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Breaking Down The Barriers to Inclusive Care: A Conversation with Aaron Steinfeld of the Family Violence Law Center

Breaking Down The Barriers to Inclusive Care: A Conversation with Aaron Steinfeld of the Family Violence Law Center

When it comes to transgender-spectrum youth (TSY) and providers, there are many barriers to access that make seeking inclusive care a challenge. The stigmas that TSY face from society can often be inadvertently recreated or misunderstood by their health providers, resulting in the inability for youth to […]

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From they2ze: An Interview with Community Advisory Board Member Tapakorn Prasertsith

From they2ze: An Interview with Community Advisory Board Member Tapakorn Prasertsith

You may have recently heard of our newest YTH tech innovation, they2ze–an app specifically designed for transgender spectrum identifying youth–but now we’re introducing you to the people who were involved with the early stages of development for they2ze.  We believe in involving youth in all of our […]

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A Youth Perspective On TECHsex

A Youth Perspective On TECHsex

You’ve heard the data, seen the findings, and read the full report (if you haven’t you need to download it now!). But, do you know what youth think about the findings in our TECHsex study? How they feel about online dating, social media, and finding health information […]

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Pronoun Primer

Pronoun Primer

Gender is often presented as a binary- a choice between he and she, male and female. In reality, gender is a complicated, nuanced process of identity that is filled with diversity- and that’s a good thing! One aspect of gender identity, which tends to get ridden with […]

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Staff Interview Series: Joseph Negrido

Staff Interview Series: Joseph Negrido

This blog post is a part of the YTH Staff Interview Series, where we are featuring an in-depth Q&A with each member of our staff. This week, we’re talking to Intern Joseph Negrido, who is joining our team for the Summer! Joseph is a psychology student at […]

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From they2ze: An Interview with Community Advisory Board Member Aaron Steinfeld

From they2ze: An Interview with Community Advisory Board Member Aaron Steinfeld

You may have recently heard of our newest YTH tech innovation, they2ze–an app specifically designed for transgender spectrum identifying youth–but now we’re introducing you to the people who were involved with the early stages of development for they2ze. We believe in involving youth in all of our […]

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Staff Interview Series: Caryn Graves

Staff Interview Series: Caryn Graves

This blog post is a part of the YTH Staff Interview Series, where we are featuring an in-depth Q&A with each member of our staff. This week, we’re talking to the clever Caryn Graves, who serves YTH as our Lead Engineer. Caryn has been with the YTH […]

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TECHsex Insight: Interview With The Tunica Teens

TECHsex Insight: Interview With The Tunica Teens

At YTH, we work alongside youth in our programs and projects, not only to give young people a voice on our platforms, but to ensure that our work is youth-driven every step of the way. For our TECHsex study, we had our Youth Advisory Board review focus […]

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they2ze: The Latest Tech Innovation For Trans-Identifying Youth

they2ze: The Latest Tech Innovation For Trans-Identifying Youth

by Chris Bannister As we prepare for the exciting launch of our latest initiative, we wanted to provide a sneak peek into our newest project, as well as provide some insight as to why we are so excited to launch it.  Read on for a detailed description […]

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Our Top 5 for YTH Live 2017

Our Top 5 for YTH Live 2017

As we approach the kickoff of our annual YTH Live conference, our office is alive with energy and excitement. In addition to an incredible lineup of speakers and a powerful roster of

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TECHsex Insight: Partner Organization Interview with LPHI

TECHsex Insight: Partner Organization Interview with LPHI

Our TECHsex study involved the input of over 1,500 youth through our online survey and focus groups, as well as collaboration with our great partner organizations. One such organization is the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), who works to uncover complementary connections across sectors to combine the […]

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Show Me the Funding

Show Me the Funding

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. Dear YTH community, We are going through an unprecedented time of change in youth-centered innovation. While the […]

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5 STEM Girl Geniuses You Should Know By: Shawn Reilly

5 STEM Girl Geniuses You Should Know By: Shawn Reilly

by Shawn Reilly 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. In February, we talked about Black narratives, saw Hidden Figures and discussed positive role models, […]

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HATERS: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online Gives A Harrowing Look At The Realities of Cybersexism

At YTH, we are dedicated to expanding online privacy and increasing awareness, but decreasing the prevalence, of online harassment and cyberbullying. We have worked on online privacy campaigns in the past that have been centered around youth-driven tech, created to empower their health and wellness online. One […]

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What To Do in San Francisco After YTH Live 2017

While prepping for YTH Live 2017, we pulled together some of our local knowledge to share with you about the City By The Bay. I like the ferry building! Coit tower is also great, you can take a pedicab over there which can be fun. I personally […]

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Women’s History Month Interview with YAB Member Elisabeth Dee

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. YTH: Who are your favorite women in […]

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11 Times We Loved YTH Live

In preparation for YTH Live 2017, here are some of our favorite memories of conferences past: 1) When you first get to San Francisco 2) When you see your hotel room 3) When you need that morning coffee to wake you up 4) When you and other […]

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TECHsex 2016: Dissemination on the Road

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 […]

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Transgender Spectrum Youth Health: they2ze Mobile App

Transgender Spectrum Youth Health: they2ze Mobile App

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]. In collaboration with the community, YTH is focusing on the HIV/AIDS epidemic […]

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Staff Interview Series: Erin McKelle

Staff Interview Series: Erin McKelle

This blog post is a part of the YTH Staff Interview Series, where we feature an in-depth Q&A with each member of our staff. This time around, we’re speaking to Erin McKelle, the Communications Associate at YTH. Erin has worked as a writer, community manager, youth leader, […]

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In Honor of Roe V. Wade: Pro-Choice Promotion for Youth

In Honor of Roe V. Wade: Pro-Choice Promotion for Youth

Written by Laiah Idelson At YTH, we believe all people, specifically young women, are capable of making their own choices about their health care and their future plans, especially around the difficult choice of whether to have an abortion. Polls show the majority of Americans agree with this […]

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2016 at YTH

2016 at YTH

2016 was quite a year for our organization. We’ve welcomed several new team members to YTH and expanded our programming; starting new projects in innovation and design, and traveling around the world to work with youth innovators from Rwanda to El Salvador. We want to share some […]

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Staff Interview Series: Emma Schlamm

Staff Interview Series: Emma Schlamm

This blog post is a part of the YTH Staff Interview Series, where we are featuring an in-depth Q&A with each member of our staff. 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 […]

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Health for youth in 2017

Our Youth Advisory Board welcomes you to 2017! We asked them what changes in youth, tech, and health they are looking forward to in the new year. From consent and community to creative expression and accessibility, see how they set the tone for 2017: In 2017, youth […]

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PrEPTECH: an interview with Jay Lykens

PrEPTECH: an interview with Jay Lykens

Program Coordinator Jay Lykens talks to us about the importance of PrEP, and YTH’s recent project PrEPTECH. YTH: What is PrEPTECH? Jay: PrEPTECH is an online program that makes it way easier to sign up for PrEP, otherwise known as Truvada, the daily pill for HIV prevention. […]

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Kicking off TECHsex

Kicking off TECHsex

TECHsex is YTH’s collection of data, statistics, stories, and perspectives on the experiences of young people. We want to know how they interact with social media and technology, specifically related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. A year ago, Jay and I were sitting in […]

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Meet the YTH Staff: Laiah Idelson

Meet the YTH Staff: Laiah Idelson

This blog post is a part of the YTH Staff Interview Series, where we are featuring an in-depth Q&A with each member of our staff. As the Program Officer at YTH, Laiah provides leadership and support for YTH’s global and domestic mHealth and capacity building projects. Along […]

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What You Need To Know For Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

What You Need To Know For Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

by Janaya Greene 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. Today is the International […]

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Nick Newton: a PrEPTECH interview

Nick Newton: a PrEPTECH interview

PrEPTECH is an online study for a fast, convenient pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake program tailored to the needs of young men who have sex with men (YSMS) of color interested in preventing HIV by using PrEP. Back in 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration approved daily […]

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What’s It Like To Speak At YTH Live? Kristen Tilley of Planned Parenthood Shares Her Experience

What's It Like To Speak At YTH Live? Kristen Tilley of Planned Parenthood Shares Her Experience

Every year, we bring together some of the best & brightest innovators in youth, tech, and health at YTH Live, to expand the conversations on public health, design platforms for youth-health, technology-based health solutions, and more. We’ve had a lot to show for it in participation and […]

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Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying

I have always loved working in schools In fact, when I was not managing public health research or programs, I was teaching in a classroom or writing curriculum for students. Before joining YTH in June, I was a high school Health Science teacher. I was fortunate enough […]

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3 Ways That A Young Person Can Ignite Their Passions For Technology & Health

3 Ways That A Young Person Can Ignite Their Passions For Technology & Health

It’s that time of year again; young people are getting re-focused into their studies and getting back into their academic routines. It’s also a great time of year to be exploring new horizons and learning new skills to add to your resume. At YTH, we advocate for […]

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YTH Live 2017 Announcement

YTH Live 2017 Announcement

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 […]

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3 Youth Innovators On What Leadership Means To Them

3 Youth Innovators On What Leadership Means To Them

Young people are at the center of YTH’s work, from design and testing of innovative health solutions to dissemination of findings. By working closely with youth, we’re better able to meet their unique needs and make sure the end result reflects their lived experience. In celebration of […]

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A Renewed Focus on Mental Health

The YTH Youth Advisory Board identified mental health as the number one topic young people are concerned with today. To better understand and address the mental health needs of youth, we are building staff knowledge and listening to youth and providers. Youth are talking about mental health […]

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3 Fast Facts about Queer Women’s Sexual Health

3 Fast Facts about Queer Women's Sexual Health

During LGBTQ Pride Month, it’s important to remember that queer women—lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or otherwise identified—are often excluded or erased from sexual health conversations. Young people have unprecedented access to health information online, and there are tons of opportunities to stay informed, whether through websites, apps, or […]

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#MyStoryOutLoud: Digital Storytelling for LGBTQ Youth of Color

#MyStoryOutLoud: Digital Storytelling for LGBTQ Youth of Color

YTH works to empower young people to advocate for health and social justice issues and give them a platform for leadership at YTH Live, the youth + tech + health conference. One of the most engaging campaigns featured at YTH Live 2016 was #MyStoryOutLoud, a digital storytelling […]

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Between 2 Screens: Privacy for the Snapchat Generation

Between 2 Screens: Privacy for the Snapchat Generation

Say hello to Between 2 Screens, a resource guide and video contest about privacy and online safety for teens 13-17 years old that helps them to live a happy, drama-free digital life. From managing app downloads to snapping selfies to disabling location-based services, Between 2 Screens helps […]

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ReDefy Youth Activist on Teen Pregnancy and Birth Control

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is coming to a close. Rather than talk about the declining rate of teen pregnancy or calling out campaigns that shame teen parents, we wanted to hear directly from young activists working on the issue of teen pregnancy. How are youth working to […]

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#YTHLive 2016: Youth Taking The Lead

#YTHLive 2016: Youth Taking The Lead

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3 Must-Know Facts About Youth HIV/AIDS

3 Must-Know Facts About Youth HIV/AIDS

April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, or #NYHAAD. Here are some important facts to know about HIV/AIDS and youth! Young people account for over a quarter of new HIV cases in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Alarming, yes. In some way […]

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5 Things to Know About Bisexual Health Awareness Month

5 Things to Know About Bisexual Health Awareness Month

Did you know that it’s Bisexual Health Awareness Month (#BHAM)? This month has been part of the Boston-based Bisexual Resource Center’s annual programming around health and wellness of bi+ populations for several years now, but this year’s theme, bisexual+youth, lends itself to the topics that YTH tackles […]

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From #NoTeenShame to Tech Leadership: An Interview with Natasha Vianna

From #NoTeenShame to Tech Leadership: An Interview with Natasha Vianna

We probably don’t have to tell you that women are marginalized in tech, but in case you’re not aware of how gender plays a role in these outcomes, women only hold 25% jobs in IT, make up just 28% of those who hold a BS degree in […]

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Youth Lead at YTH Live: An Interview With Emcees Past and Present

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 […]

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YTH Live 2016 Sneak Peek

YTH Live 2016 Sneak Peek

Before I joined the YTH team, I remember anxiously awaiting to hear about upcoming speakers and breakout session topics for YTH Live, the youth + tech + health conference. YTH Live always hosts the most innovative leaders in the youth health field, and each year I walked […]

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3 Condom Month Videos that Break the Mold

3 Condom Month Videos that Break the Mold

Wondering how to engage youth in conversations about condoms? It doesn’t have to be tricky. Condoms are part of our modern culture, and young people follow the age old trend of being more comfortable about sex than previous generations (don’t even get us started on sexting and […]

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Show that #BlackLivesMatter on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Show that #BlackLivesMatter on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The current #BlackLivesMatter movement, founded by three queer women of color, centers and critiques the experiences of police brutality and state violence faced by black people in America. In fact, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health are advocating for rates of police brutality and killings […]

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5 Cervical Health Awareness Month Resources for Youth

5 Cervical Health Awareness Month Resources for Youth

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about HPV, a leading cause of cervical cancer. Although 79 million Americans have HPV, many don’t know they have it or don’t have access to resources to find out or understand their status. Fortunately, cervical cancer […]

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Danielle Sepulveres Speaks Out for Cervical Health Month

Danielle Sepulveres Speaks Out for Cervical Health Month

January is Cervical Health Month, a time to spread awareness about HPV, which impacts over 79 million Americans, and is a leading cause of cervical cancer. Unfortunately, this issue has not received a lot of coverage in mainstream media, as actress, freelance writer, and comprehensive sex ed […]

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5 Resources for Engaging Youth in Reproductive Rights

5 Resources for Engaging Youth in Reproductive Rights

It’s been 43 years since the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal in the U.S. Today, young people are leading the fight to protect choice and advocate for reproductive justice. Looking to get the young people you work with involved in protecting […]

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