2020 Virtual Unified youth Summit
A Special Olympics Kansas Unified Champion School Program
Available January 5th – Self Paced Virtual Summit
About the unified youth summit
Who: Calling all Kansas middle and high school students with and without intellectual disabilities! Join others from around the state to learn how to make your school a Unified School and get inspired to lead the inclusion revolution at your school hosted by your peers on the Youth Activation Committee!
When: This Virtual Youth Summit can be done at your leisure or you can sign up for a time slot starting January 5th for Special Olympics Kansas Staff and Youth Activation Committee members to do the Youth Summit with your class via Zoom!
RSVP: When you sign up or RSVP to participate you will receive Unified Champion School Kits for the year! Including Unified Fitness Kits, Spread the Word Inclusion Kits and Polar Plunge kits! ALSO, participating in this training completes your schools Inclusive Youth Leadership component for the year! RSVP Here!
How to get the most out of this forum:
The Virtual Youth Summit will be released January 5th and you will be able to select when you and your students participate at a time that best suits your class schedule.
What to do:
- Check your schedule and see what time your class can participate, this Summit is approximately 1 hour
- RSVP Here and pick a time to participate – If none of these times work for you, we can send you the Virtual Youth Summit to view at your own convenience. We prefer participation on these dates so SOKS Staff and the Youth Activation Committee can participate with you and answer questions for interaction!
- Make sure your students have room to sit but also get up and stand for a little bit of yoga!!
- Take a look at the activities and resources linked to on this page for additional opportunities for inclusive activities following the forum.
Q&A with Dalton Reisner of the Denver Broncos
Far more than just a professional football player for the Denver Broncos, Kansas State Alumni Dalton Risner has always had a passion for helping others and making them smile. Off the football field, Dalton has become a Special Olympics Champion Ambassador. The Special Olympics Kansas Youth Activation Committee asks Dalton questions on leadership and how it has gotten him where he is in life!
Inclusive Leadership Presentation from Kansas State Staley School of Leadership
The Kansas State Staley School of Leadership provides students with academic knowledge and hands-on learning experiences that advance their mission of “Developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world.” We will hear from 6 students from the school speaking to us about what they have learned as inclusive leaders at the next level, College!
Yoga with Zen Inclusive Yoga
Bonner Springs special education and life skills teacher Tierney Thompson has a passion for starting her student’s day with yoga and meditation to bring a positive supportive start to the students day. Tierney will lead us through a fun Yoga flow to help us re-center and continue to becoming better leaders!
additional summit resources & activities
Below are links to additional resources to help expand on the information in the Summit. All of these programs can be done at your own pace.
Bring Special Olympics to your classroom! These fun engaging activities highlight inclusion and are made for all grade levels! From here you can access all lessons, social media activities and videos via Google Drive or Dropbox.
Inclusion journeys look different for everyone and that’s ok! Everyone has unique experiences that make people who they are. As you create your inclusion journey think about the ways your journey may be different from a friend or a classmate.
Distance Learning Inclusive Youth Leadership Resources
With schools across the United States returning to learning in different ways, it is essential that there are adaptations available that help make Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® programming just as possible as before. When preparing for back to school, take a look at the below resources for tips on how schools can adapt to the “new normal” and ensure socially inclusive programming is still a priority.
The Special Olympics Kansas Unified Champion School program is supported in part by the Kansas Coaches Association.
When you sign up or RSVP to participate you will receive Unified Champion School Kits for the year! Including Unified Fitness Kits, Spread the Word Inclusion Kits and Polar Plunge kits! ALSO, participating in this training completes your schools Inclusive Youth Leadership component for the year!