YA Rising Leaders Program
The Tourette Association of America is very proud of the Youth Ambassador Program since its start, and the Rising Leaders Program was developed to expand and strengthen it. Designed for ages 18-25 who have been previously trained as a Youth Ambassador, as well as motivated young adults dedicated to raising TS awareness, this program will provide an educational experience and a chance to mentor the new Youth Ambassadors being trained.
The goal of the Youth Ambassador Rising Leaders Program is to educate young adults from all over the country about Tourette Syndrome (TS) and to spread tolerance of and an increased understanding about TS. Rising Leaders join a community of civically engaged volunteers working to improve the quality of life of individuals with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders.
In addition, the program will aid youth advocates to transition into becoming an adult advocate for their community. Aimed at creating exceptional adult leaders and advocates, it will include workshops focused on education in three areas:
(1) advanced presentations and community involvement
(2) personal and professional development
(3) practical application of leadership and mentoring skills.
Rising Leaders will become empowered to effect change and spread awareness in their community.