Connecting families, educating communities, and supporting children living with diabetes

Who is DYS?

Diabetes Youth Services (DYS) is an independent non-profit organization that provides educational and supportive services for young people living with type 1 diabetes, their families, schools and communities throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

Our Mission

Connecting families, educating communities, and supporting children living with diabetes since 1984. 

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School Support

Our team of Certified Nurse Educators, Endocrinology Nurses, and Pediatric Nurses, many of whom are living with diabetes themselves, are here to ensure school staff feel confident in managing diabetes at school. These trainings are customized for your needs and DYS is proud to provide these trainings to local schools, daycares, and more at no cost to the family or school. 


Family Programs

Diabetes Youth Services (DYS) collaborates with the community to provide a variety of programs for the whole family! Meet other families living with type 1 diabetes at our Kalahari Waterpark Adventure, Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Games, Pool Parties, and so much more! Family programs are a great way to gain support from other families also facing the challenges of diabetes. 


Hot Shots Camps

Hot Shots Camp is a safe place for kids with diabetes to try a variety of firsts; some diabetes-related and some not. At some point, every child with diabetes has felt alone. At camp, they realize they are never alone! Campers return from camp feeling more confident in themselves and knowing they have a whole community to support them. 

2024 Hot Shots Camp Dates Announced!


Middle Shots: June 17-20, 2024

Big Shots: June 20-24, 2024

Little Shots Ohio: July 8-11, 2024

Little Shots Michigan: July 22-25, 2024


Registration will open in January 2024! Keep an eye out for more information.

Take Action!

Want to give back to your favorite non-profit? Explore all the ways you can help raise money for DYS and check out our annual Purse Bingo fundraiser! 

Recent DYS Events and Programs

Connect Leadership Retreat
November 3-5, 2023

Halloween Carnival
October 27, 2023

Thank you to our 2023 Corporate Partners: