Current Unified School
Forms and Resources
Three Pillars of Unified Champion Schools
The three components of Unified Schools are Inclusive Youth Leadership, Unified Sports, and Whole School Engagement. All three areas are crucial to shift the culture of a school towards inclusion and once the three components are active, a school is considered a Unified Champion School.
Solutions to Common Roadblocks
LACK OF FUNDING
Special Olympics Minnesota has a School Sustainability Plan that by year three of involvement with the Unified Schools Program each school will be able to run independently and successfully on their own through a unique fundraising strategy. Check out fundraising events like The Plunge and UDM.
LACK OF ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT
Approach teachers and administration with a specific plan to implement Unified Schools initiatives. Consider inviting SOMN staff to present to them. Please be prepared to show why the Unified Schools Program is important for your school culture. Unified Schools can be implemented into any school setting.
FINDING QUALITY UNIFIED PARTNERS AND STUDENTS WHO CARE
To ensure students are serious and ready to make the commitment to Unified Schools, you may consider using an application and interview process. Special Olympics Minnesota has marketing resources available upon request for use in your school.
Ask friends at school who can’t make the time commitment, but want to be involved. Ask for parental support and work with other service groups including National Honor Society, Student Council, Best Buddies, etc., or partner with other community organizations.