Youth Ambassador Program
Information & Application

July 13 – July 14, 2018

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Tourette Association of America’s Youth Ambassador Program! The Training for teens 12-17 and their parent/adult guardian will take place on July 13 – 14, 2018 in San Antonio, TX.

The application deadline is EXTENDED to Monday, June 4, 2018. For more information, please contact Natalie Joseph-Pauline.

Dates: July 13 – 14, 2018
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, TX

Training Details

YA Training Schedule:
Friday, July 13, 2018—Arrival Day
YA teams will arrive & check in at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel. That afternoon, there is registration and an informal (optional, but highly encouraged) Meet & Greet at The Cherrity Bar in San Antonio for both Youth Ambassadors and parents.

Saturday, July 14, 2018—Youth Ambassador Training
For parents, training begins at 7:30am for the session “How to do an In-Service: Presenting to Schools”. YA Training starts at 9:00am and runs the full day (with breaks) until 5:00pm.

YA Training Funding:
Costs associated with the Youth Ambassador Training are listed below.
TAA Funded Teams

Costs covered by the Tourette Association:

  • Hotel accommodations for the night of Friday, July 13 for the YA team (additional nights at the team’s personal expense).
  • Transportation (e.g. airfare, train ticket, mileage reimbursement) up to $700 total per YA team (teen and parent/guardian).
  • Transportation to the Meet & Greet at The Cherrity Bar.
  • Training-sponsored meals for YA team.
  • Training program materials.

At attendee’s own expense (Costs NOT covered by the Tourette Association):

  • Hotel charges for any nights that are part of an extended stay.

Questions?  Please contact Natalie Joseph-Pauline at (718) 224-2999 x227 or

  • For Youth Ambassador Applicant:

  • Please complete and sign this application, and don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign as well. Application must be completed by the Youth Ambassador applicant.
  • Please note: If you are chosen to become a YA, this will be displayed publically.
  • My Story

    Tell us your story and why you think you would be a responsible Tourette Association Youth Ambassador. What would you want the outside world to know about Tourette Syndrome? You might want to mention the following points:
    • Tell us about your experiences with TS
    • -Tell us about your family.
    • - Do you or someone you know have a diagnosis of TS?
    • - What experiences have you had with other people’s reactions to TS?
    • - Why do you think you would be an effective Youth Ambassador?
    • - Tell us where you see yourself in 5 – 10 years.
    • - How you see yourself as a public speaker.
    • - The school age-range you feel most comfortable addressing.
    • Have you had any experiences telling people you have TS? Please explain.

    Please note: If you are chosen to be a YA your story will be displayed publically.
  • For Parent/Guardian:

  • I have read the “Youth Ambassador Requirements” and am aware that my child is applying to be trained as a Tourette Association Youth Ambassador.
  • If this application is accepted for attending the Youth Ambassador Training as an Additional Team rather than the Funded Team (please see Youth Ambassador Training Information Sheet), I understand that we will be responsible for all costs of the Training, including Training fees, travel, lodging and incidentals, and other program costs and materials.
  • Media Participation Release
    I hereby irrevocably grant to the Tourette Association of America and to its employees, agents, and assigns, the right to photograph and/or video record and use pictures, silhouettes, videos and other reproductions of me and/or my children’s physical likeness (including potentially televised both locally and nationally) for educational, informational, promotional, charitable and fundraising activities for the Tourette Association and its Chapters and Support Groups and inclusion on, but not limited to the Tourette Association’s website, YouTube Channel and all other social media sites. I hereby certify and represent that I have read the foregoing and fully understand the meaning and effect thereof and, intending to be legally bound, I have hereunto set my hand.
  • I have read the application in its entirety and understand the time commitment to prepare and train for the Youth Ambassador Training & Program.