – try out Unified Volleyball & other Unified Sports
Please keep in mind that this is a great opportunity for members of your school’s Unified Youth Council/Partners Club and/or students that are currently involved in your Unified Sports programs.
Use the registration link below to properly register your school’s Delegation to attend the #ChooseToInclude Youth Summit! Deadline to register is November 9th!
All student participants will be required to complete and submit the #ChooseToInclude Youth Summit student permission slip. All permission slips can be sent via email (lisab@somaine.org), fax (1-888-490-0672) or mailed (SOMaine – 125 John Roberts Rd #5, South Portland, ME 04106).
Schools traveling from a distance will have the option of reserving hotel accommodations (double occupancy) for Thursday November 29th at the Sable Oaks Marriot in South Portland. Any School requesting hotel accommodation will be required to have proper faculty supervision and adhere to Special Olympics Maine’s Athlete Housing Policy. Please note that there are no Summit activities planned and there is a pool at Sable Oaks Marriott.

For more information on the SOMaine’s #ChooseToInclude Youth Summit contact Lisa Bird

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