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.
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.
Youth Ambassadors appear in the media and assist with fundraising and awareness raising campaigns.
Contact your local Chapter, Affiliated Support Group or contact TSA if you meet the requirements to be a Youth Ambassador and are interested in becoming one.
The 2014 Youth Ambassador Leadership Training Program, which will prepare you to become a YA, will take place March 18-20, 2014 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. More information and application coming soon! If you do not have a chapter or have other questions please contact the TSA Field Services office at (718) 224-2999 ext. 258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
For current Youth Ambassadors:
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.
Youth Ambassador Updates:
For more information, contact Michelle Gutmann
at 718-224-2999 x258 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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