youth leaders

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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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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#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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No Holds Barred in Tech and Sex Ed

No Holds Barred in Tech and Sex Ed

  I was honored to be one of several experts asked by the New York Times to write about the best way to get sex ed and health information to youth. You can read my opinion about whether smartphone apps and other technology should be used to […]

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Spaces for Youth: Why I got rejected (rightfully) on my 20th birthday

Spaces for Youth: Why I got rejected (rightfully) on my 20th birthday

On April 7th, 2014, I turned 20 (eek!). I also tried to register as a member of an online sexuality and sexual health resource for teens and got rejected. They explained why: I’m no longer a teenager. I’m now in that murky area of young adulthood where I’m […]

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Why The SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision Matters for Youth

Why The SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision Matters for Youth

By Erin McKelle and Gloria Malone You probably have heard about the recent Supreme Court case involving craft retailer Hobby Lobby (Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby),which now allows employers to deny people contraceptive coverage based on their own religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby owners believed that Plan B, Ella, […]

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Textually Active: The Power of Mobile

Textually Active: The Power of Mobile

With Snapchat, WhatsApp, and more, texting almost feels like old news for some youth these days. In a landscape where everyone, from tweens to grandparents are texting, health professionals are just starting to scratch the surface of the many applications of mobile engagement. One of the most exciting developments […]

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YTH Youth Advisor Interviews Jackie Emerson of She’s So Boss

YTH Youth Advisor Interviews Jackie Emerson of She's So Boss

 Jacqueline “Jackie” Emerson is by no means a typical nineteen-year-old. Within the span of less than two decades, she has starred in a major Hollywood blockbuster alongside Jennifer Lawrence, started two organizations, and sang in a band! We were so fortunate to have her moderate the opening plenary on Youth […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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