YTH Live: the youth + tech + health conference

Plenaries & Program Highlights 2016


Opening Plenary

Youth, Storytelling and Social Impact: Our Power and Responsibility to Drive Social Change

Morgan Saylor has played a variety of characters on screens small and large during her career, giving the young actress insight into the importance of youth, mental and physical well-being, and the influence of narrative in inspiring action and change. Her talk will highlight the novel Only Ever Yours, a collaborative social impact campaign between Killer Content and YTH which leverages youth-centered health design to multiply the impact of storytelling, the voices and the solutions of young people and establish a new template for social change.

Morgan SaylorAbout Morgan

Morgan Saylor received rave reviews at Sundance for her daring performance in Elizabeth Wood’s debut White Girl, which was produced by Killer Films and sold to Netflix for theatrical release later this year. She will also star opposite Nick Robinson in Rob Reiner’s upcoming independent feature Being Charlie, which will be released in May.

Last year, she appeared in Carter Smith’s film, Jamie Marks Is Dead, and also as Kevin Costner’s daughter in Disney’s McFarland, directed by Niki Caro. Saylor starred for three seasons as the sullen, abrasive, and rebellious daughter on Showtime’s critically acclaimed series, Homeland.

Saylor has been acting professionally since age 11. Born in Chicago, raised in Georgia, Saylor is currently attending the University of Chicago.

Youth Market Insights and Social Media Strategy: Reaching Youth with Powerful Content

You have 10 questions in 10 minutes with Gregg Witt, Chief Engagement Officer at Immersive Youth. In this session , Gregg will answer burning questions from the audience about current social media and technology trends among Gen Z youth and share strategies to reach them with powerful content that makes and impact.

Gregg WitGregg Witt is an youth insights and social marketing expert with an uncanny ability to help consumer-oriented brands be more relevant with tweens, teens and young adults. He has spent 15 years in consumer insights and digital marketing, consulting for more than 100 companies during that period. His current agency, Immersive Youth, provides authentic insights, innovation, and social marketing for leading companies such as Walt Disney World, Autodesk, Qualcomm, FunnyOrDie, HBO, Nitro Circus, Red Bull, Bravo Sports, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and more.

For over a decade Gregg has been director and hands-on leader of Youthvine—a proprietary online network that enables brands to rapidly and cost-efficiently engage tweens, teens and young adults for insights, co-creation, and youth-powered marketing.

Youth Innovator Award Recipient 2016: Trisha Prabhu

In recognition of our founder Deb Levine’s contributions to the field of public health and technology, YTH will be presenting the annual Deb Levine Youth Innovator Award to a young person who has shown exceptional leadership in tech health innovation.

Trisha-resizedTrisha Prabhu is a 15-year-old high school student, STEM innovator, social entrepreneur, speaker, and founder of ReThink, an effective way to stop cyberbullying. ReThink is a non-intrusive, innovative, patented software product that stops cyberbullying before the bullying occurs. Inspired by the news story of the death of an 11-year old girl that committed suicide because she was repeatedly cyberbullied, Trisha took on the cause to find a solution to stop cyberbullying.

Trisha has travelled the world spreading the ReThink message at global platforms such as TEDxTeen (London), TEDxGateway (Mumbai), The White House Science Fair, Aspen Ideas Festival, La Ciudad De Las Ideas (Mexico), and various national and international forums, schools and universities. Trisha was selected as a Global Teen Leader by We Are Family Foundation. She has won several awards for her effort, including the Global Anti-bullying Hero Award and Anti-Bullying Champion award from Princess Diana Awards, UK. She also received the Daily Points of Light award for extraordinary volunteering from President George H. W. Bush’s foundation and Upstander Legacy Award from Tyler Clementi foundation. Trisha was selected as Global Finalist at the world-wide Google Science Fair competition in 2014 and winner of the MIT Inspire 2016 Award for her ReThink product

Trisha has successfully rolled out ReThink on Android and iOS devices as a free app. She is currently working tirelessly to roll-out the ReThink app to every mobile device and desktop computers in schools and communities at no cost to them. In order to engage her fellow adolescents in the ReThink movement, Trisha has created a ReThink Ambassador Program where students can become ambassadors and spread the ReThink movement at their schools to conquer cyberbullying.

State of Our Youth Health, presented by YTH’s Youth Advisory Board

What are the health issues that matter most for today’s youth? The YTH Youth Advisory Board (YAB) are sharing authentic insights and perspectives on technology, health, and how adults can better meet the needs of youth.


Attendees and presenters at YTH Live are developing groundbreaking technology to advance the health of young people—and you get to try it out! TECHCHECK is a hands-on session where YTH Live participants can explore new technologies—including apps and platforms for health, research, social skills, contraception and more—and chat with the people who helped create them.

TECHCHECK Plenary: The Instaculture of Today’s Millennials

Instagram is one of the most widely used photo and video sharing platforms with over 400 million users, many of them aged 35 and under. Discover how millennials have influenced the way we use Instagram, learn about current trends in photo and video sharing from the community, and find out how you can create content that drives your organization forward.


Kristen Carlson is a Brand Development Manager with Instagram where she works with advertising partners on their Instagram marketing strategies. She has been with Facebook for almost 8 years, previously in Sales and Global Agency Partnership roles. Prior to Facebook Kristen spent 4.5 years with Google in Advertising Sales. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband, two young boys and faithfully supporting the Warriors and the 49ers!

Closing Plenary

Youth-Led Innovation for SRH: Sao Paolo, Brazil

Last year YTH, PAHO, and Sao Paolo Secretariat of Health came together with youth leaders in Sao Paolo to develop a strategy for youth sexual and reproductive health. Through an intense youth-centered design process, a mHealth strategy was formulated. The first step of that was a national app development challenge for youth. Meet the winner of the app challenge during this plenary presentation and learn more about the process.


Lia Pinheiro, MS, Clinical Psychologist
Jonatan Galante, Adolescent App Challenge winner

Youth and Yelp: Yelping for Health

In this session, Miriam Warren, VP of New Markets at Yelp will share how Yelp has become the go-to place for youth to find health related services and influence quality through feedback and reviews. With close to 10 million youth on Yelp, providers can now use Yelp to reach youth with critical services and resources. Come to this plenary talk and learn how you can create a powerful Yelp profile and engage youth that need your services.

Miriam-resizedAbout Miriam

Miriam Warren, Yelp’s Vice President of New Markets, helps to make Yelp work all over the globe. She has helped launch and grow Yelp in more than thirty countries and fifteen languages, from North America and Europe to Asia and Latin America. Miriam’s focus is on targeting the right countries, finding the best cultural fits, partnering with top-notch data providers, localizing the product across multiple platforms, and building home-grown communities of dedicated users. Her work helps Yelp make the world smaller for everyone no matter where they live or what language they speak.

Youth-Driven Social Marketing for Health, presented by Connected Health Solutions

Connected Health Solutions will work directly with young people at YTH Live during Sunday’s MyMediaLife workshop to envision, design, script, and produce their own professional social marketing campaign while changing behaviors and enhancing cognitive behavioral skills in participants. CHS will then present the filmed and edited campaign during Tuesday’s closing plenary and share insights about the process. Don’t miss this closing plenary—one lucky winner will have a chance to win an iPad mini!


Emily Hanlen has worked with Connected Health Solutions for the last two years, where she teaches young people about the power of new media. Before beginning her work with CHS, Emily was a public school teacher in East Harlem. She has an MPH from NYU and an M.Ed. from Lehman College. She lived in South Africa for a year where she learned to speak Xhosa and bungee jumped off the (then) highest jump in the world. She is thrilled to be speaking at YTH Live again this year!

Kenny-resizedKenny Shults is the Principal and owner of Connected Health Solutions, Inc. He is from New Orleans but started his career working with youth as a youth Planned Parenthood peer educator in Austin, TX. In the twenty plus years since that time (Kenny claims he was eight when he got started) he has helped: start a homeless youth organization; found a needle exchange for IDU youth; build the capacity of hundreds of youth service providers in their efforts to implement EBP’s; and create countless programs that merge new media and behavioral-science informed approaches to inspire young people to use digital media to help their peers. Kenny got a degree in psychology from a school for social activists in San Francisco while working as an actor until he moved to NYC in 2002 to return to public health. In addition to running CHS he also performs stand-up comedy around the country.

Youth Meetup

Are you 25 and under? Join us for the YTH Live Youth Meetup! Hosted by YTH’s own Youth Advisory Board, come to the Design Lounge on Sunday night at 6pm for a unique opportunity to connect with other passionate youth in the field. Be prepared for great networking, a chance to have a professional headshot taken, and to go wild in front of the camera at the Selfie Station. Join this youth-led session that has been organized and created for youth!

Design Lounge, sponsored by Connected Health Solutions

Welcome to the Design Lounge, sponsored by Connected Health Solutions, a space to unwind and recharge in between sessions at YTH Live. Smile for the camera at the Selfie Station, sponsored by Bedsider. And don’t miss out on youth-centered workshops and flash TA sessions that will help you to authentically engage with youth online.

Flash Sessions

Join Connected Health Solutions in the Design Lounge for these 10 minute TA sessions that will inform, entertain, and inspire you to be a more effective marketer.

How to Make a Good #Hashtag
Hashtags are a fun way to engage your audience, but they can also be appropriated and used in ways that undercut your goals. Let us help you attain #hashtag success!

Why Going Viral Isn’t a Measure of Success
Sure, 4 million hits would be nice, but are you reaching the right people? Learn how new media marketing can help you target the right audience and increase access to services.

Preventing Digital Disasters: A Teaser!
Get a taste of Connected Health Solution’s dynamic youth development program Preventing Digital Disasters, a fun, and judgement-free approach to thinking critically about new and social media behaviors.

Film Track, sponsored by Killer Films Media

Film track breakout sessions feature programs and campaigns that use PSAs, videos, or short films to address health issues. Sit back, relax, and enjoy powerful stories that captivate the audience.

Health and the Moving Picture
Health projects are more engaging and effective when they’re visible. These programs and projects use short-films and videos to amplify their impact on youth health.


Janaya Greene, Youth Advisory Board Member, YTH

Julia Bennett, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Documenting Gender
What does gender mean to you? These films push viewers to critically examine gender norms and advocate for a more understanding and inclusive society.

Trauma and Conflict: A Look at Children and Immigrant Families
Trauma and conflict can have far-reaching impact on people’s lives, especially for the most vulnerable. These films examine how families cope when living under long-term stress and how it ripples through communities that are struggling to survive.


Rey Godoy, A.D. Productions LLC

Clemantine Wamariya

WORKSHOP: Homies Help Homies: Solidarity, Participation, and Youth Making Media
In this participatory session, led by a Scenarios USA youth leader & adult ally, you’ll learn how to help youth support LGBTQ peers in response to microaggressions and other negative messages. Using our Youth Media Corps’ film, game and Snapchat work as a guide, join us as we engage in three youth-designed, hands-on activities that can be used to authentically support youth in making their own media.


Alyssa Vera Ramos, Scenarios USA
Patricia “Nala” Frazier, Scenarios USA

WORKSHOP: Virtual Reality as Empathy Amplifier: A Virtual Journey through Anti-Abortion Protestors
By harnessing the immersive, first-person quality of virtual reality, we can create deep emotional impact that challenges and expands our perspectives. This session will explore the collaboration between Planned Parenthood, virtual reality filmmakers, and researchers to create and measure the impact of virtual reality experience Across the Line, that puts viewers on the scene with anti-abortion extremists trying to intimidate patients seeking sexual and reproductive health care. Recently featured at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, Across the Line is part of ongoing efforts by Planned Parenthood and other sexual and reproductive health organizations to reduce stigma and change the conversation around safe and legal abortion.


Julie Young, Emblematic Group
Kristen Tilley, Planned Parenthood
Madeline Blodgett, The Sea Change Program

Tai Chi

Join us on Monday, April 25 for an early morning invigorating Tai Chi session with Caroline Lew, a native of San Francisco and certified Tai Chi instructor. Caroline has been practicing many styles and forms of Tai Chi for over 20 years, focusing on Yang and Sun form along with the sword and ruler. She currently teaches the Sun form at various locations in San Francisco and has been working with seniors and people with disabilities.

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