Youth Leaders Educating others About Disabilities, 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 the Inspire Youth Forum 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. The Youth Forum is geared to give Y-LEAD members the leadership development they need to take 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 the Youth Forum, the Y-LEAD members partner with the Sports and Program 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 Y-LEAD members at The Inspire Youth Forum: