Youth Ambassador Application

YA Program Information & Application

February 26 – February 27, 2021 and March 2 – 3, 2021

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Tourette Association of America’s Youth Ambassador Program! Applications for the February 2021 training are now closed.

Information for participants:

We are pleased to announce that the Youth Ambassador Training will be held virtually! After careful consideration we have made the decision to transition the Youth Ambassador Training and National Advocacy Day to a fully virtual event as the health and safety of our community is our number one priority.

The YA Training and National Advocacy Day will be held February 26 – February 27, 2021 and March 2 – 3, 2021. You will notice we have spread the program out over the course of a week to accommodate for school and work schedules and hope this will make it easier for you to attend. The time commitment is the same as previous trainings; the schedule is just distributed differently.

We look forward to offering the same training, the space to connect with other teens with TS from across the country, and the opportunity to advocate for people in the TS community.

Day 1 – Friday, February 26
Welcome and Meet & Greet
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

Day 3 – Tuesday, March 2
Advocacy Day Preparation
6:30 PM– 8:00 PM ET
Day 2 – Saturday, February 27
Youth Ambassador Training
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM ET
Day 4 – Wednesday, March 3
Advocacy Day

The application deadline is Sunday, January 10, 2021. For more information, please contact Natalie Joseph-Pauline.

YA Training Schedule:

Virtual introduction and welcome session for the new YA teams to meet each other and begin to build bonds with one another.

YA Training starts at 11:00am ET and runs the full day (with breaks) until 5:30pm ET. Adult Team Members are required to participate during the entire training.  
*Schedule may be subject to change.

This session will help prepare participants for National Advocacy Day.  Diana Felner, VP of Public Policy, will discuss what to expect on Capitol Hill and essential tips for communicating to ensure that meetings with members of congress are productive and engaging.

YA teams will meet virtually with members of Congress and their staffs. TAA Department of Public Policy will organize meetings for YA Teams and National Advocacy Day attendees.

Costs associated with the Youth Ambassador Training are listed below.

Costs for the YA Training and National Advocacy Day are covered by the Tourette Association.

Please follow-up with your Chapter to discuss the details & expenses.

  • Training fee of $200 per person ($400 per team), which covers program costs and materials.

*Please note that spaces are limited.

Questions?  Please contact Natalie Joseph-Pauline at (718) 224-2999 x227 or

  • For Youth Ambassador Applicant:

  • Application must be completed by the Youth Ambassador applicant. Once you have completed the application, please make sure both you and your Parent/ Guardian sign.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Please note: If you are chosen to become a YA, this will be displayed publicly.
  • My Story

    Tell us your story and what you want people to know about you. What would you want the outside world to know about Tourette Syndrome? Please be sure to mention the following points:

    • - Your experiences with TS
    • - Do you remember how you and your family first felt when you received your Tourette Syndrome diagnosis? Can you tell us about that experience? If you do not have TS, tell us about how it felt learning that someone close to you was diagnosed with TS.
    • - What is one word you could use to sum up your experience with Tourette Syndrome? Please explain why you chose that certain word.
    • - Describe a time you overcame a problem or difficult time, as it relates to TS, and what helped you overcome it.
    • - How have you advocated for Tourette Syndrome in your local community. Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to advocate yet, how do you hope the YA program will help you to do so in the future?
    • - What do you hope more people will learn about Tourette Syndrome within the next 5-10 years?
    • - Who or what has been your biggest support when it comes to managing your Tourette Syndrome?
    Please note: If you are chosen to be a YA your story will be displayed publicly.
  • For Parent/Guardian:

  • I have read the “Youth Ambassador Requirements” and am aware that my child is applying to be trained as a Tourette Association Youth Ambassador.
  • If this application is accepted for attending the Youth Ambassador Training as an Additional Team rather than the Funded Team (please see Youth Ambassador Training Information Sheet), I understand that we will be responsible for all costs of the Training, including Training fees and other program costs and materials.
  • Media Participation Release
    I hereby irrevocably grant to the Tourette Association of America and to its employees, agents, and assigns, the right to photograph and/or video record and use pictures, silhouettes, videos and other reproductions of me and/or my children’s physical likeness (including potentially televised both locally and nationally) for educational, informational, promotional, charitable and fundraising activities for the Tourette Association and its Chapters and Support Groups and inclusion on, but not limited to the Tourette Association’s website, YouTube Channel and all other social media sites. I hereby certify and represent that I have read the foregoing and fully understand the meaning and effect thereof and, intending to be legally bound, I have hereunto set my hand.
  • I have read the application in its entirety and understand the time commitment to prepare and train for the Youth Ambassador Training & Program.