Youth Activation Committee (YAC)

The #InclusionRevolution is here. Get Ready.

What Is Inclusive Youth Leadership?

An Inclusive Youth Leader believes that people of all abilities can participate in leadership opportunities. This leader sees each peer first as a person, someone who can be part of the team if the team supports his or her leadership growth. Inclusive Youth Leaders pave the path for their fellow students, recognizing that their peers with intellectual disabilities have the potential to be phenomenal leaders, just like their peers without intellectual disabilities. Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs. Inclusive Youth Leaders pave the path for their fellow students, recognizing that their peers with intellectual disabilities have the potential to be phenomenal leaders, just like their peers without intellectual disabilities.

Check out #TeamUtah Youth Leaders at the 2018 USA Games!

Get Involved! Become a Inclusive Youth Leader Today!

Join the State Youth Activation Committee and Start your own Inclusion Revolution!

The State Youth Activation Committee (YAC) is about activating youth to promote school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Most importantly the goal is to be advocates for inclusion and HAVE FUN doing it!

State YAC is a group of high school students with and without intellectual disabilities who support Unified programs including – Unified Sports, Spread the Word To End The Word, Minute That Matters, Healthy Athletes, and State & Area Sports Competitions. State YAC members develop strategies, lead initiatives, and organize events that promote the respect, inclusion, and acceptance of all people, regardless of abilities. The State Youth Activation Committee is a committee of YAC members representing schools from across the state.

The YOUTH ACTIVATION COMMITTEE is currently seeking applications  from Special Olympics Athletes, Unified Partners, and high school students (9th through 12th grade) for the entire state of Utah! 

The YAC is comprised of youth 9th – 12th grade – with and without intellectual disabilities across Utah.

Here’s how you get started:

  1. Review the State YAC Responsibilities
  2. Complete the 2018 – 2019 online application (applications are DUE by 5:00 PM on AUGUST 31, 2018)
  3. Get ready to be a part of the Inclusion Revolution!

For more information, please contact

YAC Youth Leader, Judy Hut at 801.467.2870 or judymhut14@gmail.com, or

Director of Community Outreach, Wendy Kelly at 801.910.7281 or kelly@sout.org