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    Review each of the following nationally recognized programs' websites:

    Whatever It Takes: Athens, GA (http://www.witathens.org/)
    Harlem Children's Zone (http://www.hcz.org/)
    Girl Scouts USA (http://www.girlscouts.org/)
    Boys and Girls Clubs of America (http://www.bgca.org/Pages/index.aspx)
    Boy Scouts of America (http://www.scouting.org/)
    Communities in Schools (http://www.communitiesinschools.org/)
    YMCA (http://www.ymca.net/)
    Special Olympics (http://www.specialolympics.org/)
    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx)
    Select three from the list and identify the following using a semantic feature analysis chart:

    Their Mission/Vision Statement
    Do they provide free resources?
    How do you start a program in your community?
    Any grant or scholarship opportunities?
    Are they part of a collaborative project? If so, with whom?
    Do they have a presence in your community?

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    Organization: Special Olympics (1)

    Mission Statement: The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

    Free Resources: Special Olympics athletes with hearing impairments will be able to enjoy the roars of the cheering crowds as they compete, thanks to a two-year agreement between the Swiss Hear the World Foundation and the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program announced January 22. As part of the global partnership, the Hear the World Foundation will donate hearing aids to be distributed after free hearing screenings provided at Special Olympics events, as well as the ability for athletes to visit local hearing centers for fittings and calibrations of the ...

    Solution Summary

    Discusses the various organizations that can assist communities and youth through youth programs. Mission statements and vision statements, how to start a program in a community.