The Tourette Association’s Youth Ambassador Program
The TAA Youth Ambassador Program brings together, trains and supports teens to advocate for and talk about Tourette and Tic Disorders in their community, with their elected officials and before their peers at school, sports leagues, scout troops, camps and after-school programs. They also have the opportunity to discuss Tourette and Tic Disorders in Congress during their “Trip to the Hill.”
Spread Tolerance of TS
The goal is to educate children all over the country about TS and to spread tolerance of and understanding about TS, while displacing the myths and stereotypes that are often associated with this misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorder. The teen and their adult parent or guardian comprise a Youth Ambassador (YA) Team – with the teen giving presentations and the adult helping with scheduling and other arrangements.
Develop Your Leadership Skills
Youth Ambassadors enjoy many personal benefits to their participation, such as learning to work as team members and developing increased confidence in public speaking. Youth Ambassadors learn skills they will use for the rest of their lives as they help enlighten new generations about Tourette Syndrome.
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 TS community as they raise awareness through YA Program activities.