Greater New England Chapter

Greater New England Advocacy Opportunities

JDRF Advocates help build and sustain critical support for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research funded by the Federal Government by raising awareness among Members of Congress of the financial, medical and emotional costs of the disease. Use your voice to help secure continued Federal funding for important diabetes research, inform health and regulatory policy, and improve the quality of life for those affected by T1D–until we find a cure.

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Advocates in Action Council | Application Closed
The Advocates in Action Council (AAC) is a group of young adults–business and civic professionals as well as students–who actively support the advancement of JDRF’s advocacy priority areas, spread of awareness of T1D within their communities, and inspire youth to use their voices and share their stories to help drive meaningful change, all of which is in the pursuit of ultimately finding cures for T1D. Young adults ages 18–26 who are interested in applying to become a member of JDRF’s AAC can submit an online application beginning in September 2022. The new class of AAC members will be announced in January 2023. For more info visit

Children’s Congress | Application Closed
June 26–28, 2023 | Washington, D.C.
During JDRF Children’s Congress, approximately 160 youth with T1D are invited to Washington, D.C., to meet with national decision-makers–Members of Congress and other officials–to educate them of what it’s like to live with T1D, and to explain why Federal support for research, and affordable access to a range of T1D management tools are so critical. They also spend time learning from each other, and developing leadership skills that will make them effective, empowered advocates. To learn more, visit

Youth Advocacy Leaders | Application Open
Did you know that sharing your story can help drive meaningful changes on Capitol Hill and beyond? We need dedicated JDRF Advocates–just like you–to help strengthen our efforts to create a world without T1D. As a JDRF Youth Advocacy Leader (YAL), you can lend your voice on behalf of the T1D community to help support legislation and policies that accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications! Learn more at

Here’s How It Works:

  1. Complete 4 of the 5 advocacy challenges
  2. Email your completed activity sheet to the JDRF Advocacy team at
  3. We’ll review it and send your official acceptance certificate

For questions or more information on these opportunities please contact Lauren Shields at 617-831-1128 or

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