Youth Ambassador Program
Information & Application

July 12 – July 13, 2019

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Tourette Association of America’s Youth Ambassador Program! The Training for teens 12-17 and their parent/adult guardian will take place on July 12 – July 13, 2019 in Orlando, FL.

The application deadline is to Friday, May 21, 2019. For more information, please contact Natalie Joseph-Pauline.

Dates: July 12 – July 13, 2019
Location: Double Tree by Hilton, Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, FL

Training Details

YA Training Schedule:
Friday, July 12, 2019—Arrival Day
YA teams will arrive & check in at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at SeaWorld. That afternoon, there is registration and an informal (optional, but highly encouraged) Meet & Greet for both Youth Ambassadors and parents, as well as Youth Ambassador Rising Leaders.

Saturday, July 13, 2019—Youth Ambassador Training
YA Training starts at 9:00am and runs the full day (with breaks) until 5:00pm.
*Schedule may be subject to change.

YA Training Funding:
Costs associated with the Youth Ambassador Training are listed below.

TAA Funded Teams
Costs covered by the Tourette Association:

Hotel accommodations for the night of Friday, July 12 (additional nights at the team’s personal expense).

  • Training-sponsored meals for YA team.
  • Training program materials.
  • Transportation (e.g. airfare, train ticket, mileage reimbursement, parking) up to $700 for Youth Ambassador Team (YA and Parent/Guardian). Your travel will be reimbursed by the Tourette Association. Please note, travel reimbursement expenses will be capped at $350.00 per team member. However, we recognize that there might need to be some exceptions, in which case prior approval will need to be obtained from Sonja Mason-Vidal (VP of Finance).

Funded Teams
At attendee’s own expense (Costs NOT covered by the Tourette Association):

  • Hotel charges for any nights that are part of an extended stay.

*Please note that spaces are limited.

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

  • For Youth Ambassador Applicant:

  • Please complete and sign this application, and don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign as well. Application must be completed by the Youth Ambassador applicant.
  • Please note: If you are chosen to become a YA, this will be displayed publically.
  • My Story

    Tell us your story and why you think you would be a responsible Tourette Association Youth Ambassador. What would you want the outside world to know about Tourette Syndrome? You might want to mention the following points:

    • - Tell us about your experiences with TS
    • - Do you or someone you know have a diagnosis of TS?
    • - Have you had any experiences telling people you have TS? Please explain.
    • - What experiences have you had with other people’s reactions to TS?
    • - How you see yourself as a representative for Tourette Syndrome?
    • - How do you envision the YA program having an impact in your life in 5 – 10 years?
    Please note: If you are chosen to be a YA your story will be displayed publically.
  • 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.
  • 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.