AYUDA (AMERICAN YOUTH UNDERSTANDING DIABETES ABROAD) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1997. An organization run for youth by youth, AYUDA uses youth as agents for change. AYUDA is dedicated to working with local diabetes communities to develop and implement sustainable diabetes programs throughout the world, with its initial focus emerging out of Latin America. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as a catalyst to empower local youth living with diabetes to form healthy habits and better manage their diabetes. AYUDA has established an international volunteer program that mobilizes individuals - ranging from high school students to world-class medical professionals - to support educational and leadership programs around the globe.

AYUDA has expanded to train over 400 volunteers who have served in over 20 countries over the last 16 years. In 2013, AYUDA is focused on programs in the Dominican Republic  and will be piloting its first-ever program in Haiti. To read more about the programs, click here.

AYUDA has been recognized for its social entrepreneurship and innovation by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, the United Nations and the World Bank as a 2007 Development Marketplace Finalist.