State Youth Activation Committee

Special Olympics Montana (SOMT) believes that through sports and sports-related programs, young people can make a difference in their friendships, schools, and local communities.  Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is an initiative that brings youth with and without intellectual disabilities together to make a difference.  Following this belief, SOMT’s Unified Champion Schools program is youth driven, with a State Youth Activation Committee (YAC) made up of young people representing intermediate and secondary schools, as well as colleges, across the country.  Members of the committee work together over the course of the year to develop strategies to promote school communities where all young people are agents of change.

During their time on the committee, YAC members provide leadership to SOMT and Unified Champion Schools by participating in state-level and National events.  They provide advice and counsel on strategies designed to reach other youth, engage in and promote Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools activities in their home environments, communicate the initiatives of Special Olympics and Unified Champion Schools, network with other youth and U.S. Programs on a local, national, and global basis, and review Unified Champion Schools materials for innovation and viability.

SOMT’s State YAC members work together throughout the year to educate, motivate, and activate youth in their communities and advocate for the respect, inclusion, and acceptance of all people, regardless of abilities.  The State YAC uses a wide variety of tools to communicate effectively, such as e-mail, conference calls, social media, state summits (a.k.a. Youth Days), and state rallies.  The goal of the State YAC is to reach out to other youth to help carry out social justice for all people.

YAC Expectations

During the academic year, team members will have the following expectations:
• Attend the Kick-Off Conference
• Participate in scheduled meetings with SOMT staff-quarterly or as needed
• Serve as a Student Ambassador for Special Olympics
• Work to organize a Cool School Polar Plunge Team at your home school
• Learn, understand & promote SOMT-UCS programs
• Plan a school and/or community Respect Rally or Respect Week with Inclusive activities
• Volunteer at one area, regional, or state SOMT competition event
• Participate in at least one public speaking engagement to promote UCS Schools, Inclusive Youth
Leadership or Youth Activation Committee
• Assist with SOMT conferences, campaigns, & fundraisers
• Represent Special Olympics youth by serving on other organizations/committees
• Attend the year-end celebration in May 2021
• Have FUN! Note: Meetings/conferences may be held either virtually or in person. Modifications may be necessary as
COVID restrictions and conditions evolve over the school year.

If you have any questions please reach out to Teresa Rainforth, UCS District Coordinator at or
Direct Line: 406-315-4197

YAC registration is now open.

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Teresa Rainforth
District Coordinator