Youth Activation Committee

Youth are educating, empowering, activating, and motivating people to foster respect, dignity, and advocacy for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through Special Olympics and the Youth Activation Committee, youth serve as leaders by implementing programs that unify schools, transform communities, and promote acceptance and inclusion for all.

Special Olympics Kansas is looking for youth to join the movement as leaders. You will educate other youth that intellectual disabilities cross all boundaries of age, gender, religion and culture. Youth leaders help carry out Special Olympics mission and promote inclusive environments in their schools and communities.

The primary goal for the Special Olympics Kansas Youth Activation Committee is to have more student athletes and partners involved in the behind the scenes planning for our unified tournaments. We want to be able to teach them skills so that they can be better leaders in the Special Olympics community and in their local communities and school.

Yac Goals

  • Spread the Unified Movement across the state/New UCS Schools
  • Bring ideas to the group on how we can better our program and our community programs
  • Plan and participate in monthly activations
  • Active on Social Media
  • Learn how to work with peers of all abilities
  • Become a better youth leader towards peers of all ability levels
  • Your Personal/Group Goals

Application process:

  • Students will be chosen to serve as Unified pairs, both a Special Olympics athlete and Unified Partner, from the same school
  • Each Unified pair application must also have a mentor submit an application telling us more as to why they should be picked for the Youth Activation Committee
  • Preference will be given to pairs that have multiple years of Unified sports experience


  • Youth Activation Committee members will be expected to attend meetings
  • Each meeting will be held at the Special Olympics Kansas office in Mission or via Zoom
  • We will discuss different leadership skills and teach new ways to get people involved and be more inclusive in our schools 

If you are a youth leader or mentor who would like to learn more, please contact Taylor Obersteadt at or 913-236-9290.



Current Committee


Cordell Gilhaus and Abby Rose

“Cordell and I went to the same middle school but didn’t meet and become friends until high school. We both play Unified Basketball together on the same team and both just attended the Choose to Include 5K together. We are both seniors in high school and excited about being in YAC”

Addison Willcott and Katie Morrison

Addison is a Junior and Katie is a Senior at Blue Valley Southwest, where they both play unified basketball, soccer, and bocce. They met in Addison’s sixth grade year and Katie’s seventh grade year through playing unified together.

Daniel Schnacker and Ellie Musson

Ellie and Daniel are Seniors at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. They met in their Junior year in English class. They play basketball together and will soon play bocce and soccer!

Jack Fuller and Raynee Fisher

“We are Jack Fuller and Raynee Fisher and are Juniors! We go to Olathe Northwest and met in middle school. We have done Unified Bocce ball and Basketball together and can’t wait to continue them next year and do soccer!”

Jack Ritter and Trevel Gill

“We are Treven Gill and Jack Ritter. We are Juniors at Lawrence High School and we are really excited for Unified Basketball this year!” This is their first year in YAC.

Kalyssa Crumpton and Zaylee Bell

“Hi, we’re Kalyssa and Zaylee! This is our second year in YAC and we are super excited to be the YAC Chairwomen this year. We are seniors at Seaman High School and have been a part of Unified for over three years. We met our Freshman year in history class, and grew our friendship through Unified in Basketball and Bocce. Outside of school we like to hang out with our other best friends and go to Lawrence to get Cane’s.”