Young Adult Advocacy Council

The Young Adult Advocacy Council (YAAC) is a group of young adults who are business professionals, community leaders, and engaged students. These up-and-comers actively support the advancement of Breakthrough T1D’s advocacy priority areas, spread awareness of type 1 diabetes (T1D) within their communities, and inspire youth to use their voices and share their stories with key decision makers. Through their involvement, they drive meaningful progress on our path to cures for T1D.

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About the Young Adult Advocacy Council

Breakthrough T1D’s Advocates have had an incredible impact on moving the ball forward for the T1D community. Advocates have secured billions in Federal funding for T1D research, influenced policy decisions to benefit people with T1D, and much more. Members of the YAAC will take a leadership role in continuing this important work.


Unique Congressional meetings each year

Nearly $3.5B

Committed to T1D research through the Special Diabetes Program


All the largest health insurers in the U.S. cover automated insulin delivery systems

Specific responsibilities included

  • Joining monthly YAAC meetings and participating on a designated committee
  • Partnering with local Advocacy leaders to support existing or establish a new Advocacy Committee
  • Supporting local Breakthrough T1D Advocate recruitment efforts
  • Participating in national Advocacy initiatives, like the Promise to Remember Me campaign and New Member Outreach Initiative meetings
  • Amplifying Breakthrough T1D Advocacy messaging on social media and helping create content
  • Mentoring local youths in Breakthrough T1D Advocacy
  • Spreading awareness of the YAAC and recruiting new members
  • Completing a local annual community service project in tandem with YAAC members around the country