Holmdel High School students Lindsay Conlan (l.) & Erin Meyer(r.) visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame during their trip to North Carolina in July for the Special Olympics Convention. (Photo courtesy of the Special Olympics of New Jersey.)
Two Holmdel High School students will now serve on the National Youth Activation Committee with Special Olympics New Jersey, promoting social inclusion through youth leadership.
Erin Meyer and Lindsay Conlan, both active members of HHS Best Buddies and Project UNIFY,
Conlan's youngest brother is a Special Olympics Athlete, and after getting involved with Best Buddies, she brought Project UNIFY to the school, according to a news release.
Conlan met Meyer and invited her to this year's national conference, where both girls were appointed to their state and national youth committees.
The National Youth Activation Committee, which is currently in its sixth year, is comprised of young people with and without intellectual disabilities from across the country who work together to promote the core components of Project UNIFY® – Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership, and awareness and education initiatives that impact entire schools– and foster inclusive communities where all young people are agents of change. With the appointment of the newest members, the National Youth Activation Committee will include 21 active and engaged young leaders from around the country, eight of whom have intellectual disabilities.