IDF Europe values the essential role youth play 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.

As more and more children and young people are living with diabetes, it is vital that the voice of youth be heard and that they play an active role in our mission to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

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.


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 youth advocates 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. 


We are happy to inform you that the 7th edition of the YLC will be held on July 10th-16th in Faget- Cluj-Napoca, Romania. We thank the Federatia Romana de Diabet, Nutritie si Boli Metabolice for hosting it!

As in the past, this flagship activity of IDF Europe has attracted many excellent applications from candidates across the Region, supported by their diabetes association. The Selection Committee is hard at work! Notifications will be sent early May.

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by IDF Europe; participants are responsible to be fully insured for healthcare and travel. Candidates should have a good command of the English language (comprehension and speaking), as all sessions and activities will be conducted in English.

A sample programme is available HERE.

If you have any questions, send an email to


Banner pic 0Watch the 2016 Youth Leadership Video here!

From 11 to 17 July 2016 Agros (Cyprus) was the home to the 6th edition of the IDF Europe Youth Leadership Camp, organized in collaboration with the Cyprus Diabetes Association and with the support of Eli Lilly, FEND, Medtronic and Roche. (for more info click here)


  • Watch the 2015 Youth Leadership Video here!

From 13 to 19 July, 23 youth advocates from 23 countries across Europe met in the Netherlands for a week of experience-sharing and peer-to-peer learning.

During the camp, youth advocates learned about different types of advocacy, campaigning activities and strategic planning methods, and will also be 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, camp participants are inspired and eager to get more involved in raising awareness of diabetes at national level with concrete projects, from creating their own youth group to developing campaigning activities.


  • Watch the 2012 Youth Leadership Camp Video here!
  • Watch the 2011 Youth Leadership Camp Video here!


YLCWant to organize your own camp for people with diabetes? Diabetes Camp Resources are availble from us and our member associations that will assist you in organizing camps.

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