Too often individuals with intellectual disabilities are forgotten, marginalized, and disrespected, even today. In Special Olympics, athletes and their supporters open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities through year-round sport programs, empowering competitions, and inclusive awareness initiatives.
Our amazing athletes need the help of young people who want to change the world and create a more inclusive future.
In 2020-21, Special Olympics British Columbia is undertaking our second Youth Engagement Project, collaborating with young changemakers ages 16 to 29 to address the need for greater inclusion and respect for people with intellectual disabilities in communities across B.C. The SOBC Youth Engagement Project is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program.
Participant projects will address one of three themes:
- Inclusive Schools
- Physical Literacy
- Nutrition Literacy
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-Anneke Cairnie, member of the inaugural SOBC Youth Engagement Project
First SOBC Youth Engagement Project 2019-20
The inspiring members of Special Olympics BC’s first Youth Engagement Project opened hearts and minds around the province. With the support of the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program, the Youth Engagement Project leaders created and ran their own initiatives to increase inclusion in their communities throughout B.C.
Their sport and awareness events created so many positive benefits. Throughout their communities, they increased inclusion, changed attitudes about the abilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities, and gave Special Olympics BC athletes opportunities to help lead the way to a better world. They created opportunities for fellow young people to volunteer and learn, and worked with their SOBC Local Committees in their efforts to make a difference.
We are so proud to know these thoughtful, passionate, interesting young people, and so grateful for all their efforts to create inclusion and awareness of Special Olympics!
-Megan Owens, member of the inaugural SOBC Youth Engagement Project