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Ever Feel “Out of Your League”?: On Impostor Syndrome and Youth Innovation

Ever Feel "Out of Your League"?: On Impostor Syndrome and Youth Innovation

Here is the opening plenary from YTH Live: This video captures the first panel at YTH Live, featuring six bright minds and young leaders making a difference in health and tech. When I saw it, I was awestruck and mostly speechless. It was absolutely thrilling to learn about my […]

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Preventing Violence with Youth Health Technology

Preventing Violence with Youth Health Technology

What is “violence” and how do we stop it? As a society, we often answer that question with the obvious: war is violent; we try diplomacy and economic sanctions. Football is violent; we give the players helmets and padding. Sexual assault, verbal assault, harassment, intimate partner violence, […]

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Youth-Driven Innovations in Health

Youth-Driven Innovations in Health

“Self-centered.” “Short-sighted.” “Can’t concentrate.” These words and more have been used to describe the latest group of adolescents, which many have taken to calling “the Selfie Generation.” It’s true that those of us who have grown up with cellphones and social networks have developed certain habits: we […]

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Welcome, Treva! Get To Know Our New Intern

Our Executive Director Jamia Wilson interviewed the newest addition to the YTH family, our intern Treva Obbard. Treva is a rising sophomore at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and quite possibly the world’s biggest The Colbert Report fan. Jamia and Treva discussed social media, stereotypes about […]

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You Can Do It! How YTH Live’s Social Media Lounge Helped Me Own My Expertise

You Can Do It! How YTH Live's Social Media Lounge Helped Me Own My Expertise

Are you a millennial?  Have you ever interviewed for a position where potential employers expected you to have an inherent ability for all things social media (but you’ve never blogged before or you’ve only used Twitter for keeping up with friends and celebrities)? I feel you. As a […]

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New Campaign Draws Attention to Microaggressions

New Campaign Draws Attention to Microaggressions

Microaggressions: small, common acts of aggression that can be verbal, behavioral, or environmental, often committed without the aggressor being aware. They happen to everyone on a daily basis, especially LGBTQ communities, women, and people of color. They are acts that do not need to be tolerated or accepted by […]

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Go Off “The bEATen Track”: Volunteering for A Youth Health Hackathon Is Worth the Effort

Go Off "The bEATen Track": Volunteering for A Youth Health Hackathon Is Worth the Effort

People often cringe when I tell them that I love teaching adolescents. If they could have been a fly on the wall at the YTH Health Hackathon, they would have understood my inclinations. Two hours after meeting each other—most of us for the first time—our group of […]

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YTH Youth Advisor Interviews Alex Medina of Answer

YTH Youth Advisor Interviews Alex Medina of Answer

If there is one person in the world who is the most passionate about working with youth, it is Alex Medina. Alex is currently the Coordinator of Web Content and Social Networking at Answer. Answer is an award-winning, national organization that provides invaluable sexuality education resources to […]

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Reflections on YTH Live 2014

Reflections on YTH Live 2014

This year, we convened our best YTH Live ever with our community’s support. We brought together over 400 of the brightest minds in youth tech health, welcomed 50 diverse and groundbreaking speakers, and showcased the latest youth health tech solutions with 15 sponsors and exhibitors. We’re grateful […]

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Inspired: Youth-Driven Innovation (YTH Live 2014 Opening Plenary Liveblog)

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Moderator: Jacqueline Emerson – She’s So Boss & Hunger Games‘ Foxface Panelists: Jack Andraka – Intel Science Award Winner Adora Svitak – TED2010 Speaker: What Adults Can Learn From Kids Niharika Bedekar – Founder of a group that educates girls on puberty Anthony […]

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Media Advisory: Youth Innovation in Health Tech at YTHLive

Media Advisory: Youth Innovation in Health Tech at YTHLive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Deb Levine [email protected] | (415)215-6184 April 3, 2014 MEDIA ADVISORY April 6-8th at the Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco Sunday, April 6th marks the start of YTH Live in San Francisco. The opening plenary, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, features the voices of dynamic young […]

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YTH Youth Advisor Interviews Hollaback’s Emily May

YTH Youth Advisor Interviews Hollaback's Emily May

Street harassment is a pervasive problem that affects almost every woman and LGBTQ person in our society and across the globe. Emily May, co-founder and Executive Director of Hollaback!, helped start the international movement to end street harassment. She is one of the brightest, most engaged feminist activists, […]

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Attending YTH Live? Join us at the Social Media Lounge!

Attending YTH Live? Join us at the Social Media Lounge!

This April, the brightest minds working in youth advocacy, health and technology will gather at YTH Live. Taking place on April 6-8 in San Francisco, this conference showcases new technologies that are advancing the health and wellness of youth, young adults, and other underserved populations. Over 600 […]

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Media Advisory: YTH Health Hackathon at REACH powered by LPFI

Media Advisory: YTH Health Hackathon at REACH powered by LPFI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      CONTACT:  Deb Levine [email protected] |(510)-835-9400 March 24, 2014  MEDIA ADVISORY  YTH, a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA, is coordinating a free health hackathon for Alameda County residents ages 11-24 to learn to code and create apps that address and solve adolescent health and […]

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Oregon Reminders: Paving the Way for Healthy Living with HIV

Oregon Reminders: Paving the Way for Healthy Living with HIV

At YTH Live 2013, I didn’t know what to expect when I attended Oregon Reminders’ presentation. I later wondered how I became hooked on the Oregon Reminders campaign only few minutes into the discussion. Why? Two reasons: 1. It is easy to sign up. 2. It helps to […]

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Innovations for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Innovations for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

As many as 24 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. Yet, there is still a great need for eating disorder awareness, as eating disorders are often normalized by the media and the conversations surrounding them often perpetuate harmful myths. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week was created by […]

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YTH Live TO FEATURE SHE’S SO BOSS HOST AND HUNGER GAMES FOXFACE, JACQUELINE EMERSON

 YTH Live TO FEATURE SHE’S SO BOSS HOST AND HUNGER GAMES FOXFACE, JACQUELINE EMERSON

INSPIRED: Youth – Driven Innovation = YTH Live Opening Conversation February 18, 2014, Oakland, CA YTH (youth+tech+health), advancing innovations in health technologies for young people, announced today that their April 6th conference, to be held at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, CA, will feature an opening […]

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Rubber Love: National Condom Month 2014

Rubber Love: National Condom Month 2014

This February, we have an entire month to give some extra love to the workhorse of the sexual health world: the condom! Of all the birth control available, the condom is the most frequently used method that not only has a high contraceptive rate (98% effectiveness rate […]

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Celebrating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, YTH Style!

Celebrating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, YTH Style!

February 7, 2014 marks the 14-year anniversary of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)—an initiative that established a day of action for African American communities to do the following: Get educated about the basics of HIV and AIDS in and out of their local communities. Get tested […]

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Networking Worries? Professional Development Tips for College Students

Networking Worries? Professional Development Tips for College Students

Networking. It’s that awful word that causes college students and other young people to cringe. It’s a painful reminder that our days of laying back, doing homework, and taking naps during the day is about to end the moment we graduate and enter “the real world.” I […]

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Drug Use & Co-Occurring Disorders: How Can Social Media Help?

Drug Use & Co-Occurring Disorders: How Can Social Media Help?

  Each year, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) works to shatter myths teens have about drugs and substance abuse. Through their National Drug Facts Week, they provide a chat between students and scientists, contests, and events. This year, I’m using NIDA’s week to discuss and raise […]

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A Force for Good: Health Tech Innovation at YTH Live 2014

A Force for Good: Health Tech Innovation at YTH Live 2014

Who is inventing the next life-saving technology? How can we unleash more startups and entrepreneurs on social problems? What big dreams do innovators have for using technology to advance health and wellness? It’s hard to believe that mobile communication and wireless technology have been around for 40 […]

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9 Sexiest Jobs in Public Health

9 Sexiest Jobs in Public Health

January is National Mentoring Month, and one way I like to spend my time is mentoring people who want jobs or internships in public health, youth health, or health tech, but aren’t sure how to get started. Working in the field of public health can actually be […]

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National Bullying Prevention Month: Beyond bullying facts, stories, slogans, and campaigns

National Bullying Prevention Month: Beyond bullying facts, stories, slogans, and campaigns

An initiative of the Pacer Center, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Personally, I am a bit of a skeptic about the abundance of bullying campaigns, stories, and slogans these days. My kids, as part of an Oakland Unified School District initiative, saw the video Bully in […]

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Back to School: College Students Wise Up

Back to School: College Students Wise Up

If you’re a parent of a college student, forget about notebooks, binders and pens, and think condoms and mobile apps when you think back to school.

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Online Sex Education Using Social and Mobile

Online Sex Education Using Social and Mobile

With all the money pouring into online interactive education, you’d think online sex ed would have been tackled by now.

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Sticks and Stones…and Words That May Harm You: Disempowering Bullying

Sticks and Stones…and Words That May Harm You: Disempowering Bullying

Reality show contestants have said damning things on webcam that they don’t show you on TV.

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Is Teen Pregnancy a Public Health Issue or a Choice? Social Media Debates

Is Teen Pregnancy a Public Health Issue or a Choice? Social Media Debates

There’s been a quietly brewing debate about teen pregnancy in the US: Is it a public health issue or a race and class issue? Social media campaigns weigh in.

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Do We Still Need LGBTQ Pride in June? H*LL YES!

Do We Still Need LGBTQ Pride in June? H*LL YES!

Pride. June is the month when LGBTQ Pride events are happening all over the country,most likely in your city, too. Did you ever wonder whether we still need Pride parades anymore? I don’t, because I know we need them.

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National HIV Testing: Adding Social and Mobile

National HIV Testing: Adding Social and Mobile

This year National HIV Testing Day gives us pause to reflect. 30+ years in, and there is still stigma around HIV testing. It’s time for a change.

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INNOVATE: NEXT
NEXT is a mobile responsive website to facilitate access to preventive services, including STD prevention, sexual health resources, and other social services for youth exiting supervised care systems (YESCS) like foster care and/or the juvenile justice system.
Learn more about this YTH project