IDF Europe values the essential role youth plays in raising awareness on diabetes. Their first-hand experience of diabetes makes them powerful advocates not only to raise awareness on this condition, but also to urge stakeholders and the general public to take action on diabetes. In addition, their broad network built through social media gives them a wide reach which can support IDF Europe’s outreach.
To strenghthen its relationship with young people with diabetes, IDF Europe organizes a yearly Youth Leadership Camp with the aim of nurturing a new generation of youth advocates in diabetes and create a strong pan-European network of young leaders in diabetes.
The first IDF Europe Youth Leadership Camp was held in July 2011, and has been held every year since. This Summer, youth advocates from all over Europe will travel to Tirrenia (Italy) for a week of intense experience-sharing and peer-to-peer learning.
Now in its third year, the IDF Europe Youth Camp is a real success. During the camp, youth advocates from all over Europe learn about different types of advocacy, campaigning activities and strategic planning methods, and are also introduced to the work of IDF Europe. Combining sports activities and interactive workshops, the camp is also an opportunity for the youth advocates to find out about the differences in diabetes care and daily-life realities across Europe, share their strategies on how to cope with diabetes and learn from their day-to-day triumphs and challenges.
An inevitable result of the camp is peer-to-peer learning. Back in their countries, the young leaders are inspired and eager to get more involved in raising awareness on diabetes at national level with concrete projects, from creating their own youth group to developing a whole series of campaigning activities.
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The youth camp is not a standalone event, but rather one that is integrated in IDF Europe’s wide-ranging activities – including those specifically aimed at youth. The purpose is to nurture a new generation of youth advocates and to galvanize their support and knowledge for different advocacy initiatives.
As the network of European young leaders is expanding, IDF Europe will continue to support and facilitate exchange between the young advocates, member organizations and other stakeholders in order to develop new pan-European initiatives aimed at young people living with diabetes.