Youth Ambassador Program

If you’re a young person living with psoriatic disease, you’re not alone.

There are more than 700,000 youth diagnosed with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis in the U.S.

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Photo collage of 16 of the 2023 NPF Youth Ambassadors

The physical and emotional impact of psoriatic disease is often magnified for young people, who already grapple with a range of coming-of-age issues.

NPF Youth Ambassadors, sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation, fosters opportunities to make friends and engage with others who have psoriatic disease. NPF Youth Ambassadors serve as leaders in the community, act as role models to help peers manage and take control of their disease, and inspire others with psoriatic disease to lead confident and fulfilling lives.

Responsibilities of NPF Youth Ambassadors

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Share Your Story

Sharing your experience through social media and other media opportunities - including speaking at NPF events in your area.

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Collaborate and Connect

Participating in regular meetings with other Youth Ambassadors.

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Participate as a Team Captain

Join your local Take ACTION fundraising events.

Meet Our Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassador, Aditi, of Flower Mound, Texas, is a 16 years old. When she is not playing the guitar, piano, or ukulele, she enjoys painting.


Aditi, of Flower Mound, Texas, is 17 years old. When she is not playing the guitar, piano, or ukulele, she enjoys painting.

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Amber is 18 and is from Port St. Lucie, Florida. She is currently attending Barnard College of Columbia University in New York.

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Ava is 18 and is from Sandy Ridge, Pennsylvania. She enjoys being with her friends and playing with animals. She is attending the Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for Nursing.

Youth Ambassador Avni


Avni, 14, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is a freshman in high school. When she's not spending time with loved ones, she enjoys art, karate, and traveling.

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Emme, of Sellersburg, Indiana, is 18 years old. She is attending DePauw University majoring in Global Health and playing college basketball there.

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Lead Youth Ambassador

Jensen, 21, of Germantown, Tennessee enjoys the visual arts, photography and sports. She is attending nursing school at UTHSC in Memphis.

Youth ambassador, Jess


Jess is 19 years old and attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City, majoring in Biology. She hopes to become a dermatologist in the future! She loves to crochet, try new foods, and listen to music.

Youth Ambassador Katie


Katie, from Houston, Texas, is 16 years old. Currently a junior in high school she hopes to become a pediatric nurse. She loves participating in choir, reading, and watching movies.

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Karlee of Queen Creek, Arizona is 18 years old. She is attending Northern Arizona University to study Secondary Education. She loves nature, animals, and traveling.

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Kendall from Overland Park, Kansas is 18. She is attending the University of Kansas and majoring in Biochemistry on the pre-med track.

Krishna, an NPF Youth Ambassador.


Krishna, 16, is from Savannah, GA. She's currently a Junior in High School, majoring in theatre. She enjoys working, volunteering, and being around people when she's not acting.

Youth Ambassador Landen


Landen of Camden, South Carolina, is 15 years old and enjoys horseback riding, baking, and spending time with friends. She is currently a high school sophomore.

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Lena is 19 and lives in East Lansing, Michigan. She attends Michigan State University majoring in Genomics and Molecular Genetics. She enjoys swimming and crocheting.

Mandy, an NPF Youth Ambassador.


Mandy, of Long Beach, California is 17 years old and is involved with student council, National Honor Society, HOSA and the Filipino Club at his high school. He is applying to be a nursing student and wants to pursue dermatology after earning a BSN.

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Neel is from San Diego, California and is 18 years old. He plays tennis and ping-pong and is an avid soccer and football fan. He is attending the University of Maryland.

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Nicole is 19 years old and from Tampa, Florida. She is currently studying Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida and enjoys running, reading new books, and going to concerts.

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Sam, 21, of Bexley, Ohio is the co-chair of the Columbus Run to Cure Psoriasis. He attends the University of Maryland and has been selected as the 2023 Patient Honoree for the Commit to Cure Gala.

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Thomas, 15, of North Haledon, New Jersey is currently working on his Eagle Project as a Boy Scout. He enjoys archery, bowling, soccer, video games and listening to music.

Headshot of Youth Ambassador Vishruth of San Ramon, California.


Vishruth of San Ramon, California enjoys gaming, biking, exercising, drawing, and reading. He is attending UC Santa Cruz to study Computer Science.

Youth Ambassador Zoe


Zoe of Boca Raton, Florida is 19 years old and enjoys writing music, playing basketball, singing, and playing the piano. She is currently attending Florida Atlantic University.

Interested in becoming a Youth Ambassador?

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