Youth Ambassador Program
Information & Application

March 3 – March 5, 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 March 3 – March 5, 2019 in Arlington, VA.

The application deadline is to Friday, November 16, 2018. For more information, please contact Natalie Joseph-Pauline.

Dates: March 3 – March 5, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA

Training Details

YA Training Schedule:
Sunday, March 3, 2019—Arrival Day
YA teams will arrive & check in at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. That afternoon, there is registration and an informal (optional, but highly encouraged) Meet & Greet for both Youth Ambassadors and parents.

Monday, March 4, 2019—Youth Ambassador Training
For parents, training begins at 7:30am for the session “How to do an In-Service: Presenting to Schools”. YA Training starts at 9:00am and runs the full day (with breaks) until 5:00pm.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019—National Advocacy Day
YA teams will meet with members of Congress and their staff.

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 Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4 for the YA team (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 $350 for Youth Ambassador. Parent/guardian transportation will not be covered. Your travel will be reimbursed by the Tourette Association. Please note, travel reimbursement expenses will be capped at $350.00. 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.

Chapter / Self-Funded Teams*: Please follow-up with your Chapter to discuss the details & expenses.

  • Hotel accommodations for the night of Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4 for the YA team (additional nights at the team’s personal expense).
  • Transportation.
  • Training Fee of $450 per person, which covers training food & beverage, program materials, and National Advocacy Day bus transportation.

*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.
  • 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, travel, lodging and incidentals, 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.