Seeking New Youth Ambassadors - Applications due Nov. 6th!
We are looking for the next leaders to be Youth Ambassadors for the Chapter!
If you are interested in being an advocate for yourself and others, or educating your peers about TS, then we would love to have you apply to be a Youth Ambassador! Click here to download your application!
All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, November 6, 2015. You can email them to Carole Bernard at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chapter will contact applicants to schedule a time to conduct phone or in-person interviews by November 5th. Those selected will be notified by Friday, December 18, 2015. New Youth Ambassadors also will represent Maryland; Washington, DC; and Virginia as delegates at the National TAA Conference, from March 8-10, 2016, and participate in YA Training!
WHAT IS THE TAA YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM?
Since its establishment in 2005, the Tourette Association Youth Ambassador Program has been an ever-expanding group of teens with TS (and their siblings, friends and classmates) who speak about Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders 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 YA Program trains teens to advocate for themselves and for others and to educate their peers with accurate information about this often misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorder. The Program aims to educate lawmakers and the public about TS, and to raise awareness about the impact of federal legislation on the health and well-being of people with TS.
The teen and their parent or guardian comprise a YA Team - with the teen giving presentations and the adult helping with scheduling and other arrangements.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A YOUTH AMBASSADOR?
- The Youth Ambassador must be between 12 and 17 years old.
- The Youth Ambassador may or may not have a diagnosis of TS.
- The Youth Ambassador must be paired with an adult who will take on the responsibility of helping with the program, presentation, 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).
- 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.
- Comfortable with speaking in public.
- Good communication skills - both verbal and written.
- Must be willing to share your personal experience/story about Tourette Syndrome with Elected Officials.
- Must be a member of the Tourette Association of America! If you are not a member, it is very easy to become one by visiting tourette.org.
“As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or honor, hurt or heal.”Haim Ginott