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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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AMAZE Sex Education Video Series Is Making #MoreInfoLessWeird

AMAZE Sex Education Video Series Is Making #MoreInfoLessWeird

What first comes to mind when you think about sex education? Do you picture an awkward gym teacher fear-mongering young teens with terrifying pictures of active STI infections? Textbooks with inaccurate, medically incorrect information that’s funded with your tax dollars (a sad truth)? Or, what about school […]

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Young Parents Day 2016: Using Social Media to Change the Narrative

Young Parents Day 2016: Using Social Media to Change the Narrative

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 […]

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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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Why You Should <3 These 3 Orgs that Empower Youth

Why You Should <3 These 3 Orgs that Empower Youth

February is Youth Leadership Month, which is the perfect time to celebrate organizations who are working to do just that—empower young people! At YTH, we believe in the power of youth leaders and seek to amplify the voices of young people in tech and health. And we […]

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4 Apps for #TeenDVMonth that You Need to Know About

4 Apps for #TeenDVMonth that You Need to Know About

Did you know that one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner? Or that this rate is far above the rates of other forms of youth violence? February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, […]

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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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YTHINFO: Educating Youth About HIV Prevention via SMS

YTHINFO: Educating Youth About HIV Prevention via SMS

YTH is pleased to launch YTHINFO, a SMS campaign reaching youth weekly with HIV prevention information and resources tailored to their needs and lifestyles. Eighty-eight percent of young Americans age 13 to 17 have their own cell phone or smart phone or daily access to one, and […]

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New Youth Health Apps Featured at SXSW  

New Youth Health Apps Featured at SXSW  

Austin, Tex. just hosted the ever-popular South by Southwest (SXSW) conference where leaders in entertainment, technology and a wide range of fields convene to share and discuss the world’s freshest ideas. One SXSW competition caught our eye, the Impact Pediatric Health Pitch, in which four finalists showcased […]

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AIDSinfo Releases HIV Drug App

AIDSinfo Releases HIV Drug App

HIV is a complex disease in how it affects our bodies, and people living with HIV can have complicated medication schedules that include varying doses of different drugs to be taken at different times. Currently there are over 100 HIV-related drugs in existence. Managing HIV with medication can be […]

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Behind the Bedroom Door: The Real Sex Lives of Denver Youth

Behind the Bedroom Door: The Real Sex Lives of Denver Youth

The average American loses his or her virginity at age 17, during a stage of life that is marked by fluctuations in hormones that change our bodies, emotions and perceptions of ourselves. It can be a confusing time for many teens as they explore many new feelings […]

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YTH: Igniting Impact in 2014 and Beyond

YTH: Igniting Impact in 2014 and Beyond

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, the YTH team is grateful for another amazing year of advancing technology for youth health and wellness. As you know, time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been a busy year for YTH, as we commemorate our 1-year anniversary with our Executive […]

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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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Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A history of US sex education

Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A history of US sex education

How did you first find out how babies were made? This was the opening question from Dr. Potts’ speech at the launch of the UC Berkeley exhibit Birds do It, Bees Do It: a Century of Sex (Mis)Education in the United States on October 1, 2014 in the Berkeley Doe […]

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Back to School…and Beyond

Back to School...and Beyond

Over and over in issues of health, particularly sexual health, we run into the problem of education. It’s difficult to convince someone to use a condom or get that rash checked out if they don’t understand the consequences. In part, the issue needs to be addressed in […]

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Girl Zone Challenge!

Girl Zone Challenge!

GirlZone is an online community where teenage girls can be themselves. Members play games and take quizzes to build a unique floral profile. There are articles and advice on crafts, fashion, sex, movies, and so much more. Girl Zone recently came out with a new app, the Girl […]

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Amplify your Voice: Digital Storytelling for Social Change

Amplify your Voice: Digital Storytelling for Social Change

“The anthropologists got it wrong when they named our species Homo sapiens (‘wise man’). In any case it’s an arrogant and bigheaded thing to say, wisdom being one of our least evident features. In reality, we are Pan narrans, the storytelling chimpanzee.” ― Terry Pratchett, The Science of Discworld […]

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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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Seize the Data, Seize the Day

Seize the Data, Seize the Day

The Social Impact of Big Data, Mapping, and Infographics The term “big data” is almost ubiquitous these days—as well it should be. Every piece of information we enter into every new app we download, every time we visit a website, use a credit card, check into a […]

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Build Your Toolbox: Tech Solutions for HIV/STD Prevention and Treatment

Build Your Toolbox: Tech Solutions for HIV/STD Prevention and Treatment

Youth between the ages of 13 and 24 account for 17% of the US population, but 26% of its new HIV infections each year. 60% of those infected don’t even know it. How can we combat this epidemic? With the rise of computer and mobile phone use, […]

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#YTHHIV: A Conversation about Youth HIV Prevention

#YTHHIV: A Conversation about Youth HIV Prevention

Attention service providers! Community health workers! Educators! Medical professionals! Youth! You are all invited to participate in #YTHHIV, a live tweetchat hosted by YTH (@YTHorg) on Wednesday, June 25 from 10:30 – 11:30am, to discuss the many questions surrounding youth HIV prevention and sexual health. According to the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pro-Choice Health Tech for the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Pro-Choice Health Tech for the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States, I think not just about that access to a crucial sexual and reproductive health service, but also about choice and empowerment. And about the time in my life […]

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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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Preventing Violence and Abuse with Social Media and Mobile Phones

Preventing Violence and Abuse with Social Media and Mobile Phones

Call it by any name – teen dating violence, gender based violence, sexual assault, drama – we need to change our culture in order to stop the violence in our communities.

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