Transition Programs

Youth in Transition Program

With the completion and publication of the “Canadian Guide for Successful Transition to College and University,” Diabetes Hope Foundation developed a series of Parent & Teen Pre-Transition Workshops and Webinars to be held in the spring and fall across Southern Ontario to provide support for parents and youth who are transitioning to post-secondary education and adult diabetes care.

To date, 585 parents and transitioning teens living with diabetes have registered and participated in our transition workshops and webinars. Our goal is to bring teens, their parents, healthcare professionals, and our own Alumni Volunteer Mentors together to talk about transition within a community-based setting.

Through our transition programs, Diabetes Hope Foundation hopes to inspire peer-to-peer knowledge transfer among the youth; as well as provide support and alleviate anxieties for parents through increased networking opportunities with the adult healthcare team, other parents and the Foundation staff.

This year, Diabetes Hope Foundation partnered with Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps program to host Transition Teen Nights for youth with type 1 diabetes from Markham Stouffville Hospital and Trillium Health Partners. Through these events, youth were able to engage with peers and receive mentorship support from DHF’s alumni and D-Camp Youth Leaders to provide them to lived peer experiences to support their transition to college and university.

Next year, our Transition Program will be expanded to include a new Peer Support Program to provide one-on-one peer support for transitioning teens who need additional emotional and social support. The goal of the program is to match these youth with young adults with type 1 diabetes to provide an interim period of support while youth are transitioning between pediatric healthcare services.