What We Do
The Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana (DYFI) is a local 501c3 non-profit with a mission and passion to educate, encourage, and empower children living with Type 1 diabetes, while providing support to their families. We serve hundreds of youth every year through our Residential Summer Camp, Day Camp, Family & Teen Weekends, Ambassador Program, and other outreach opportunities. While we are located in Noblesville, IN, we serve the whole state of Indiana.
The Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana was formed in 1989 to support, educate and encourage children with Type 1 diabetes. The DYFI camping experience and outreach programs give children with Type 1 diabetes the opportunity to learn more about their diabetes and to grow more confident in their ability to handle the daily challenges faced in managing their disease. As part of our mission, and to ensure children with diabetes have a place to call home where they can learn more about diabetes management, in late 2005 DYFI purchased a camp in Noblesville, Indiana.
The camp, Camp Until a Cure, is the only camp in Indiana owned, designed and operated specifically for the needs of children with diabetes. We have continued to grow with both families and outreach and have partnered with others in the community to help educate and provide awareness about Type 1 diabetes.
What We Do
We want to continue to help as many children and families as possible. It is our policy that every child has the opportunity to attend our programs, regardless of ability to pay. We charge $500 per child per week, half of the actual cost, due to the inability of majority of the families to afford $1000. Additionally, we provided 46% of the families this past summer an additional campership. We work with school nurses, doctor offices, social workers, and foster families to reach under served youth. The impact of camp from a psychosocial standpoint is hard to put into words.
Many kids at camp have never met another child with diabetes, haven’t spent the night away from home since diagnosis, or struggle feeling alone. Camp not only gives these children belonging, but also educates on how to maintain a healthy life with this disease.
Our Ambassador program launched this year in January. It centers around five main goals: service within DYFI, community impact, diabetes advocacy, program input, and outreach. It is a group of teenagers ages 16-19 making a difference for others in their community. The group is lead by teenagers with adults who act as mentors.
Each year we serve between 240-270 youth with diabetes, along with their families just through our camps and programs.
Our outreach opportunities reach even more families. We increased from one to two full time employees in May, as we are increasing our programming and outreach due to increased need. According to the American Diabetes Association, 15,600 children are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes annually and by 2050, 1 in every 3 people will have diabetes. These numbers are staggering and continuing to increase. We want to be able to provide support to as many youth and families as possible. All of our funding comes from grants, donations, fundraisers, and camper fees. This is why your support is so meaningful and has such a large impact for our organization!