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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].

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.


At YTH, we advocate for youth opportunity in health and technology, so we’ve created a list of resources and organizations doing great work in these areas, hoping you ignite your passions for tech and health as a young person.


We’re incredibly excited to officially announce YTH Live 2017! Our annual conference will be held on May 7-9, 2017 in San Francisco, CA and feature the best in youth, technology, and health innovation. YTH Live brings together tech innovators, young leaders, researchers, funders and health professionals that […]


When we hear the words “teen parent,” we often think of cautionary tales about “babies having babies” or “irresponsible teenagers.” But for some young people, making their own reproductive choices has led to positive outcomes. Allowing young people to make sexual and reproductive choices free of stigma […]


In celebration of International Youth Day, we asked some of our young partners what leadership means to them.

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The YTH Youth Advisory Board identified mental health as the number one topic young people are concerned with today.

Part of the weekly YTH Staff Interview Series, where we are feature an in-depth Q&A with each member of our staff.


Young people are at the forefront of creating change around HIV in our society.


It’s important to remember that queer women are often excluded from sexual health conversations.


Digital storytelling can amplify the voices of LGBTQ youth of color.


Say hello to Between 2 Screens, a resource guide and video contest about privacy and online safety for teens 13-17.


Young activists from ReDefy inspired us and many YTH Live attendees by showing leadership on teen pregnancy and many other issues that matter to young people.

Relive the fun of YTH Live, and see how how young people took the lead at our conference through this Storify recap.

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April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, or #NYHAAD. Here are some important facts to know about HIV/AIDS and youth!


Did you know that March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month (#BHAM)?


Natasha is a young leader who has used tech for social justice, despite the roadblocks that young WOC face.


At YTH, we work in partnership with young people to advance health and support them as leaders in their communities. What better way to empower young leaders than to make them the face of YTH Live, the youth + tech + health conference? We’re thrilled to have […]

Get ready to learn, connect, and be inspired by partners, advocates, and experts in the field of youth, health, and technology.


Keep these youth-empowering organizations on your radar.

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Let’s take a look at four tech tools and communities you can use to create a more positive self-image.


Here’s a look at four of our favorite apps that have been developed to help to stop dating and domestic violence.


For National Condom Month, we’ve highlighted three outside-the-box videos.


On February 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, use the hashtags #BlackHIVDay and #NBHAAD to join the conversation.


Cervical cancer and HPV are completely preventable, and there are many free resources online and on social media that young people can use

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


See a schedule for YTH Live, the youth + tech + health conference.


Read full descriptions of YTH Live plenaries and breakout sessions.


See details about YTH Live plenaries and program highlights!


Amazing minds in health tech and youth advocacy will gather on May 7-9, 2017 in San Francisco for YTH Live.


YTH Live 2017 takes place at Bespoke in downtown San Francisco.

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


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


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


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


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


they2ze is a digital approach to connect transgender-spectrum youth to truly inclusive health services and peer support.


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


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


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


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).

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Join us on May 7-9, 2017 for YTH Live, the premier conference for trailblazing technology that advances youth health and wellness.

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

Teen Privacy and Safety Online - Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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