Here you will find the latest news, information and activities from AYUDA, our partners and other related organizations.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM AYUDA!!
Greetings from Tucson! TEAM AYUDA has just wrapped up an inspiring weekend biking alongside members of the Pascua Yacqui Tribe and over 9,000 other riders in the Perimeter Bicycling's 31st El Tour de Tucson, presented by Casino Del Sol Resort. Unprecedented rainfall (a first for in the 31-year history of this desert ride!) and cold winds out of the Catalina Mountains gave a couple of team members hypothermia scares, but all of TEAM AYUDA finished the ride in one piece! Our Pre-Ride Dinner and Sweet 16 Celebration featured a heart-warming slideshow from 16 years of camps, a toast to Merith Basey for 9 years of service, and amazing testimonials from members of the Pascua Yacqui tribe about how their involvement in the fitness program has improved not only their A1Cs but their lives. Click here to see our twitter updates from the event.
EARLY APPLICATION UPDATE: We have filled a quarter of our 2014 Volunteer positions under our new Early Decision policy.These volunteers will receive introductory AYUDA training and begin their fundraising in early December! Our standard application deadline is January 26, 2014. January will be upon us in a hurry, don't miss this life-changing opportunity! Apply Now!
SUPPORT A VOLUNTEER: Get into the holiday giving spirit! If you aren't planning on volunteering this year, and want to give back to AYUDA, consider supporting current volunteers by donating to their personal page! Click here to search Volunteer pages. Want to help in another way? Visit the Ambassadors section of our website and see how you can help support us in other ways!
COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN: For Federal employees, through Child Aid International you can donate your pre-tax dollars through payroll deduction to AYUDA. Our number is: 39207. Search for AYUDA in the CFC directory under key word: Diabetes
WORLD DIABETES DAY: To commemorate World Diabetes Day on November 14, AYUDA launched a pilot program in the Domincian Repbublic (DR) that focused on raising diabetes awareness in schools across Santo Domingo. Along with our amazing experienced volunteers, this program was funded via a new $5,000 grant from Medtronic Diabetes. Our volunteers, working with AAV leaders were able to reach over 1,000 students in the DR and many more after making television and radio appearances. And if that wasn't enough they also hosted a global twitter chat #wdd2013. Click here to read more.
It's time to get your test on!
The 2013 Big Blue Test campaign has started. Between now and November 14th, we challenge you to do as many #BigBlueTests as you can to help us reach our goal of 20,000 entries.
Each entry triggers a donation to nonprofit groups that provide life-saving insulin, diabetes supplies, and education. This year the #BigBlueTest will benefit St. Anthony's Medical Clinic in San Francisco, University of Colorado's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Aurora, Co., FHADIMAC in Haiti and Aprendiendo a Vivir in Dominican Republic (FHADIMAC and AAV are both AYUDA partners!!!)
If you have diabetes or if you do not, taking the test is really simple:
1. Test your blood glucose (skip this step if you do not have diabetes).
2. Get active for 14-20 minutes.
3. Test again.
4. Share the results on BigBlueTest.org or use one of the smartphone apps on their website.
5. Come back every day and tell others!
Remember that every time that you take the Big Blue Test between now and November 14th you will trigger a donation on your behalf to nonprofit groups that are providing life-saving supplies, services and education to people with diabetes in need.
Join the movement. Log on to BigBlueTest.org and submit a test or use your iPhone or Android device.
In keeping with AYUDA's strategic plan for growth, we anticipate volunteer spaces for up to 50 program participants throughout 2014. Two opportunities to volunteer in the Dominican Republic are posted on our website.Please check back regularly for updates about possible opportunities in Haiti and Ecuador.
Our Regular Decision Deadline is January 26th. Any spaces remaining for the spring/summer 2014 programs will be filled from this pool of applicants. The Volunteer Training Summit for all Spring/Summer volunteers will take place in Washington DC, March 7-9 2014.
We are seeking volunteers who are passionate about empowering youth and making a difference in diabetes communities in the Dominican Republic. To read more about AYUDA, click here.
Program 1 - Ganémosle Volunteer Program : May 24th - June 2nd
In this 9-day program volunteers will gain hands-on experience working on a national grassroots diabetes public awareness campaign and fitness event to be held in the nation’s capital, Santo Domingo. Volunteers will work with the general public, focusing on diabetes advocacy and awareness issues (in Spanish)!
Those especially encouraged to apply include young leaders:
Program 2 - Campo Amigo Dominicano Volunteer Program: June 21st - July 9th
In this 3 week-long intensive program, volunteers, led by AYUDA staff, will work closely with Aprendido A Vivir (AAV) local staff, medical students and rising Dominican youth leaders to plan and implement community outreach projects. These projects will motivate and support young people living with Type 1 diabetes, as well as their families. In addition, the team will work together to run Campo Amigo Dominicano, a weekend diabetes education family program. We especially encourage young leaders to apply:
Join Us For El Tour de Tucson
America's biggest "cyclosportive"
Saturday, November 23, 2013
We are excited to share with you that AYUDA has been selected as a beneficiary of El Tour De Tucson!
For the past year, AYUDA’s Volunteer Mentor and elite cyclist, James Stout, has supported an exercise and empowerment initiative with youth from the Pascua Yaqui Nation who are living with, or at risk for, type 2 diabetes. James has used his own experiences riding and living with diabetes to inspire members of the tribe – most of whom are training to participate in El Tour for the first time.
We are hosting a registration portal to raise funds to support AYUDA’s programs that empower youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world. From 5 miles to 111 miles, El Tour offers riding distances for all abilities and fitness levels!
|El Tour de Tucson: Benefits to Joining TEAM AYUDA|
● Join a motivating team that includes youth from the Pascua Yaqui Nation and AYUDA volunteers and alumni who are empowering youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world.
● Be part of the largest cyclosportive event in the USA (El Tour de Tucscon attracts over 9,000 participants each year) and ride with some of the USA’s finest cyclists, including Olympians and Tour de France winners!
● Receive incentives such as access to a pre-event VIP private dinner, VIP access to a post-race hospitality tent, AYUDA prize pack, exclusive access to online training plans, and an opportunity to win free accommodation during the weekend of the event.
● Feel good and do good at the same time by having fun and raising money to benefit AYUDA.
(Arlington, VA) August 8, 2013- AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad) is pleased to announce that Howard Steinberg has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Steinberg brings over 30 years of entrepreneurship and leadership in brand and marketing management.
Mr. Steinberg founded Source Marketing and quickly developed it into a leader in the promotional marketing industry, serving such clients as AOL, HBO, Procter & Gamble, Mattel, American Express and other Fortune 500 companies. In 1998, Steinberg sold a majority stake in Source Marketing to MDC Corporation (NASDAQ: MDCA), remaining with the company as its CEO until 2005. Mr. Steinberg has been living with type 1 diabetes for most of his life.
In 2005, as sole founder, Mr. Steinberg launched dLife to engage the type 1 and burgeoning type 2 diabetes populations in better care and management by taking a more consumerized and pragmatic approach, focusing on the daily lifestyle challenges of the condition. dLife has rapidly become the dominant consumer source, improving the lives of people living with diabetes every day on a mass scale via multimedia channels including online, TV and mobile. He served as CEO from 2005-2012.
As AYUDA positions itself to take its extraordinary model of youth empowerment to scale, we are honored to welcome Howard Steinberg to the board. His personal wisdom and passion, combined with his professional expertise, will help propel more AYUDA volunteers to become agents of change in diabetes communities around the world.