Youth With Diabetes (YWD) is a non profit organisation created specifically to help kids, teens and young adults living with diabetes. We are unique in that we are run by teens who themselves have diabetes. The organisation also has a senior management committee made up of talented professionals who are involved with diabetes in some way.
Our objectives include education for youth living with diabetes, raising general awareness levels about diabetes within the public, establishing support groups and to promote a general healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes.
YWD’s slogan “Life can be sweet” embodies our enthusiastic and positive attitude toward this condition. Our logo was especially designed to represent a lollipop, to dispel the common misconceptions about diabetes and to emphasize our slogan.
Our most impressive ongoing project is our weekend camps. Over the past 5 years, we have held camps in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, George, Port Elizabeth, East London and even Botswana.
The main aim of these camps is to show the children that other young people also have diabetes, and therefore eliminate their feelings of isolation and difference. We also educate the campers on better diabetic management and have fun activities.
For these camps, we train teenagers as Diabetic Youth Leaders. YWD has extensively trained these dynamic leaders in all aspects of diabetes management, as well as counseling and leadership. These teens then facilitate the camps with the help of diabetic doctors and nurses in their respective regions. They are also fully empowered to initiate their own community projects under the guidance of YWD.
Browse round our website or visit our facebookgroup to find out more about our camps or to become a leader.