Youth Activation Committee

Educate, empower, & Motivating our youth.

Youth are educating, empowering, activating, and motivating people to foster respect, dignity, and advocacy for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through Special Olympics and the Youth Activation Committee, youth serve as leaders by implementing programs that unify schools, transform communities, and promote acceptance and inclusion for all.

Special Olympics Kansas is looking for youth to join the movement as leaders. You will educate other youth that intellectual disabilities cross all boundaries of age, gender, religion and culture. Youth leaders help carry out Special Olympics mission and promote inclusive environments in their schools and communities.

The primary goal for the Special Olympics Kansas Youth Activation Committee is to have more student athletes and partners involved in the behind the scenes planning for our unified tournaments. We want to be able to teach them skills so that they can be better leaders in the Special Olympics community and in their local communities and school.





If you are a youth leader or mentor who would like to learn more, please contact Caitlin Pierce at or 913-236-9290.

Current YAC Committee

Blue Valley Southwest - Addison Willcott and Ivan Lucas

Olathe East - Sofia Van Noy and Mark Brimmerman

Lawrence - Jack Ritter and Treven Gill

Olathe Northwest - Raynee Fisher and Jack Fuller

Shawnee Mission South - Katelyn Colwell and Ally Steed

Bonner Springs - Hannah Duskie and Parker Gillespie

Topeka Seaman - Paige Glasgow and Taylor Sober


“Cordell and I went to the same middle school but didn’t meet and become friends until high school. We both play Unified Basketball together on the same team and both just attended the Choose to Include 5K together. We are both seniors in high school and excited about being in YAC”