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Young Leader Willy Mutabazi Shares His Top Moments From YTH Live

Young Leader Willy Mutabazi Shares His Top Moments From YTH Live

This year’s YTH Live conference was an extraordinary one; we had so many fantastic speakers, engaging conversations, lucrative giveaways, inspiring plenaries, and of course, great food. At YTH Live, we pride ourselves on not just talking the talk of youth empowerment, but walking the walk. Our conference […]

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Join Us at the National Sex Ed Conference to Growth Hack Your Social Media Strategy

In my six years of professional experience working in social media and marketing, the most common complaint I hear from organizations large and small is that they don’t have enough resources to devote to communications. Whether they are short-staffed, lack a marketing budget, or don’t have the […]

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ZonaSegura: Innovative App for Violence Prevention in Honduras

ZonaSegura: Innovative App for Violence Prevention in Honduras

This blog was originally posted on SVRI.org. To see the original post, click here: www.svri.org/zonasegura-innovative-app-violence-prevention-honduras Written by Jaclyn Shea, MPH “At 12 I experienced a drunken man touching me…. When creating the illustrations for the app I imagined I was talking to that young girl,” ~ Monica Andino, […]

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Get to Know Tech Journalist Jacob Ward, our YTH Live Opening Plenary Speaker

Get to Know Tech Journalist Jacob Ward, our YTH Live Opening Plenary Speaker

Jacob Ward truly embodies the meaning of a renaissance man; he is an accomplished writer and editor, NBC News correspondent, scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), television host, and former Editor in Chief of Popular Science magazine. His expertise in […]

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Modern-era healthcare problems require holistic solutions. That means pre-medical students need holistic educations.

Modern-era healthcare problems require holistic solutions. That means pre-medical students need holistic educations.

By: Ankit Hirpara This post is a part of a series of articles written by a member of our YTH Youth Advisory Board. If we look back in time, we can quickly realize that humans have been able to create amazing advancements in science, medicine, technology, and healthcare. For […]

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How Technology Can Help Young People Obtain Addiction Treatment

How Technology Can Help Young People Obtain Addiction Treatment

Written by: Cassidy Webb Asking for help while suffering from addiction can be terrifying. There is the fear of judgment, fear of change, and fear of admitting that you simply cannot do something on your own. Addiction is on the rise and is affecting people of all […]

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Trends That Will Shape the Tech Industry in 2019

Trends That Will Shape the Tech Industry in 2019

Written by: Taylor Ryan, CMO at Valuer.ai Technology continues to bring about major changes in all aspects of life. Digital is no longer merely a concept, as it has become completely ingrained into our culture. This, in part, has been brought on by the younger generations, who are […]

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7 Health Apps To Keep Youth Healthy in 2019

7 Health Apps To Keep Youth Healthy in 2019

By: Janaya Greene This post is the first in a series of articles written by a member of our YTH Youth Advisory Board.   Mobile applications have provided space for young people to build new relationships and express themselves, through a variety of social media platforms, apps, and […]

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Nearly a quarter of women have turned in Uber drivers for uncomfortable behavior

This blog was originally posted on Alarms.org. To see the original post, click here: http://www.alarms.org/uber-lyft-womens-saftey-report/. As children, it was drilled into our heads to never get into a car with a stranger. Now, it’s something we do with little hesitation. We rarely think twice when using an […]

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Designing ZonaSegura: a mobile solution to combat teen dating violence in Honduras

This blog was originally posted on SVRI.org. To see the original post, click here: www.svri.org/blog/designing-zonasegura-mobile-solution-combat-teen-dating-violence-honduras #16DaysofActivism 2018 Blog Series Written by Jaclyn Shea, MPH Young people in Honduras experience some of the highest rates of teen dating violence in the world. Almost one-third of the 15-19 year-olds who are […]

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The One Thing You Need to Know If You’re a Woman in Tech

Type “women in technology” in the Google search bar and you’ll see words like “we have a long way to go”, “gender pay gap” and “#MeToo.” This is perhaps unsurprising. Earlier this month 20,000 Google employees protested over how Google handles cases of sexual misconduct, gender inequality […]

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Solidarity Forever: Why You Should Sign Our Youth Advisory Board’s Solidarity Statement

Solidarity Forever: Why You Should Sign Our Youth Advisory Board's Solidarity Statement

At YTH Live 2018, the panel of young leaders that make up our Youth Advisory Board introduced their latest effort in youth activism, the YAB Solidarity Statement. Coming on the heels of the devastating Parkland school shooting, as well as, the student movement that has resulted from […]

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How Social Media Is Stamping Out the Stigma of HIV

How Social Media Is Stamping Out the Stigma of HIV

Social media may not be the traditional route for HIV prevention and advocacy, but it’s become one of the most important ones. Reaching young people on online platforms allows organizations to expand their reach and capabilities in working with these populations. Also, it gives young people a […]

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NorCal they2ze Tour – Summer 2018

NorCal they2ze Tour – Summer 2018

In an effort to spread the word about they2ze, YTH’s Director of Programs, Cara Silva, hit the road for a northern California (NorCal) road trip, where she experienced the beauty, the smoke (uh wildfires!), and the diverse communities that offer transgender-inclusive services in many of the rural […]

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10 Transgender Youth Who Are Changing The World

10 Transgender Youth Who Are Changing The World

By: Vianey Twyford, Shawn Reilly, and Trey Courts (members of our Youth Advisory Board) This past weekend was International  Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV). Every year on March 31st, transgender and gender variant people around the world share their photos and stories, in an effort to shed […]

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What Playing Chutes and Ladders with Rwandan Healthcare Providers Taught Me About Youth Friendly Care

As an over-packer in recovery, I have brought many unnecessary items with me on trips around the world. But as a seasoned human-centered design professional I knew that my suitcase to Rwanda needed to have not just sharpies and post-its to document quotes and takeaways during the […]

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they2ze SoCal Tour

Last week the YTH Team had the opportunity to present our they2ze mobile app at the Southern California Sexual Health Summit in Downtown Los Angeles. Along the way, Programs Director Cara Silva and I seized the opportunity to visit and connect with some truly amazing folks. The […]

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YTH Partners With GIAHC to Increase HPV Prevention

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 […]

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they2ze Development Update (ACIOP Blog)

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 […]

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Technology Is Crucial For Youth Sexual Health — Here’s Why

Technology Is Crucial For Youth Sexual Health — Here's Why

For most of us, our smartphone has turned into a secondary limb- we use it to stay in touch, work, read the news, track our steps, and educate ourselves…but what about educating ourselves about our own bodies? Sex ed is still too often kept in the dark […]

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5 Tips for a Successful YTH Live Abstract

5 Tips for a Successful YTH Live Abstract

Heard the news? Now through October 27, 2017, we’re accepting abstract submissions for the 10 year anniversary of YTH Live, the youth + tech + health conference. Are you a tech innovator? Youth health provider? Nonprofit? Startup? Something in-between? Well then, you’re invited to submit an abstract […]

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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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ZonaSegura ZonaSegura is a trauma-informed youth-centered innovative mobile solution to address teen dating violence in Honduras. Learn more about ZonaSegura on our program page.