Imagine yourself spending a year spreading diabetes awareness and advocating for people affected by the disease through public speaking engagements, events and the media. Not only that, but picture sharing diabetes stories with politicians, testifying before Congress and advancing the Association’s legislative priorities—all as a teenager. If this sounds like an incredible opportunity for you or a young person you know with diabetes, keep reading!
The American Diabetes Association is accepting applications for our 2013 National Youth Advocate until Aug. 31. The position is open to people ages 14 to 17 (as of Sept. 16) with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are passionate about our fight to Stop Diabetes®.
Throughout the year, the Advocate will keep an up-to-date blog and Facebook page with stories about his or her activities, attend diabetes conferences, travel to Diabetes Camps, participate in our Call to Congress and much more to motivate kids and adults around the country about making a difference in the battle against diabetes.
Logan Gregory, 18, of Lexington, Ky., is currently serving as our 2012 National Youth Advocate. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at two years old, Logan was already leading the way as an Ambassador for the Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® at age six.
In July, Logan attended the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference in Orlando, Fla. Here, she attended sessions and worked in the Association exhibit booth talking to attendees about Safe at School, a campaign dedicated to ensuring children with diabetes are medically safe at school that Logan is particularly passionate about. In June, she attended her local Step Out walk in Lexington and the Father of the Year Awards in Philadelphia, where she again spoke about children’s health and safety at school.
Logan also visited Camp Midicha in June, one of the Association’s diabetes camps iMichigan, where she interacted and spoke with campers n and parents in several activities. On top of all that, she has testified before the Kentucky legislature and advocated on Capitol Hill!
“No matter where you stand with diabetes, whether you have diabetes or you know someone with it, you can make a difference,” she says.
You can check out what else Logan has been up to as our Advocate on her blog.
So, do you think you have what it takes to make your voice heard for all young people with diabetes? Learn more and apply today!