Mentor Program

Eastern Iowa Mentor Program

Eastern Iowa JDRF is starting up a new mentoring program called Type 1 x 2! If you’re an adult Type 1 this is a great way to get involved with JDRF by mentoring children/young adults and getting together with other adult type 1’s.

This program encourages mentors and mentees to have a strong communicative relationship, especially through the transition years (teens and college). JDRF events create a great setting for mentors and their mentees to get out and do something fun together, while we definitely encourage getting together on your own time as well!

Please email Kelsey at if you’re interested in getting involved in this program, whether you’re newly diagnosed or not, we’d love for you to meet others andform relationships. Let us know if you’d like a mentor or would like to be an adult mentor today!

Mentors can provide a valuable support system every step of the way. Mentors are not professionals, but concerned parents or teens who have already experienced living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Need a mentor?
A family interested in being connected with a Mentor will receive a call from a volunteer Mentor who can offer emotional support and answer those “day in the life” questions families have throughout their journey. Volunteer Mentors can answer non-medical questions and share stories about personal experiences.

If you are interested in being contacted by a volunteer from the Family Network, please fill out the online form or call the JDRF office at (319) 393-3850.

Would like to be a mentor?
Volunteer Family Mentors are paired with a family with a newly diagnosed family member based on geographical area, age and sex of child. Mentors are asked to make an initial contact with the family, if applicable deliver a Bag of Hope, and to keep in touch with the family through monthly phone calls or visits.

We are also looking for teen mentors to pair with other newly diagnosed teens or kids.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor to a newly diagnosed family, child, or teen or learning more information about the program, please fill out the online form or call the JDRF office at (319) 393-3850.