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Whole School Engagement is the activities that the Unified Youth Committee within the schools conduct throughout the school year. The goal is for year-long engagement. Schools will strive to conduct at least 3 initiatives during the school year that create awareness, promote inclusion and encourage respect of all individuals. There are many options, here are two popular ones:

  • The “Spread the Word to End the Word®” Campaign
    • A grassroots effort to educate people around the world, including the entertainment industry, about hurtful language and advocate for them to stop using the “R-word” (“retard” and comparable words in different cultures). The campaign targets students through school events and social networking, inviting them to sign an online pledge, and spread the word on their campuses. To date, more than 400,000 people have taken the online pledge while millions have signed petitions, banners and taken oaths around the world to stop hurtful language and banish prejudices.
  • Fans in the Stands
    • Students organize a pep rally (or add on to an existing rally) designed to draw attention to an upcoming Interscholastic Unified Sports competition hosted by their high school.

For more information about Whole School Engagement, please contact Kelsey Foster, School & Youth Leadership Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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