Our Programs and Initiatives

Diabetes Hope Scholarship Program, 1999
Our unique scholarship program is aimed at youth in their last year of high school who are turning 18 and are transitioning from pediatric diabetes programs to self-directed adult care. The program rewards and celebrates the personal triumphs of young adults who successfully manage their diabetes care while also excelling at academics, sports and/or community activities.

Scholarship Alumni Mentorship Program, 2011
The Scholarship Alumni Mentorship Program is an initiative that has been developed by Diabetes Hope Foundation to provide a continuum of peer support for youth with diabetes who have transitioned into their post-secondary studies. The program matches 1st year university students with mentors from the Diabetes Hope Scholarship alumni based on similar academic and social backgrounds.

Youth-in-Transition Program, 2013
NEW! this year, Diabetes Hope Foundation will be expanding its Alumni Mentorship program to deliver a series of Pre-Transition support programs for teens living with type 1 diabetes who are in their transition year. Support services will include one-on-one assessments, resources for students transitioning to post-secondary education and information sessions for parents and teens.

Aboriginal Diabetes Youth Retreat, 2012
Living the Good LifeSTYLE is the Foundation's newest pilot program for Aboriginal children and youth with diabetes. Developed in 2012 in partnership with Tim Horton Children's Foundation and Six Nations Health Services, the program targets at-risk Aboriginal Youth with type 2 diabetes and delivers diabetes prevention education, leadership training and essential life skills through an interdisciplinary experiential education model. The goal of the program is for Aboriginal youth to become leaders in the community and live more active, healthy lifestyles.

Peer Mental Health Program, 2017 (Pilot)
Building on the foundation’s 19 years of experience and success in delivering peer-to-peer diabetes education programming, Diabetes Hope Foundation has been working with a cross-sector of stakeholders, including type 1 youth, diabetes and mental healthcare professionals, and First Nations youth, to develop a new peer mental healthcare program to support youth living with diabetes and mental health disorders. The program will include the development of a new T1D training and certification program for volunteer frontline peer mental health support workers, and one-on-one community based peer mental health support services for youth living with diabetes. With support from our volunteers, donors, and community health partners, Diabetes Hope Foundation hopes to pilot the program in the spring and fall of 2017.