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You don't have to do diabetes alone. Insulliance is committed to inspiring and empowering teens and pre-teens by providing support and understanding through a Diabuddies peer-to-peer connection program and diabetes mentor/mentee program. We have teamed up with Diabetes Youth Families and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals to offer both these opportunities to promote supportive connections and community as teens navigate life with diabetes. Adolescence can be complicated, and we believe meaningful support during this time can improve quality of life and glycemic control. 


Because no one understands living with diabetes like other people living with diabetes, this special program can allow teens to feel heard, understood, and empowered. Once paired, Diabuddies and mentee/mentors are welcome to connect in the ways that feel most comfortable to them whether that be via text, Zoom, Google video, emails, phone, or in person. Participants can choose to be connected either with a buddy of a similar age or a young adult mentor with diabetes. 

Our Diabuddy program is open to teens and young adults age 12-26 years old living with Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes. We are also enrolling young adults 18+ who are interested in participating as mentors for teens.


Insulliance was founded as a pilot program first realized in the pediatric endocrinology department of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, CA.

Apply online today to be paired with a teen peer or to be a mentor or mentee!


We can't wait to hear your story.

Please complete the attached form and send it to

I am 12-26 years old and want to be a Mentee / Diabuddy.

I am 18+ years old and want to be a Mentor.


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The material on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for medical advice from a qualified medical or mental health professional. The individuals associated with Insulliance are not medical or mental health professionals. Insulliance does not endorse any specific treatment centers, physicians, healthcare providers, mental health professionals, tests, products, services, procedures, opinions, or other information that are mentioned on the web site.

Always consult your physician or other qualified healthcare or mental health provider for advice, diagnosis and treatment of any health-related matter, including relating to diabetes and/or eating disorders. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Heather R. Walker, the founder of Insulliance, for all of the energy she directed toward building the first iteration of the program, and for carefully drafting the written materials and guidelines we still rely upon today. We would also like to thank Sarah Afzal (Former President and Mentor), Emily Swide (Former Mentor), and Carrie Stearns (Former Mentor) for their early roles on the team, which were essential to our success.

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