Our Programs



The Diabetes Hope Scholarship Program was established in 1999 to recognize youth in our community who have excelled in their academic achievements; demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and volunteerism in the community; and possess exemplary diabetes management practices. 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. To date, Diabetes Hope Foundation has awarded 686 education grants to young adults across Canada to support their post-secondary education.


Developed nearly a decade after the launch of the scholarship program, this alumni mentorship program was created in response to a growing need in the healthcare community for additional peer-to-peer social and academic support for transitioning students. The Hope Connects 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. Each mentor/mentee pair is matched for one full academic year; to date, the foundation has been successful in matching 144 pairs across Canada and beyond.


Building on the foundation's 18 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 Support Program to provide social and emotional support youth living with diabetes . The program will include the development of a new T1D training and certification program for volunteer frontline peer 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 fall of 2018.
2019 (pilot)


This year, Diabetes Hope Foundation will be expanding our Type 1 Peer Support Program to provide support for First Nations teens living with diabetes. Our program will be developed and delivered in partnership with SOAHAC (Southwest Aboriginal Health Access Centre) with a select group of First Nations mentors who have been certified by the Canadian Mental Health Commission and trained by MOOD Disorders Association of Ontario. Aboriginal Youth registered in the program will be matched online with one of our First Nations mentors for up to six month to provide them with peer social and academic support to help improve the management of diabetes.