Applicant FAQ

  1. When is the JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress application due?
    Potential Delegates must submit their JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress application to JDRF no later than the end of the day (11:59PM Eastern) on Friday, November 30, 2018. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.
  2. When and where will JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress be held?
    JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress will be held in downtown Washington, D.C., from July 8 – 10, 2019.
  3. When and how will I learn if my child has been chosen as a JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress Delegate?
    All applicant decision letters will be mailed by the middle of February, 2019.
  4. What is the JDRF Volunteer Selection Committee looking for in Applicants to JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress?
    The JDRF Volunteer Selection Committee is looking for a cross-section of children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) across the country today. Eligible candidates range from ages 4-17 (at the time of the event). Delegates (or a parent in the case of small children) must be willing to share their compelling story about life with T1D and their interest in JDRF’s mission of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.
  5. While completing my application for JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress, will I be able to save it and return?
    Unfortunately, the system cannot save an application that has already been started. In addition, please note that some mobile devices do not allow you to upload attachments, which are a requirement of this application process. Please complete all requested components of your application at the time that you start it, and then submit your completed application when you have finished it. If you are unable to complete your application in one sitting, save your short answers and your letter in a Word document, which you can edit until satisfied, then copy the text and paste into the appropriate application forms when you are ready to submit.
  6. I am trying to submit my application to JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress and I can’t – why?
    Several things might be happening here. If you cannot submit because of your ‘Letter to Congress,’ please save it as a PDF, then upload it and try to submit again. Also, please note that some mobile devices do not allow you to upload attachments, which are a requirement of this application process. If you will be either under the age of four, or over the age of 17 by July 8, 2019, we cannot consider your application. If you are within this age range, please make sure that you have entered your correct birthdate. If you are still unable to submit your application, make sure you have initialed each of the listed waiver consent items located at the end of the application. Next, check to make sure you have not clicked the ‘Attended JDRF Children’s Congress before’ button in error, because if you have attended before, you should not apply as you cannot attend JDRF Children’s Congress again. Lastly, check to make sure that each question with an asterisk (*) next to it is completed as they require a response before being allowed to click the submit button. If you are still unable to submit your application, please email us directly at: childrenscongress@jdrf.org.
  7. Will JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress applications be considered if they are incomplete?
    Unfortunately, we cannot consider incomplete applications. Please complete all requested components and submit your application no later than the end of the day (11:59PM Eastern), on Friday, November 30, 2018. If you would like to add something to your application after submitting it, please email us directly at  childrenscongress@jdrf.org with your revisions/additions prior to the November 30 deadline.
  8. Can I submit letters of reference or other items to my application?
    No. All unrequested information submitted with the application (including letters of reference) will not be considered, and may not be kept. All information sent with the application becomes the property of JDRF Advocacy, per the waiver consent items that each applicant/family must sign and initial upon submission of an application.
  9. Can my child be a JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress Delegate if I pay for our expenses?
    No. Unfortunately, this is not possible. Space for each JDRF Children’s Congress event is very limited. In addition, only one parent or guardian of a Delegate can attend JDRF Children’s Congress.
  10. What are the chances of being selected as a JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress Delegate?
    For each biennial event, JDRF receives more than twelve hundred applications for JDRF Children’s Congress, while approximately 160 applicants will be selected as Delegates. Many children will apply more than once before being selected as a Delegate. Applicants who are not selected for JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress are encouraged to advocate for JDRF back in their home state through the JDRF ‘Promise to Remember Me’ Campaign or JDRF ‘New Member Outreach Initiative,’ and other Advocacy efforts, such as the JDRF ‘Youth Advocacy Leader’ (YAL) Program. ‘Promise to Remember Me’ is extremely important to JDRF’s legislative policy success, and gives everyone an opportunity to help while showing a commitment to JDRF Advocacy’s mission the next time they apply. If your child is not chosen, please do not feel disheartened as this is a very competitive and selective process. Please consider applying again to attend JDRF 2021 Children’s Congress and participate in JDRF One Walks, Rides, Galas, and other JDRF community events.
  11. What is the role of a JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress Delegate?
    Chosen Delegates and one parent/guardian must attend JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress from July 8 – 10, 2019. Delegates will be asked to make local media appearances, complete tasks relating to JDRF Children’s Congress before, during, and after the event, interact with other Delegates, visit Capitol Hill to meet with national lawmakers and staff, and spread JDRF’s mission of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.
  12. Will Delegates have responsibilities once JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress is completed?
    Delegates should stay connected with JDRF’s Advocacy efforts by participating in JDRF ‘Promise to Remember Me’ Campaign and ‘New Member Outreach Initiative’ meetings and other local JDRF Chapter events. JDRF Children’s Congress is a competitive program and those selected as Delegates should view their time as their JDRF Chapter’s Delegate as a platform for recruiting new advocates, spreading JDRF Advocacy’s mission, and getting their community involved in communicating with their Members of Congress.
  13. What can adults living with type 1 diabetes do for JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress?
    Most importantly, you should sign-up to be a JDRF Advocate so you stay connected with the JDRF Advocacy office and have the tools to help spread the word about JDRF Advocacy within your networks. Additionally, please get involved in your local communities to raise awareness about T1D and engage in JDRF Advocacy efforts at your JDRF Chapter. The biennial JDRF ‘Promise to Remember Me’ Campaign and ‘New Member Outreach Initiative’ are great ways to tell your personal T1D story to your Federal Legislators and actively advocate for type 1 diabetes at home, in your local Congressional District.