Painting Inclusion across El Salvador
Led by: Diego and Manuel
Special Olympics El Salvador
The following post was written by Diego and Manuel, Special Olympics Youth Leaders from El Salvador. Diego and Manuel make it their mission to strengthen inclusion within their community. Check out how they #innovateforinclusion!
Our project focused on leadership development through artistic expression and was developed in 6 months. The artistic expression took shape as a unified mural in honor of the next Special Olympics national games going to be held.
Ourselves along with the other students/individuals with and without disabilities were able to follow 5 simple steps in order to bring inclusion to their university and community.
Here were our steps;
1. We developed the idea and requested the necessary permits and with the support of the office, we made an alliance with the municipal mayor.
2. We searched for the perfect space for the mural: This was the most difficult because of a commission from several institutions. We had to evaluate all of the spaces to ensure that the mayor’s office would give us the ok.
3. We trained our participants and had inclusive discussions with all of our athletes involved.
4. We developed our proposal and selected the logo design (that is the icon of this activity).
5. We began making the mural.
To our surprise, the whole class participated and it was not an obligation. Everyone was enthusiastic and it was incredible that everyone wanted to be part of it.
Through this, we met and strengthened friendships between colleagues and the athletes we met, as well as, strengthened our own friendship.
The Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant initiative is supported through partnerships with SNF, Hasbro Inc., the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education, Samuel Family Foundation, Lions Club International Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, PMIEF, and Kantar. Learn more about these inspiring projects at SpecialOlympicsGlobalYouthProjects.org.