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DiaBuddies is a special outreach program of JDRF San Diego that connects young people living with diabetes. Through mentoring, teen events and events for twenty-somethings, the JDRF DiaBuddies are an enthusiastic network of volunteers.

DiaBuddies Mentor Program

This mentor program matches up youth and teens with young adults living with type 1 diabetes. DiaBuddies mentors provide personal support to help individuals adjust to a new diagnosis, address ongoing issues with diabetes, and offer understanding and motivation towards a more successful life with diabetes. If you are interested in having a mentor, please complete the DiaBuddies Mentor Request Form and DiaBuddies Mentee Waiver. If you would like to become a mentor yourself, please complete the Diabuddies Mentor Application. Use your life experience with diabetes to help someone.

DiaBuddies Teen Events

JDRF hosts quarterly teen events for the younger crowd with type I. Check out the calendar at left to see what we’re doing next. Past events have included laser tag, rock climbing, baseball games, and beach BBQs.

DiaBuddies Young Adult Events

Young Adult Events are a great chance for the older 18+ crowd to meet, relate, and have their own fun while speaking openly about life with diabetes. Quarterly young adult events include dinner outings, comedy clubs, and trips to the Del Mar races.

Get involved!

DiaBuddies help out with diabetes related events all over the community. Whether you have diabetes or just want to help, come join our monthly dinner meetings to find out how to get involved. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or to join the email list.

DiaBuddies Background

DiaBuddies was originally founded as a student service organization of UC San Diego in 2006. The group expanded beyond the university and developed into a mentor program with the help and guidance of the great people at Behavioral Diabetes Institute. In 2009, DiaBuddies became an official outreach effort of JDRF San Diego. If you would like more information on DiaBuddies, or how to get involved, please contact Janette Wilke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


DiaBuddies Officers

DiaBuddies Founder – Rachel Jaffe
Head Coordinators - Lindsay Swanson, Michelle Fourney, Kerri Orr
Mentor Chairs - Cat Printz, Michelle Fourney, Lindsay Swanson
Finance Chair - Lindsay Swanson

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