YTH Live 2018
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New year, new partnerships! We’re excited to announce that we’re joining forces with The Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer (GIAHC) to create a new digital campaign that will educate and empower young people, in an effort to fight the impact of HPV-related diseases and cervical […]

To keep YTH up-to-speed and support us in developing new knowledge and relationships with technology, and to bridge the gap between nonprofits and the tech community, we are proud to announce the start of our inaugural Technology Advisory Board (TAB).

If you are an advocate for youth health and wellbeing, you need to know about multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) – innovative tools on the horizon to address a gap in the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls.

YTH provides a final update on their 2016-2017 ACIOP resource app, they2ze, and shares highlights and challenges associated with connecting transgender-spectrum youth, young adults, and providers with access to HIV and health-related referrals. You can see the original post on the ACIOP blog. they2ze is a mobile application […]

Health technologies allow young people who might not otherwise have access to the resources, tools, and information they need to keep themselves safe and advocate for their own health. Learn the latest research and insights to learn why.

Get 5 tips from the insiders at YTH on how you can submit a stellar abstract to our YTH Live 2018 conference.

they2ze Project Lead Chris Bannister sits down with Aaron Steinfeld of the Family Violence Law Center about the challenges that trans* youth face in finding inclusive providers, as well as the barriers to access that providers face in this space, too.

An interview with YTH's Lead Visual Designer about her vast experience working in design and production, her company TinkerCo, and her expertise in human-centered design.

An interview with YTH's newest staff member, Creative Digital Strategist Jimmy Rodgers, where we learn more about his background in communications, passion for environmentalism, and his forthcoming work at YTH.

This guest post from Pamela M. Anderson, PhD, a Senior Research Associate at ETR, explores the academic, social, and psychological reasons that youth don't often report instances of cyberbullying.

Our Executive Director Bhupendra Sheoran shares his experience of seeing youth HIV myths and invites those with innovative ideas to share them with the organization.

Bhupendra Sheoran

An interview with theyze Community Advisory Board member Tapakorn Prasertsith on their favorite feature of the app, how they feel an app like this would have helped them in his own personal journey, and their advice to someone who doesn't have access to inclusive resources.

An interview with YTH Youth Advisory Board member Martevia Bledsoe on her perspective of youth health in the technology age, as related to our TECHsex report.

A primer on what gender pronouns are, how you should use them, and why using the correct pronouns is important.

An interview with YTH summer intern Aileen So, discussing her role at the organization, experience in public health, and professional goals in her work.

An interview with YTH summer intern Joseph Negrido on his work, professional development, and passion for human health.

This is an interview with our Community Advisory Board member for they2ze, Aaron Steinfeld on our new app.

An interview with the newest member of the YTH team, Program Coordinator Chris Bannister on his background in sexuality studies, his work at YTH, and his first experience at YTH Live.

An interview with YTH's longtime employee and lead engineer Caryn Graves on her work in youth, tech, and health.

A recap of everything that happened at YTH Live 2017.

We spoke with Marilyn Young, Education and Youth Director, and Ashley McKay, Executive Director of Tunica Teens in Action. Read on to hear about their perspective on our study:

The app functions similarly to other crowd-sourcing review and networking sites, although the foundation for they2ze is much more than just leaving a good review.

To give you a sneak peek, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things we’re excited about as we move towards YTH Live 2017.

We spoke with Kristie Bardell, Program Manager of the Family Health Portfolio at LPHI, about her organization's involvement with our study, the implications of the research, and how providers can apply this information to their work with young people.

A letter from YTH’s Executive Director, Bhupendra Sheoran, on the current state of funding for youth health and communicating with funders at YTH Live 2017 to build a strategic response.

Bhupendra Sheoran

As a middle school STEM teacher, the past couple of months have given me great opportunities to push myself further and be of better service to my young people.

For those interested in learning more about cybersexism to take into your research, work, and activism around online communities and social justice, Bailey Poland's book HATERS is an important resource.

While prepping for YTH Live 2017, we pulled together some of our local knowledge to share with you about the City By The Bay.

In honor of Women's History Month, Youth Advisory Board member, Elisabeth Dee, shares with us her experience as a woman, her favorite inspirational women in history, what she wants gender equality to look like, and some resources for getting involved.

In preparation for YTH Live 2017, here are some of our favorite memories of conferences past

A little over a year after Jay and I began work on the latest version of YTH’s TECHsex research project, we are hitting the road again for a tour of our local partners in the South to share our findings, provide recommendations, and brainstorm with them about youth sexual and reproductive health and rights.

YTH is working with funding from the National Library of Medicine [NLM] to focus on reducing HIV among transgender-spectrum youth and enhancing overall transgender-spectrum youth health during the 2016-2017 AIDS Community Information Outreach Program [ACIOP].

they2ze CAB in action

Erin has worked as a writer, community manager, youth leader, consultant, and digital strategist for many organizations, including YTH partners Scenarios USA and The Positive Women’s Network, Adios Barbie, Bustle, Stop Street Harassment, Rewire, and more.

Erin McKelle

As pro-choice advocates and organizations, we need to continue to create spaces where women’s stories can be shared and amplified.

Laiah Idelson

We want to share some more details of these year-end highlights to show where we've discovered, what we've innovated, and how we've led.

YTH team

This week, we’re talking to YTH’s newest team member, Emma Schlamm, who just joined our full-time staff this January as our Program Assistant.

From consent and community to creative expression and accessibility, see how our Youth Advisory Board set the tone for 2017.

Program Coordinator Jay Lykens talks about the importance of PrEP, and YTH's recent project PrEPTECH.

How can mhealth be used to address cyberbullying? YTH and Vodafone partnered to lead a groundbreaking study of how cyberbullying impacts youth, which was used to implement a series of workshops with young people.

An interview with YTH's Director of Programs Cara Silva on her work, expertise, and passion for sexual health promotion amongst youth.

Cara Silva

Program Coordinator Jay Lykens is interviewed about his passion for trans and genderqueer youth health, his work in social justice, and his programming project interests at YTH.

An interview of YTH's Marketing and Administrative Coordinator Jade Lopez about her extensive resume, passion for young people, and impressive work at YTH.

A year ago, Jay and I were sitting in the conference room, reviewing the research guides from the 2011 study, preparing the follow-up in 2016. We found ourselves laughing hysterically at the outdated terms in focus group discussion guides. It was incredible to us how much had changed in the last five years, and this was just the beginning.

This week, we’re talking to one of our dynamic programming staff members, Laiah Idelson, who serves as our Program Officer. A graduate of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Laiah has worked on diverse public health initiatives across the globe, from facilitating health behavior change programs in Sub-Saharan Africa to working as a consultant for fertility startup Glow.

Laiah Idelson

An in-depth interview with YTH's Youth Innovation Program Officer Molly Pilloton, covering her extensive experience as a public health professional and what she looks forward to seeing at next year’s YTH Live conference.

From Alaska to Australia, and everywhere in between, women are more likely to experience violence from strangers, close friends and family alike. Whether it be physical, mental or sexual, women are subject to a particular violence that men are not.

Nick Newton, one of the current interns here at YTH, shared with us about the study, his experiences within the community, and what to do if someone is hesitant to start PrEP.

The AMAZE video series provides the answers young people want, and need, in an age-appropriate and relatable format.

Kristen Tilley of Planned Parenthood & director of Across the Line shares her experience of presenting her innovative project at YTH Live 2016.

Once I started at YTH and began investigating the state of cyberbullying among the young people we talked to across the United States, I had the same tight feeling in my chest when I would hear their stories.

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Amazing minds in health tech and youth advocacy will gather on May 6-7, 2018 in San Francisco for YTH Live.

Share your innovate project, research, or product that advances youth health & wellness through technology.

Take advantage of early bird rates and discounts for youth and students.

Connect with a high-quality, diverse audience of technology and health consumers.

YTH Live 2018 takes place at Bespoke in downtown San Francisco.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about YTH Live.

Need help convincing your boss to send you to YTH Live? Customize this letter template.

This diverse group of youth leaders and technology and health experts help shape our conference.

See details about YTH Live plenaries and program highlights!

Read full descriptions of YTH Live plenaries and breakout sessions.

An innovative approach to ending early marriage and enabling Malawian girls to finish school.

Drafted a national mHealth strategy to reduce unplanned teenage pregnancies in Guatemala.

The Digital Initiative for Youth (DIY) combines existing, in-person, group-based, comprehensive sexual health education with wraparound digital technologies.

TECHsex is a collection of data, statistics, stories, and perspectives on the experiences of youth, and how they interact with social media and technology, specifically related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

TECHsex logo

PrEPTECH is an integrated tech approach to increasing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake among young gay and bi men.

YTH conducted a national study to explore existing trends in cyberbullying among youth to provide information to policy makers, advocates, providers and funders to make evidence based decisions.

Amaze is aimed at VYAs to develop healthy attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors they need to navigate the critical transition between childhood and older adolescence.

CyberGirl Rwanda aims to use digital education tools to improve access to employment skills, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services for urban adolescents and support providers to give youth-friendly care.

Through an intensive human-centered design process, the YTH team developed a prototype of a game called Clinic Dash to provide youth with knowledge and skills to navigate a reproductive health clinic and build their self-efficacy to increase Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) access.

Between2Screens is an evidence-based campaign to address the root causes of cyberbullying experienced by today’s youth.

YTH has pioneered the use of text message reminder systems for medication adherence since 2004. Currently, our programs are operating in Colorado, Nebraska, and Oregon.

As part of YTH’s capacity building and leadership development, we work closely with the Cal-PEP Futures youth group to develop social media strategy and campaign to reach vulnerable youth and link them to Cal-PEP services

The YTH Youth Advisory Board (YAB) works with the YTH team to tackle health disparities among youth and young adults.

As part of YTH’s capacity building and leadership development, YTH is funded by Ford Foundation to provide high quality support to Ford’s national Sexual and Reproductive Health grantees to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of their social media campaigns.

YTH has demonstrated success in implementing a unique community consultative process to develop national level mHealth strategies for adolescent health.

With support from CDC, YTH partners with AP&I Wellness Center to provide national capacity building assistance to community based organizations that implement programs for HIV prevention among high risk communities.

StreetConnect assists homeless youth to locate, access, and rate vital services and resources.

YTH has provided backup support for three workshops of young women and girls telling the stories of their lives through video, music, and pictures.

A breakthrough mobile program that connects immigrant women to critical healthcare and domestic violence services.

Unete Latina domestic violence care mobile website

A Tumblr page for California high schoolers of color that combines pop culture and a positive, inspirational vibe.

Today is for Tomorrow Tumblr high school youth

An mHealth program that provides a private, secure way for people to set their own health reminders via customizable text messages.

Oregon Reminders medicaiton text messages

“Thanks to the creativity and vision of these developers, young people now have a new line of defense against violence in their lives.” Vice President Joe Biden

Circle of 6 domestic violence app phone

Just/Us uses social media to reach ethnic minority young adults to with discussions and information aimed at HIV prevention and intervention.

Just/Us Facebook Page HIV prevention and intervention

First of its kind in the nation, the award-winning SexINFO is a sexual health text messaging program for youth in San Francisco.

SexINFO youth sexual health text messaging

We've raised the visibility of youth health tech innovation locally, nationally, and globally through coverage in over 50 media channels, including CNN, MSNBC, The Guardian, Yahoo! News, The Huffington Post, The Journal of Adolescent Health, NBC, LatinoMSN and more.

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Amazing minds in health tech and youth advocacy will gather on May 6-7, 2018 in San Francisco for YTH Live.

Download the report and learn how to better address the privacy concerns of teens.

Research on how youth use social media, mobile phones, search, and websites to learn about sex.

Youth Health in the Digital Age white paper cover

Looking for HIV testing, birth control, or an expert health provider? Use this health clinic locator to find the nearest free or low-cost health services.

Health clinic locator mobile website

Fact sheets to help you manage your social media and new media, including Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

social media fact sheets how tos

Resources by YTH about sexual health, adolescent health, and technology.

Resources and reports on youth technology and heath

Where to get data on teen behaviors regarding alcohol, drug, and tobacco use as well as prevention tips.

teens alcohol drugs tobacco

Information on scientifically-tested foundations for developing new programs and research for youth health.

evidence based programs

Resources such as videos, fact sheets, and clinic locators for those working on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and public perception.

HIV AIDS adolescents

Information on optimal health services, health disparities, and social support and advocacy for LGBTQ youth.

LGBTQ youth health resources

Information on current mental health clinical trials, tools for educators, and free access to publications on adolescent mental health.

teen mental health

Learn how to effectively adopt and integrate new media and mHealth into youth health programs.

mobile texting youth health

These resources can help youth learn positive physical health they can carry into adulthood.

youth nutrition and physical fitness

Learn more about the current policies, debates, and issues in adolescent reproductive rights and sexual health advocacy.

adolescent sexual health advocacy

Where to go for a wealth of tools and data on STD and STI prevention for adolescents.

STD prevention health youth

Get data and scholarly articles on current trends, updates on policy and law, and tools for educating youth about reproductive health.

reproductive health birth control

Who's talking about latest news, research findings, and developments within the fields of youth health and technology.

social media youth health mobile