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TSA's Youth Ambassador Program trains teens to talk about TS. The program gives
young people with TS, their siblings, friends and classmates the preparation they
need to speak about TS before their peers at school, sports leagues, scout troops,
camps and after school programs.


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What is the Youth Ambassador Program?backtotop

Jennifer Zwilling, the program co-founder says,
“The goal of this exciting program is to educate children all over the country about TS, a widely
misunderstood disorder. We are following the motto ‘think globally, act locally’.”
Jennifer developed the program with her sister Amanda and with help from her brother Eric.

Understanding and tolerance are the program's goals.

The TSA Youth Ambassadors Program began in 2005, and has become an ever-expanding group of teens with TS (and their siblings, friends and classmates) who speak about Tourette syndrome to their peers at school, sports leagues, scout troops, camps and after school programs. The purpose of the program is to spread tolerance of and understanding about TS. The teen and their adult parent or guardian comprise a YA Team – with the teen giving presentations and the adult helping with scheduling and other arrangements.

The Youth Ambassador Program trains teens to advocate for themselves and for others and to provide their peers and younger children with accurate information by going into classrooms, schools and clubs to teach understanding, sensitivity and tolerance of TS and its symptoms while displacing the myths and stereotypes that are often attributed to and associated with this misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorder.

pointright  Youth Ambassadors appear in the media and assist with fundraising and awareness raising campaigns.
pointright  Youth Ambassadors will find there are many personal benefits as well, such as learning to work as team members and developing increased confidence in public speaking.
pointright  Youth Ambassadors learn skills that they will use for the rest of their lives and at the same time are helping to enlighten new generations about Tourette syndrome.

Youth Ambassador Requirements

pointright  The Youth Ambassador must be between 13 and 17 years old
pointright  The Youth Ambassador may or may not have a diagnosis of TS
pointright  The Youth Ambassador must be paired with an adult who will take on the responsibility of helping with the program, schedule and outreach. These are typically teen/parent teams, however the adult does not need to be a YA’s parent (could be another family member, neighbor, teacher, etc).
pointright  Youth Ambassadors must have a clear understanding of Tourette syndrome. You will be trained, however you must accept responsibility to become proficient in and comfortable with speaking about Tourette syndrome
pointright  Facility with public speaking and good written skills are required
pointright  Good interpersonal skills and patience dealing with others is a must
pointright  Must be a member of TSA! If you are not a member, it is very easy to become one. Please visit: http://www.tsa-usa.org/give/gvdon_memb.html

How to become a TSA Youth Ambassador:backtotop

TSA seeks at least one teen & parent/guardian team from each TSA chapter (or state) to attend the upcoming YA Training from March 10-12, 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

The TSA Youth Ambassador Training is a two-day comprehensive training program aimed at creating exceptional teen leaders and TS advocates. Youth Ambassadors will receive guidance on speaking in public, on how to give a concise presentation on TS and presentation logistics. The Training also includes participation in TSA's annual National Advocacy Day.

This is an excellent opportunity for interested teens to learn public speaking, build friendships with other teens involved in the program, gain leadership and advocacy skills, and represent the Tourette Syndrome community as they raise awareness through YA Program activities.

Click here to download the application. Your completed application should be submitted to your local Chapter. Applicants residing outside a chapter area can email or mail completed applications to TSA c/o Michelle Gutmann. All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, November 21, 2014.

Click here to see a listing of all TSA Chapters and their contact information.

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Youth Ambassador Resources:backtotop

Youth Ambassadors receive a Kit at the yearly YA Leadership Training Program. For more information on how to attend, please contact the TSA Field Services office at (718) 224-2999 ext. 258
or email michelle.gutmann@tsa-usa.org.

For current Youth Ambassadors:
pointright  Peer Presentation Outline

pointright  Peer Presentation Slide Show (follows above Outline) -
             - PowerPoint
             - PDF

pointright  1-Page handout for class (Print enough for all attending)

pointright  Visual Aids (Print out, set up in front of class)

pointright  Downloadable TSA videos

pointright  Youth Ambassador Training experience - click here for 3-minute video



VIDEO SHOWING JEN ZWILLING AS A TSA YOUTH AMBASSADOR TO A CLASS
TSA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Frank J. Antun Foundation for development of this video.

21 minutes

pointright  Download the Video

pointright  Download the Audio Only

Youth Ambassador Updates:backtotop

Click here to submit a Youth Ambassador Activity Report Form

Summer/Fall 2014 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Summer/Fall 2014 - National Advocacy Day and Trip to the Hill
Spring/Summer 2014 - 8 page Special Youth Ambassador Training Insert to "That Darn Tic" (pages 2-9)

Spring 2014 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Winter 2013 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Fall 2013 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Summer 2013 - 4 page Special Youth Ambassador Insert to "That Darn Tic" (pages 2-5)
Summer 2013 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Summer 2013 - Report on April 2013 YA Training and Trip to the Hill
Spring 2013 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move

Youth Ambassador Kenny Richards, 2012 Zak Hollis Youth Achievement Award winner, gets certificate of Congressional Recognition
Fall 2012 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Summer 2012 - 4 page Special Youth Ambassador Insert to "That Darn Tic" (pages 3-6)
U. S. Senator Benjamin Cardin speaks on the floor of the Senate about Tourette Syndrome and TSA's Youth Ambassador Program
on July 11, 2012 - click here to view C-Span video

Summer 2012 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move 2012 National TSA Conference Report and Presentation Slide Shows/Handouts now available on this site(Youth Ambassador,
Teen Track, more)

Spring 2012 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Winter 2011 - Youth Ambassador Graduate Program and Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Fall 2011 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Summer 2011 - 4 page Special Youth Ambassador Insert to "That Darn Tic" (pages 3-6)
Summer 2011 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
Summer2011 Update
Spring 2011

Winter 2010
Fall 2010
Summer 2010 Special Youth Ambassador Insert to "That Darn Tic"
Spring 2010
Fall 2009
Summer 2009
Spring 2009
Winter 2008


For more information, contact Michelle Gutmann
at 718-224-2999 x258 or michelle.gutmann@tsa-usa.org



You should not rely on the information posted on this Web Site as a substitute for consultations with qualified health care professionals who are familiar with individual medical conditions and needs. TSA strongly recommends that care and treatment decisions related to Tourette Syndrome and any other medical condition be made in consultation with a patient's physician or other qualified health care professionals who are familiar with the specific individual's health situation.



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