Greater New York Metro Chapter

Youth Ambassador Program

FY24 Youth Ambassador Central!

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About the JDRF Youth Ambassador Program

The Youth Ambassador Program (YA) was created to develop youth leaders within the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community. Youth Ambassadors inspire others by sharing their T1D story, raise awareness for JDRF, educate the broader community about T1D, and directly impact JDRF’s mission to create a world without T1D.

The program is comprised of children and teens (ages 5-18) with T1D who share their story of life with the disease in an effort to create a deeper awareness of the JDRF mission and to help the community understand the importance of funds for a cure. This program also offers opportunities for members to develop leadership skills, build confidence in talking about T1D, connect with peers living with T1D, and much more.

What does a Youth Ambassador Do?

  • Represent JDRF at educational and community events
    • Examples: chapter programs, school events, health fairs, congressional meetings, retail give back days
  • Thank donors and volunteers
    • Examples: video messages, card writing, phone calls, awards
  • Share your T1D story to inspire others
    • Examples: social media profile, school presentation, corporate sponsor meetings, hospitals, media interviews, staffing a table at events
  • Make your best effort to attend and support chapter educational and social activities
  • Attend (in-person or virtual) research updates to stay current on the progress JDRF is making in curing, treating and preventing T1DIf you have any questions, please contact: McKenzie Dunleavy, Senior Manager, Community Engagement.

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