3. Students without intellectual disabilities can and should increase their knowledge, skills and comfort in forming positive social relationships with students with intellectual disabilities and should come together to address societal issues.
4. Policymakers and education leaders should develop policies and support quality practices that encourage positive school climates characterized by safe and nurturing learning environments for all students.
2. Unified Youth Leadership & Advocacy: Unified Champion Schools empowers young people with and without intellectual disabilities to take leadership roles in promoting inclusion, awareness and acceptance in their schools and communities.
3. Whole School Engagement: When an entire school accepts and includes students and others with intellectual disabilities it becomes a powerful community of change. By offering all students – faculty and staff, too – opportunities to participate, Unified Champion Schools helps achieve this goal.
2. To be eligible for consideration for project funding you must be one of the three below • Student, grades 6-12 • Teacher, Pre-k, elementary school, middle school or High School • College/University undergraduate studentNote: Students and teachers are encouraged to work together in developing proposals, with the expectation that youth will lead whenever possible.
3. Schools are not eligible to apply for funding if it has received funding from Special Olympics Maine for 2 or more years unless your school is starting a new Unified Sport program (new sport offering).
2. The project must meet a need you have identified in your school, district or community
3. Partnerships with local community groups, businesses and organizations are strongly encouraged
4. Middle School & High School proposals must have a strong evidence that the proposal was developed and will be implemented by students.
5. Application will be accepted until April 1, 2019 or until funding is exhausted.
2. Budget: What expenses do you anticipate and how much will you spend on each? What is the total budget for your project? What expenses can be donated or shared?
3. Project Documentation: photos, video, written updates/journal, Facebook posts, receipts
4. Project Evaluation: Completion of National and State level surveys capturing what worked. What would you change? What improvements would you make? What challenges did you face? How did you overcome them?
5. Final Report, including receipts, unused funds and any post-project action plan, must be submitted to Special Olympics Maine no more than fifteen (15) days after the event or activities conclude.
If you have not reviewed the application information, please do so by visiting, www.somaine.org/programs/unifiedchampionschools/ and download the application materials. Continue on to complete your school's Unified Schools funding application.