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 Illinois. Applications are now open to join the Youth Ambassador program! All applications must be complete by December 6, 2021.

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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

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!

What does it take to be a Youth Ambassador?

  • Ages 8-18 years old
  • Have T1D
  • Be willing to share his/her personal story in front of small/large groups
  • Have a positive outlook on life and diabetes
  • Complete volunteer service at JDRF and community outreach events
  • Annual fundraising requirement
  • Ability to communicate with JDRF Staff
  • Obtain parental permission
  • Minimum two year term

Interested in becoming a JDRF Illinois Youth Ambassador? Apply today!

Applications are now open to join the Youth Ambassador program for 2022-23! All applications must be complete by December 6, 2021. If you have any questions about the JDRF Youth Ambassador Program please contact Lindsey or Ashley .

Meet the 2020-21 JDRF Illinois Youth Ambassadors!

Shai Argentar
Sydney Barton
Jake Berger
Klaire Bertrand
Amanda Brooks
Josie Edlefson
Mackenzie Engel
Lauren Gallagher
Eisleigh Harding
Matt Howe
Quincy Hurley
Vanessa Johnson
Caroline K.
Jessica Kohut
Katie Marchione
Safiya Menk
Emma Moore
Teagan Murphy
Olivia Nybo
Rauri O’Hara
Maddy Shalin
Jensen Stoneking
Faye Taylor
Lila Tellone
Maya Warhaftig
Preston Wright

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