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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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 Team NPF events such as Team NPF Walk, Team NPF Cycle, Team NPF Run, Pstamp Out Psoriatic Disease, and Team NPF DIY Fundraising.

Meet Our 2021 - 2022 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 17 and lives in Sandy Ridge, Pennsylvania. She enjoys being with her friends and playing with animals. She will be 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 will be attending DePauw University majoring in Global Health and playing college basketball there.

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James is from Greenwich, Connecticut and is 19. He is attending the University of Notre Dame, double majoring in Finance and Economics.

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Lead Youth Ambassador

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

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Karlee of Queen Creek, Arizona is 18 years old. She will be 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 will be attending the University of Kansas and majoring in Biochemistry on the pre-med track.

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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.

Youth Ambassador Matthew - 17 years old and lives in New York City.


Matthew is 17 years old and lives in New York City. Matthew enjoys tap dancing and practicing Taekwondo with friends.

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Neel is from San Diego, California and is 17 years old. He plays tennis and ping-pong and is an avid soccer and football fan. He will be attending the University of Maryland.

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Sam, 19, of Bexley, Ohio is the co-chair of the Columbus Run to Cure Psoriasis and looks forward to attending and organizing events when it’s safe to resume them.

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Shane, 19, of East Meadow, New York enjoys the Tuesday morning Science section of The New York Times and doing impromptu standup comedy sessions.

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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.

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Vishruth of San Ramon, California enjoys gaming, biking, exercising, drawing, and reading. He will be heading to UC Santa Cruz this fall 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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