The National Youth Ambassador program put on by the Tourette Syndrome Association trains and equips teenagers to speak to people of all ages — particularly their peers — about the neurological disorder. In its Spring 2013 newsletter, the TSA acknowledged a slew of Youth Ambassadors (YA) from all over the country. Click here for the spotlight writeup. Here are the other writeups:
Justin Bachman of Ohio made the keynote speech at the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio High School Retreat. One hundred students and school administrators from 8 schools attended this event at Camp Wise in Chardon. Justin also spoke before an audience of 350 5th-8th-graders and school administrators at the Gilman School in Baltimore, before 152 4th-8th-graders at the St. Anselm School in Chesterland and to 30 teachers at John Carroll University in Cleveland.
Adam Lutsky of Southern California made a presentation before 22 Boy Scouts working toward their disability badge and 13 adults. The scouts took careful notes so they could then make their own presentation to younger Cub Scouts. Adam also spoke to 130 6th-graders and 13 adults at an elementary school in Corona, 35 7th-12th-graders at the Congregation B’nai Israel Shabbat Club in Tustin and to 300 students and faculty at Eisenhower Elementary School in Corona.
Shawn O’Hare of Northern California spoke to 300 band students and parents on the football field at Amador in Pleasant. He then spoke to his high school classmates and the school’s staff on Amador TV — an audience of 2,500.
McClain Mercer of Georgia established a Tourette Awareness Club at Grovetown High School with 27 student members. They discussed fundraising to send kids with TS from Georgia to Camp Twitch and Shout.
Julia Gottlieb of Hudson Valley, N.Y., made a presentation at Fulmar Road Elementary School in Mahopac. The entire 4th-grade class (120 students) and 15 teachers attended.
An article about Andrew Rice of Indiana and his TSA YA activities appeared in the Peru Tribune.
Grant Wholey of North Carolina made a presentation to the WMCA Leaders Club in Charlotte, with more than 45 high school students attending.
Jared and Tyler Bloch of Long Island, N.Y., made a YA PowerPoint presentation to the entire 5th and 6th grades at the Willets Road School in Roslyn Heights. The audience included 300 students and 25 faculty members.
Jordan Bernstein of Palm Beach spoke to 16 social work graduate students and a professor at Florida Atlantic University. The students had many questions and Jordan stayed to answer them all.
Sarah Ethridge of New Jersey made a peer presentation to 250 6th-graders and 15 faculty members at Warren Middle School in Warren. Sarah’s presentations have been featured before on the Teens4TS blog.
Logan Gaspard of Louisiana spoke to 60 elementary and middle school students and their teachers at the 4-H Club meeting of Dutchtown Middle School in Geismer. Logan also spoke twice at the Kids Church of the Freedom Church Denham Springs Campus and once at the Kids Church of Freedom Church Frost Campus. He also manned an information booth at the Livingston Ballpark during a 5K run to raise awareness of medical conditions, including TS.
Chris Maus of Baton Rouge spoke at the South Live Oak Elementary School in Watson to 50 2nd-graders in his audience.
Annika Coleman of Arizona spoke at the Arizona Disability Fair in Sahuarita, and event attended by the general public, parents, teachers and medical professionals.
Nathaniel Ray of Florida spoke to 30 children, teachers and ministry workers at the Mosaic Church in Oakland during a Disability Awareness Meeting.
Mark Smeets of Northern California/Hawaii made a presentation to 29 2nd-graders and their teachers at the Neil Armstrong Elementary School in San Ramon, Calif.
Read more about the Youth Ambassador program at work in New Jersey as part of the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders’ education outreach and peer advocacy efforts.