IDF Europe Youth Activities

Last update: 05/05/2021

The IDF Europe youth platform works closely with all relevant stakeholders to set up projects supporting diabetes advocacy, education, peer-to-peer support and awareness-raising across Europe. Most of the projects are developed by sharing ideas and working together at the Youth Leadership Camps and Youth Leadership Lab(s) and a close (online) collaboration after YLC and YLL. Learn more below about the projects that have been/ are being developed!


Ongoing Projects

YLL Projects


The goal of this project is to let the world know that diabetes has something positive to bring, and is not just a daily struggle. With monthly videos made available on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and maybe even Tiktok in the future), the aim is to show that diabetes is not a burden and that people with diabetes can live their life to the fullest! The stories will be told by five young and passionate women with Type 1 diabetes to a target population of all adults living with diabetes. Ensuring audience engagement is one of the project’s main goals. Looking to the future, this would mean sharing beyond those of the project coördinators to make the platform as inclusive and authentic as possible!

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Past Initiatives


Contribution to the Launch of the IDF Europe Centennary of Insulin Campaign

To mark the beginning of the Centenary of Insulin campaign, IDF Europe hosted our first webinar titled ‘Imagining the next 100 years of diabetes’, on 22 January 2021. The webinar kicked off with video testimonials from people living with diabetes across Europe who shared their experiences, hopes, and dreams for the future. Some members of our youth network were represented in these testimonials. Read more here.

Contribution to IDF Europe Communication around International Days

As part of International Women’s Day, we spoke to Rafailia, a 2020 Youth Leadership Lab participant living with Type 1 diabetes. She is 22 years old and living in Cyprus. She shared with us the challenges she faces as a young woman living with diabetes and her tips on overcoming them. Read more here.



Travelling Paper
The ‘Travelling and Diabetes’ paper is part of a series of awareness papers published by IDF Europe on different aspects of life with diabetes. The YOURAH members took a strong lead on the content, editing and layout of this paper. Although travelling is currently restricted and even ill-advised for people living with diabetes due to the COVID-19 crisis, we hope that this paper will prove useful for future, post-pandemic trips. Inside is everything you may need to consider and prepare when you are planning to travel as a person living with diabetes.

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Contribution to IDF Europe Communication around International Days

On World Mental Health Day we asked some members of our youth network to share their experiences with the mental burden of diabetes management.

International Youth Day Webinar & Open Letter

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The COVID-19 outbreak has created new challenges for young generations living with diabetes, and it was time to speak up to ensure that their message is heard loud and clear. August 12 2020 was International Youth Day and with “Youth Engagement for Global Action” being the theme for IYD 2020, IDF Europe was proud to be the voice of young people with diabetes across Europe and with the letter below asked EU Leaders to guarantee a more youth-friendly European Union. Three of our YOURAH members participated in this EU letter and open dialogue with MEPs.


This was a virtual event hosted by the YOURAH Steering Committee and IDF Europe to bring the YOURAH members together to welcome the new 2020 members and strengthen engagement and connections within the community.






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