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About the Program

Topic: Transitions – How to Become a Mentor
Hosts: Divya Gopisetty, sibling of a T1D and Sarah Loebner, young adult w/T1D
Facilitator: Marcela Arregui-Reyes, MS PMP Madison Pediatric Diabetes Clinic, UCSF

Interested in becoming a certified Dia-Buddies Mentor? Sign-up for our new Mentor Training Module series! The modules are designed to train mentors to better engage with difficult topics surrounding Type 1 Diabetes. Each module will be facilitated by an incredible advocate in the field. This session will be facilitated by Marcela Arregui-Reyes, MS PMP from Madison Pediatric Diabetes Clinic, UCSF. You will leave the modules stronger and smarter with more tools to navigate the challenges in your own lives. Moreover, as an official mentor, you will have the ability to lead your own Dia-Buddies events (with our help, of course)!

In order to become a CarbDM certified Dia-Buddies Mentor, you must complete at least two modules in the series. Modules will be held throughout the year with various topics of focus, and you may receive community service. Upon completion of two modules, Carb DM will award you with an official Dia-Buddies Mentor t-shirt and a certificate of completion!

Getting To Know Marcela Arregui-Reyes:
As a teacher, Marcela used to run the camps for children with diabetes in Chile. Herself and her twin sister dedicated their summers to fun and teaching diabetes management tools for families and their children with diabetes. During the summer of 1992, Marcela was invited to visit Bearskin Meadow Camp, where she complemented her knowledge and positive outcome to diabetes for over 10 years. She believes a person with diabetes can do anything if they set their mind to it! One just has to have the tools to be able to get there.

Marcela was eager to continue her education in the US, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Science of Administration in Recreation and Business from San Francisco State University and her Project Management Professional degree at UC Berkeley. The journey has continued for several years where she has been part of the UCSF community, the teaching world of San Francisco and Oakland Unified School District representing the “Profesores Visitantes” from Spain to the US. She is looking forward to continuing to build a community within the world of diabetes.

What is Dia-Buddies and how to join:

Dia-Buddies is a joint Carb DM JDRF youth mentor program that will bring together teens (ages 14-19, diagnosed a minimum of 2 years) with children, tweens, and teens, (ages 10-16), in fun social settings. At each Dia-Buddies event, mentors will organize and run a variety of activities, thereby serving as role models for the buddies.

By adopting a group approach instead of the traditional one-on-one mentor-mentee relationship, the program allows mentors and buddies to foster relationships organically, giving everyone more opportunities to make connections and expand their network or support.

Anyone between the ages of 10-16, whether newly diagnosed or not, including siblings, is welcome to enroll as a mentee in the program. Sign up here to be a buddy in the program. Because of the group format, buddies can become unofficial mentors as well. Your knowledge and experience are a valuable asset to the group!

Anyone between the ages of 14-19 who have had diabetes for at least 2 years are welcome to sign up to be a mentor. Mentors will be asked to take an online training and help lead activities of their choosing at our monthly programs.


Divya Gopisetty, Type 3 (Sibling) and Sarah Loebner, Young Adult with T1D

Suggested Fee

$20 per mentor. Your fees support Carb DM's programs, ensure the organization's financial stability, and make Carb DM's programs accessible to all. If you cannot pay the fee at this time, please select the "scholarship" option below.

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