Project UNIFY’s goal is to activate young people to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change — fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.
SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD! Pledge, and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities at the official R-WORD WEBSITE.
Take a Moment to Imagine
Imagine young people with and without an intellectual disability committed to making a difference in their schools and communities through Special Olympics.
Imagine young people coming together with a dedicated purpose to acquire and enhance their knowledge and lead their peers, their schools, and their communities forward.
Imagine young people leading the charge to promote effective, safe, and inclusive environments for creating and sustaining positive changes through volunteering and contributing to the improvement of their communities.
Imagine this motivated cadre of youth ready to move out into the world, activated as agents of change — fostering acceptance, respect, dignity, inclusion, and advocacy for all people throughout the world.
These images will become a reality with Project UNIFY.
Here in Georgia, Project UNIFY is evident every day in what we do. At our annual Camp Inspire, Special Olympics Georgia and Camp Twin Lakes hosted over 100 athletes and 36 youth partners ages 13-18. These youth participated in the second annual Special Olympics Georgia Youth Forum in which they learned leadership skills, worked with our athletes throughout the week, and took at least one component of Project Unify back to their schools to implement during the 2011-2012 school year. Our Regional Managers are constantly at work recruiting new schools and growing existing programs with the help of Project Unify. Our Local Coordinators (volunteers who run local programs) are starting new components such as Get Into It, Young Athletes, and Unified Sports to grow their programs. For all of their hard work, they and their schools are receiving much deserved stipends as well as funds to buy much needed equipment for the athletes.
Click the link below to view the news story out of Moultrie, Georgia and read about what they did to promote respect:
Here are some photos from various Project Unify events.