Advocating for an Inclusive Community in Papua New Guinea
Pauline and Tenahlee are Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Papua New Guinea who will lead a Youth Innovation Project to bring awareness to the issues of bullying and the positive effects of inclusion regarding individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Pauline and Tenahlee hope that their project will help promote a proactive culture within their own community when it comes to addressing issues such as bullying and isolation. Pauline and Tenahlee plan to accomplish this by connecting with specific local schools in order to reach out to individuals who may have experienced bullying due to an intellectual disability. By distributing information to resources as a first step, Pauline and Tenahlee will create a space where individuals are comfortable enough to share their stories without fear of prejudice. Facebook and Instagram will be utilized to share information that will promote the growth of the Unified Generation.
Over the course of 12 months, Pauline and Tenahlee plan to spend the majority of their time on raising awareness, connecting with individuals, and sharing information. By the completion, the goal is to influence 90 others to become Youth Leaders. Towards the end of the project, a two-day camp will be held with those individuals engaged by the project. This camp will teach intervention tactics to addresses bullying, include Unified sports activities, the sharing of stories to workshop practical steps on how to improve difficult situations, and the capturing of anecdotes through social media. Pauline and Tenahlee will utilize education and advocacy to further inspire inclusive communities in Papua New Guinea.