ATHLETE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
As an integral component of Special Olympics’ dedication to empowerment and dignity, Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) initiatives encourage and support athletes in their quest to participate in decision-making roles within the organization and in their everyday lives.
Athlete Leadership Programs help athletes learn how to increase their leadership skills and create opportunities that encourage self-determination and independence in their lives.
Interested in becoming an athlete leader?
BECOME A LEADERSHIP MENTOR
- Speech mentors: Attend the Global Messenger Training and work with athletes during the process of writing and presenting speeches.
- Governance mentors: Attend committee/group meetings and assist athletes with the processes of decision making and providing meaningful feedback.
- Coach mentor: Guide the athletes through the process of becoming a certified coach including the completion of online and in-person training courses.
Expectations of the Leadership Mentor
- All mentors must register as a Class A volunteer.
- Make a two-year commitment to working with the Athlete Leader.
- Attend the athlete leadership workshops.
- Work closely with the athlete to better understand their reading, writing and speaking abilities.
- Maintain contact with program staff about progress, issues, etc.
- Be willing to represent Special Olympics along with the athlete at events, meetings, etc.