WHAT IS THE MISSION OF SCORE A FRIEND?
The mission of SCORE A FRIEND is to promote and support youth to lead school-based Unified Clubs for students of ALL abilities; connecting schools with community providers & resources; and creating access and opportunities for Unified Friendships, Unified Sports, Unified Elective Courses, parent-to-parent connections, and the education and activation of youth leaders to build inclusion in the world.
HOW DID SCORE A FRIEND GET STARTED?
Score A Friend is a 2012 program, developed by Sarah, a 13 year-old girl in pursuit of her Girl Scout Gold Award. Sarah’s twin brother has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and beginning in middle school, experienced a lack of inclusion in school clubs and sports, as well as an overall lack of friendships. Sarah immersed herself in the “disability world”, learning about disabilities, public laws & personal rights, inclusion, community resources, and the numerous stories of children and families. Sarah quickly determined that kids with disabilities meet friends through school, sports, and clubs just like all other children and became an activist for school-based Unified Clubs, Unified Sports, and Unified Elective Courses. In 2013, Sarah and her brother were appointed to their state’s Special Olympic Youth Activation Committee. It was then that Sarah learned about Special Olympics Project UNIFY and identified with Partner Clubs as the key component to building inclusive schools and Unified Friendships – or friendships between kids with and without disabilities. Sarah established Score A Friend, Inc. as a non-profit organization. She worked within her school district and community to build Unified Clubs & Sports Programs. In 2015, Sarah designed the Score A Friend Club Model and web-based Score A Friend Program to activate & support youth leaders everywhere to build Score A Friend Clubs in all schools and advance inclusion throughout the world.
WHAT DOES SCORE A FRIEND PROVIDE?
Score a Friend WEBSITE & ONLINE STORE: Promotes global awareness & supports access to Score A Friend Club information, consultation, products, resources, and club connection & sharing.
Score A Friend INFORMATION PACKET: Provides detailed information about the mission and goals of Score A Friend Clubs, as well as Club Officer, Committee & Score A Friend Week descriptions.
Score A Friend START-UP GUIDE: Provides a “17-Step Guide” to starting a Score A Friend Club, as well as detailed Club Planning Tools and Sample Forms to support all youth leaders.
WHAT DOES A SCORE A FRIEND CLUB DO?
Score A Friend Clubs are UNIFIED CLUBS that promote & support inclusion of kids with ALL abilities in schools and communities. Club members work together during Club Meetings and Activities to: • Learn about disability topics, advocacy, & opportunities for youth leadership & activation: • Interact with students of all abilities & participate in UNIFIED FRIENDSHIPS; • Build & participate in UNIFIED SPORTS & UNIFIED ELECTIVE COURSES; • Connect & collaborate with community organizations to build & enhance inclusive school programming, as well as create opportunities for youth-led community service; • Lead whole-school & community change initiatives as advocates & activists for inclusion.
WHAT IS SCORE A FRIEND WEEK?
Annually, the first full week of March, Score A Friend Clubs are encouraged to coordinate whole-school Score A Friend Week activities. Five themed days of activities include:
- “BE INCLUSIVE!”
- “GO UNIFIED!”
- “SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD!”
- “GET CONNECTED!” &
- “SCORE A FRIEND!”
Schools may choose to participate in full week activities or choose priority topics for one or more days. The Score A Friend Website provides activity ideas, planning tools, funding sources, and support options for participating schools.