Illinois Chapter

Youth Ambassadors

JDRF Illinois Youth Ambassadors are children and teens living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), between the ages of 8 and 18, who are involved with the educational, fundraising, and community volunteer efforts of JDRF. 

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The Youth Ambassador Program teaches young people to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in their community. Youth Ambassadors will gain confidence in public speaking, demonstrate leadership skills and collaborate with T1D peers while advancing the mission of JDRF through fundraising and storytelling. Those chosen to serve as Youth Ambassadors are community representatives of JDRF supporting our vision of a world without T1D.

The core values of the Youth Ambassador Program include:

  • Education & Outreach
  • Fundraisng
  • Speaking & Storytelling
  • Volunteering

Youth Ambassador Program Requirements:

  • Must be between 8-18 years of age
  • Must have T1D and a positive outlook on life with diabetes
  • Willingness to share your personal story in front of small and large groups
  • Register as the team captain for the JDRF OneWalk
  • Create an annual peer to peer fundraiser
  • $3,000 annual fundraising requirement
  • Attend national and local Youth Ambassador Orientation
  • Volunteer at JDRF and community outreach events
  • Commit to participate for a two-year term

If you are between the ages of 8-18 and would like to represent JDRF in your community, speak and volunteer at local events, socialize with other T1D kids or teens and make a difference in the fight against T1D then the Youth Ambassador Program is for you! If you have any questions about the JDRF Youth Ambassador Program please contact Lindsey or Natalie.

Meet the 2024/2025 JDRF Illinois Youth Ambassadors!

Ria Bawani
Sivan Belkind
Jake Berger
Owen Carletti
Minah Choi
James Degen
Fernando Garcia
Colleen Graham
Jordyn Hein
Ben Heitner
Elijah Hite
Lila Hoffman
Corinna Irvin
Edgar Kelley
Frances Krickbaum
Jorja Grace Lebeter
Kaitlyn Lewis
Greg McCarthy
Sofia Mikos
Teagan Murphy
Olivia Nybo
Rauri O’Hara
Ryan O’Neill
Violet Resnick
Mikayla Rizaei
Alexa Rogiokos
Eddie Schauerte
Talia Schinasi
Sabrina Slobe

Sophia Snyder
Reed Sugarman
Lila Tellone
Alex Umansky
Caitlin Vengazo
Maya Warhaftig

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