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Youth Leadership and Advocacy

Spread the Word to End the Word 03.31.09, is an international campaign designed and implemented by young people throughout the world to eliminate the use of the R-Word.

The following is from the Special Olympics web site.

How It Started
Created by young people with and without intellectual disabilities, Spread the Word to End the Word is one element of Special Olympics’ vision of a world where everyone matters, where everyone is accepted and, most importantly, where everyone is valued. Leading the way in promoting acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics opposes prejudice and discrimination, continuously working to dispel the negative stereotypes associated with this population — the use of the R-word being one such stereotype. In a world that has worked to eliminate pejorative racial and ethnic language such as the “N word,” among others, the R-word is gaining popularity.

Today, young people across the country are leading local efforts to raise awareness and collect pledges on www.r-word.org from peers and the community to vow not to use the R-word. Actor and activist John C. McGinley, of the hit show “Scrubs,” is helping with this effort by making national media appearances on behalf of the campaign.

In today's world with a common perception that young citizens are self-involved and ego-driven, what a wonder demonstration of the passion, compassion and commitment young people have to creating equitable, fair and transparent environments for us all.

As we consider a variety of national concerns around the economy, safety, health care and education we should look to our youth as contributors to effective solutions to our challenges. My experiences with young people (from very early ages through their mid-20's) is that they are concerned about our environment, their families and our future as a democracy; and committed to assisting to solve problems.

As adults we need to welcome youth as active participants in enhancing our democracy and identifying effective solutions to national and local challenges that impede our progress.

For policymakers I encourage you to create opportunity to engage youth in forums and seek their input into the challenges you address. For education leaders I encourage you to engage youth in advisory boards and councils to create and sustain effective education opportunities for all students. And for all Americans I encourage us all to consider youth as assets and engage them in decision-making processes.

As Spread the Word to Stop the Word 03.31.09 demonstrates youth care for others and are ready to lead effective campaigns for social justice in the local communities, states, nation and global society.

About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.

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