The Tourette Association's Youth Ambassador Program trains teens to talk about Tourette & Tic
Disorders. The program gives young people with Tourette, 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 Tourette Association Youth Ambassador Program began in 2005, and has become an ever-expanding group of teens with Tourette & Tic Disorders (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 the Tourette Association if you meet the requirements to be a Youth Ambassador and are interested in becoming one. Click here to see a listing of all Tourette Association Chapters and their contact information.
For current Youth Ambassadors:
VIDEO SHOWING JEN ZWILLING AS A Tourette Association YOUTH AMBASSADOR TO A CLASS
The Tourette Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the Frank J. Antun Foundation for development of this video.
Youth Ambassador Updates:
Spring/Summer 2015 - Youth Ambassadors on the Move
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