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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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Staff Interview Series: Jay Lykens

Staff Interview Series: Jay Lykens

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 talking to Jay Lykens, YTH’s Program Coordinator. He has an extensive background working as an advocate for LGBTQ sexual […]

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Staff Interview Series: Jade Lopez

Staff Interview Series: Jade Lopez

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 time around, we’re talking to Jade Lopez, YTH’s Marketing and Administrative Coordinator. A global health and development professional, Jade has experience […]

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Staff Interview Series: Molly Pilloton

Staff Interview Series: Molly Pilloton

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. For this installment, we’re talking to Molly Pilloton, YTH’s Youth Innovation Program Officer. Molly brings over seven years of experience in public […]

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Meet the YTH Staff: Emma Pence

Meet the YTH Staff: Emma Pence

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, weekly. This week, we’re talking to one of our newest team members, our Summer Intern Emma Pence. A third-year student at Virginia […]

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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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5 Tips for a Successful YTH Live Abstract

5 Tips for a Successful YTH Live Abstract

Editor’s Note: This blog contains dates for YTH Live 2016. For dates about YTH Live 2017 abstract submission, click here. Heard the news? Now through October 30, 2015, we’re accepting abstract submissions for YTH Live, the youth + tech + health conference. Got an innovate app, social […]

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Three Ways Youth Are at the Heart of YTH Live

Three Ways Youth Are at the Heart of YTH Live

Young people are at the center of YTH, which is what makes YTH Live so special. Looking back at this year’s conference, I saw that once again, youth were involved every step of the way, from planning and moderating panels to presenting and participating as attendees. YTH’s Youth […]

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Comfy Couches and My First Tweet with the #YTHLive Social Media Lounge

Need convincing on why you should come to the Social Media Lounge at YTH Live? Just ask Clarissa Herman—a Twitter n00b when she came to the Social Media Lounge in 2014. This year she’s returning to YTH Live to talk about delivering sexuality education online. This is […]

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First Annual Deb Levine Youth Innovator Award

First Annual Deb Levine Youth Innovator Award

YTH has achieved many things since it was founded by Deb Levine in 2001. Deb served as executive director for the first 12 years of the organization, which is now under the leadership of Bhupendra Sheoran. In recognition of her contributions to YTH and to the field of public […]

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Social Media Lounge Returns to YTH Live 2015!

Social Media Lounge Returns to YTH Live 2015!

Improve Your Social Media Skills Interested in using blogs, podcasts, Facebook and Twitter, but not sure where to start? Want to increase your organization’s reach? If you are attending YTH Live, volunteers from YTH’s Youth Advisory Board will be available to answer your social media questions in […]

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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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New in Tech: CES & YTH Live 2015

New in Tech: CES & YTH Live 2015

In early January 2015, the much-celebrated annual Consumer Electronics Show took place in Las Vegas. The trade show attracts the top consumer technology businesses which showcase their freshest innovations. Big trends in this year’s offerings were the Internet of Things (IoT) – and the potential insecurity of […]

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IGNITE: 10 Overexcited YTH Live Participants

IGNITE: 10 Overexcited YTH Live Participants

YTH Live 2015’s theme is IGNITE. We’ll inspire one another to switch on, generate energy and ideas, and shine brighter in this world. Some folks have been taking the theme a little seriously though, and have been igniting their lives in, um, different ways… We’d love to […]

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10 Reasons Why You Need to Attend YTH Live

10 Reasons Why You Need to Attend YTH Live

I’ve been in attendance at YTH Live for the past two years and I have to say that it’s one of the most interesting, dynamic conferences I’ve ever been to. Not only does it engage you on an academic level (trust me, you’ll learn a lot!), but it […]

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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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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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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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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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Closing Plenary: The Future of Online Feminism

Moderator: Jamia Wilson, YTH Executive Director and member, #femfuture The feminist movement has frequently been declared dead by mainstream media. “Where’s the young feminists?” Online feminism uses the power of social media and the internet to uplift young women. #femfuture is an experiment in movement building that […]

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Texting That Can Save Lives (Monday afternoon plenary liveblog, YTH live 2014)

*Nancy Lublin: Texting that Can Save Lives* Monday April 7th Plenary: 1:30-2:15pm Mapping Big Data, Infographics and other Good Stuff* Data, data, data. How do we cut through the clutter? With visuals, of course. Whether using geolocation data to map trends and epidemics, or using research data in […]

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Monday morning plenary: The Doctor is In … Your Bizness

Monday, April 7th 10:00-10:05am *Wellet: A Wellness Program for Universities and their Students* Betsy Eble, Wellet – @wearewellet Passion inspires all of us – and you guys are really passionate, so I’m super excited to be here. You are using honesty & empathy to change the world […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Join the Health Tech Revolution: Get Involved in YTH Live 2014

Join the Health Tech Revolution: Get Involved in YTH Live 2014

If you’re creating amazing new tools, devices, or apps, or are finding creative ways to use or think about data to advance the health of youth, young adults, and other underserved communities, we invite you to get involved in YTH Live on April 6–8, 2014 in San […]

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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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Reflecting on YTH Live 2013

Reflecting on YTH Live 2013

Over at YTH, there was much anticipation and excitement leading up to YTH Live 2013, yet once it began, everything seemed to happen amazingly fast!

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Liveblog: Kaiser Permanente Youth Theatre Program — Secrets

When you don’t have it you don’t think about it; when you do have it it’s all you think about.

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Liveblog: mHealth for Youth Track — Text Messaging Success

The way to engage with teens is through 2-way communication in fully integrated campaigns, with a group you understand. Your decision about what to do should depend on YOUR GOALS and your audience.

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Liveblog: Curricula: In Classroom & Out

When we talk about “comprehensive sex ed” it frequently means we talk about birth control & just throw in some anatomy. Comprehensive is a big word – how can we re-envision that to be something better? .. and how can we be funny, clever, & a voice that teens hear?

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Liveblog: FOCUS: Using Social and Mobile to Normalize HIV Testing

HIV FOCUS program’s goal is to support CDC-recommended routine HIV screening as a standard of care, to reduce the number of people who don’t know their status, and change public perception about HIV. Hear from our local partners.

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Liveblog: Big Data: Interpretations for Youth + Tech + HIV

Be ethical: big data has significant implications for civil rights & society. handle with care & be responsible. Protect the privacy of people & their health information.

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LiveBlog: Mobile for Sensitive Issues: Abortion Stories

We trust women to give birth & deal with miscarriage – why do we not trust women to take the abortion pill, control their bodies, “handle” information about their options?

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Liveblog: It Takes A Village (+Google): High Tech Approaches to Reducing Teen Pregnancies

We needed to recognize that it was a difficult choice although a positive one.
We needed to recognize that teens needed to feel control over this choice.
These things were key to our story.

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Liveblog: YTH Live Keynote by Deb Levine, ED of YTH

The Y-T-H name is new but our commitment to educating & advocating for young people is stronger than ever.

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YTH Live Plenary Liveblog!

You have to have conversations for consensual sex. I’m really interested in the messy bits, the physical bits, the awkward parts, the parts we don’t talk about. – Erica Lorraine

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Watch the YTH Live Plenary via Livestream

If you can’t make it to San Francisco, you can watch the plenary addresses via Livestream here. Use #ythlive to chat about it and ask questions of the speakers.

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YTH Live 2013

YTH Live 2013

Welcome to San Francisco. This is our sixth year getting together to learn, discuss, and connect about youth + tech + health.

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