Inclusive Youth Leadership

Essential elements of an inclusive school include youth leadership and engagement.

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Inclusive youth leadership is when young people of all abilities are given opportunities to be leaders in their schools and communities. These leadership activities help students find their voices and teach them to become change agents in their communities by promoting equity and acceptance. Social inclusion is best fostered when activities within the classroom, school, and community are designed and implemented by a diverse group of students within a school.

There are many different ways to nurture youth leadership in the school setting. Ensuring that various leadership roles are inclusive to all students who have ranging skillsets, abilities, and perspectives will greatly enhance efforts to create and sustain change within the school and the community.

What is the principle of Meaningful Involvement in Inclusive Youth Leadership?

The principle of meaningful involvement provides an important foundation for students with and without intellectual disabilities to be offered leadership opportunities through Unified Champion Schools. A socially inclusive school ensures every student is given an opportunity to contribute due to the unique skills and qualities they bring to the work.