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SENIA YOUTH INCLUSION CLUB ORGANIZER
This packet of tools has valuable worksheets and resources for starting and maintaining an inclusion club! These resources include:
Roles/responsibilities planner of leadership team
Activities and meeting planner
IDEAS/ EXAMPLES of INCLUSION-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES
These ideas and examples are not by no means restrictive– please feel free to adjust and apply creativity to make the initiatives your own!
Inclusion-Oriented bake sale
The baked goods sold advocates for those with exceptionalities or represents your club’s mission as a whole
Sold baked goods that were blue (the inclusion club’s color) and came with a toothpick-flag with a fact about exceptionalities or mental health
Host an exercising program for special needs kids
Partner your club members up with special needs kids and help motivate them to exercise. Activities could include running, aerobics, yoga, tag/other playground games, etc.
World Down Syndrome Day Socks Selling
Sold socks on World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st) to advocate for Down Syndrome and raise money for an exceptionalities charity
Sold colorful socks and raised over 1000 USD in profit, which was all donated to Steps With Theera, a vocational training center for adults with exceptionalities
Create an open-mic event
Open mic event where singers and speaker come up on stage to perform around the theme of exceptionalities
Open mic with singers and speakers, had short announcements about mental exceptionalities' facts between performances.
Host a movie night
Host a movie night showing a movie about exceptionalities (eg. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) with booths selling snacks and drinks (profits to special needs charity)
Play with special needs kids
Play with special needs kids, having different “themes” for activities for each session (eg. Olympics themed, ocean themed, etc.).
Weekly “Buddies” session with intensive needs kids, where we play and interact with them with a variety of activities (see case study in starter pack for more details).
Create and maintain an Instagram for your club
Create/maintain instagram page where you post facts about mental exceptionalities, stories about those with special needs, your club’s initiatives, raise attention/money etc.
Collaborate with a local charity to help maintain a self-sustaining system
Work with a charity for special needs to help create/maintain a sustainable system, such as having those with special needs make drinks
Worked with Steps With Theera and helped special needs workers make/sell drinks and advocating for their cause.
Put up posters for an inclusion day
Design and put up physical posters advocating for a world inclusion day or exceptionalities facts. Post posters online (social media, daily school email, etc)
For Autism Awareness day, we put posters explaining the event up around the school and posted announcements and posters on the daily bulletin email sent out to the school each morning.
Invite a professional to give a speech
Invite a professional (special education teacher, psychologist, activist, etc) to come give a speech at a public gathering about exceptionalities or mental health
Invited clinical therapists to talk about mental health and mental exceptionalities at wellness fairs.
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