In partnership with Special Olympics Michigan, Leadership Launch is designed for high school students of Unified Champion Schools. These schools have demonstrated an on-going commitment to the mission of Special Olympics, and pair students with different abilities for sporting events, leadership opportunities, and whole-school inclusion. Leadership Launch equips individuals to make social change when they return to school. With inclusion at its core, the Launch focuses on issues like bullying, cliques, and healthy friendships. Students leave with renewed confidence in their leadership potential, and build action plans that guide their vision of an ideal school climate. The event is led by CMU students, who serve as Student Guides or Student Facilitators.
This position plays a crucial role in fostering support and development for high school students. Guides are responsible for leading a small group of high school students through the conference and guiding conversation about inclusion within their group. Guides will play an integral role in fostering an environment of inclusivity and support, as well as promoting the goals and visions of both the Sarah Opperman Leadership Institute and Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools.
Facilitators are responsible for leading one breakout activity with multiple different groups of students. Facilitators will be expected to guide intentional debrief in order to deliver messages of inclusion, teamwork, and leadership to participants. Previous experience facilitating is highly recommended. Facilitators will play an integral role in fostering an environment of inclusivity and support, as well as promoting the goals and visions of both the Sarah Opperman Leadership Institute and Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools.
Through Leadership Launch, Student Guides and Facilitators will experience the following development:
- Ability to lead action-planning and vision development
- Overcoming in-group and out-group mentality
- Fostering inclusion and confidence in others
- Practice working with students of different abilities
- Articulating leadership theory and its application
Please contact the Sarah R Opperman Leadership Institute, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (989)774-LEAD (5323) with any questions.