Stanford Youth Diabetes Coaches Program (SYDCP)

Health Care Professionals Teach High School Students

  • Designed to support youth from populations who are medically underserved.
  • Validated curriculum proven effective (See Publications).
  • Health care professionals train high school students to coach family members with diabetes or other chronic illnesses.
  • Highly structured 8-week course meets once a week for an hour and trains adolescents to become diabetes self-management coaches.
  • Course content:
    • Health knowledge
    • Communication skills
    • Problem solving
    • Coaching skills with an emphasis on action planning
  • Can be offered in-person or virtually.        


Visit About Us page to learn more.

High School Student Experience

Although we hope the course benefits family members being coached, our ultimate goal is to empower high school students with knowledge and skills to make healthy lifestyle choices. Students have an overwhelmingly positive response to the program.

Visit Student Testimonials page to hear more from student participants.

See SYDCP in Action

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Film courtesy of Hawaii News Now, April 2023.​

Click for SYDCP sites in US and Canada

Each gift will support research in the development and evaluation of school based, health education programs that provide effective, sustainable, and reproducible benefit to students and families in populations who are medically underserved.