Youth Leaders Educating others About Disabilites, or Y-LEAD, is an opportunity for youth from all over the state of Georgia to learn vital leadership skills. Training occurs once a year at Camp Inspire where those youth chosen to participate in Y-LEAD get to experience team building, leadership training, educational sessions, and participation in activities with Special Olympic athletes, staff and volunteers. Camp Inspire is geared to give Y-LEAD members the leadership development they need to take it back to their local area. It is also designed to give them the opportunity to interact with athletes all through the week and put their leadership training into immediate practice.
After camp, the Y-LEAD members partner with the Regional Manager and school systems in their local areas to promote Special Olympics participation and inclusion on all levels on and off the competition field. The Y-LEAD program is a vital component in bridging the gap between those with and without intellectual disabilities.
Below is the application to become one of our incredible YLEAD members at Camp Inspire: