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.

In 2021, one of the regional Youth Ambassadors will be selected as the National Youth Ambassador and will receive a $2,500 scholarship, as well as invitations to national NPF events and programs; sponsors are not involved in the selection process.

Responsibilities of NPF Youth Ambassadors

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Share Your Story

Sharing your experience through social media and other media opportunities - including a feature story in Our Spot and speaking at NPF events in your area.

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Collaborate and Connect

Participating in calls/interactions with other Youth Ambassadors.

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Participate as a Team Captain in Your Local Team NPF Events Including:

Team NPF Walk

Team NPF Cycle

Team NPF Run

Pstamp Out Psoriatic Disease

Team NPF DIY Fundraising

PsO Virtual Active Day

Meet Our 2020 - 2021 Youth Ambassadors

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Amber is 16 and lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She participates in her school’s Medical Academy and band, among several other activities.

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Emme, of Sellersburg, Indiana is a high school junior and a basketball player on the state champion team. She enjoys travelling and poetry, and has a passion for the environment.

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James is from Greenwich, Connecticut and is 17. He has been a rower since grade 7 and is working on his Eagle Project for the Boy Scouts.

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Jensen, 20, of Germantown, Tennessee enjoys the visual arts, photography and sports. She hopes to organize a Team NPF event in her area.

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Kendall of Overland Park, Kansas is 16. She was a participant and team organizer in NPF’s first ever PsA Virtual Active Day and looks forward to more virtual participation.

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Lena is 17 and lives in Lansing Michigan. She enjoys swimming and painting and was once the subject of an NPF Advance article.

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 of San Diego, California is 15 and plays tennis, golf and ping-pong. He is also an avid soccer and football fan.

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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 looks forward to participating in a Team NPF walk.

Youth Ambassador Zoe, of Boca Raton, Florida is 18 years old and enjoys writing music, playing basketball, singing, and playing the piano.


Zoe, of Boca Raton, Florida is 18 years old and enjoys writing music, playing basketball, singing, and playing the piano.

Interested in becoming a Youth Ambassador?

Please submit inquiries to:

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Kris Bockmier

Director of Field Operations


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