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Special Olympics Inclusive Youth Summit
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Help South African youth with and without disabilities come together for a comprehensive youth camp promoting unity and equality while proving that no matter our differences, we can all work together for a better and more tolerant tomorrow.
JOIN THE CAUSE: Help South African youth with disabilities join their peers for a comprehensive youth camp promoting unity and equality. The 2013 Special Olympics Inclusive Youth Summit will take place in the Royal Bafokeng Nation of the North West province in September 2013. The goal of the youth summit is to bring approximately 100 youth together from around the nation, with and without disabilities, to participate in a three-day conference teaching tolerance, rendering acceptance and promoting respect of all people no matter their ability or disability.

Students will be chosen from numerous mainstream high schools as well as from various special education schools bringing together a variety of youth of different age groups, grades, backgrounds, villages, and abilities. Students who are interested in attending the summit must apply and prove their dedication to Special Olympics through attendance and participation in the after-school Special Olympics programs run in various high schools in the Phokeng area. The accepted students will be selected as the leaders from their respective schools as they will have a strong understanding of the Special Olympics philosophy and a passion for social justice. Together with their peers, with intellectual and physical disabilities, they will learn the importance of inclusion and will bring these essential lessons back to their schools, homes and communities to promote awareness of those with special needs.

The main outcome of the event is to encourage and inspire youth, with and without intellectual disabilities, to work hand-in-hand to become support systems for one another while also learning that no matter individual ability we are all humans who deserve love, respect and acceptance.

In order to make this youth summit a success and invite as many inspired and motivated youth as possible, I, the Special Olympics Youth Clubs and Initiatives Coordinator, am reaching out to you for support. If you are interested in helping make this summit possible and would like to sponsor a student leader a small donation would be greatly appreciated. This summit is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of the youth involved and your donation will make their attendance possible. I understand money can be tight for all of us (trust me I’m still living on a Peace Corps Volunteer stipend) but any amount, big or small, will help the cause. A donation of $20 is enough to make a difference and make this campaign a reality.

Regardless if you are willing to donate monetarily or through another means of assistance, thank you for taking the time to read this post and for your support during my time living and working in South Africa. Together we can bridge the gap between youth with disabilities and those without to create a culture of unity and understanding.

"I asked myself that if special people are not like me, but have the courage to prove people wrong, then why am I crying? I realized that I am the one who determines what people think about me. These special people gave me courage, self acceptance, faith and helped me mature." - Malumane Keoleboga, Special Olympics Youth Club participant, Thethe High School, North West Province.
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