2021 Annual Report

Collaboration in times of crisis

From Our President & CEO

Janet Max, MPH, CHES

Our 2021 annual report remembers and celebrates our accomplishments, not the least of which is how we’ve been able to collaborate and work together despite the challenges of navigating the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because we know that when we stop doing things the same way they’ve always been done, and we give ourselves the space and freedom, everyone benefits.

Thank you so much for connecting with us this year and for all the work you are doing each and every day.  We see you and appreciate you.   


2021 was a year of connection and hope. 

True You Maryland brings together partners in six rural Maryland counties. Together, we’re working to advance the sexual health and well-being of youth here at home.

Activate curates, adapts, and creates evidence-informed, user-friendly resources by translating research to practice.

The only proven effective sexual health program designed with and for youth in systems of care.

Focusing on raising awareness and response to human trafficking to ensure human trafficking victims/survivors receive comprehensive trauma-informed care.

Storms & Blossoms: Navigating Parenting During the Pandemic

A year ago, we never imagined we’d still be navigating wearing masks, vaccines, and safety protocols that keep us, our loved ones, and neighbors safe while balancing our own lives. Add parenthood, working on the frontlines, and being home 24/7 to the mix, and it gets even tougher—especially for young parents who have had to traverse the foster care system as well.

That’s why ReSHAPING members Liz Aparicio, Svetlana Shpiegel, and Rhoda Smith along with Genevieve Martínez-García, Alexander Sanchez, Marissa Ventola, Amara Channell Doig, Michelle Jasczyński, conducted this PhotoVoice project from January to March 2021.

Storms & Blossoms showcases stories directly from foster care system alumni about parenting during the pandemic—their challenges, triumphs, and how they’re navigating challenging times while pregnant or parenting.

True You Maryland 

All young people have the right to the information and skills they need to protect their health. They deserve age-appropriate, medically accurate information. Young people deserve answers to their questions about sex and relationships, free of shame and stigma no matter who they are, where they live, or what their income is.  

True You Maryland brings together partners in six rural Maryland counties—Allegany, Washington, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester. Together, we’re working to advance the sexual health and well-being of youth here at home.

We know it takes more than just one program or one campaign to make change. That’s why all True You counties rely on diverse teams, bringing together young people, parents, health departments, local school systems, universities, community programs, and systems not typically engaged in adolescent health initiatives.


Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Data*


our Supporters

Mark Barbour

Marcha Boose-Welch

Aspasia Calivas Oosterwijk

Daryl Charrise

Melanie Cohen

Jim Egan

Donna Elliston

Nadine Finigan-Carr

Stu Flavell

Patti Flowers Coulson

Marsha Gilbert

Rae Hunter

Danielle Iacovelli

Effrosyni Kokaliari



Kulash Family Fund

Marissa Latini

Kelly Manges

Cindy Mason

Anthony Motyl

Valerie Parker

Jeraleen Peterson

Liz Quinnett

Lucia Sias

Rhoda Smith

Anthony Vela

Debbie Wengert-Rippetoe

Jamie Williams

Cheryl Wilfong



#HealthyTeen21 | Virtual Conference 2.0

When planning this year’s event and knowing it would once again be virtual, we reached out to our members and past conference attendees to hear what you wanted and what would be helpful for you right now. Thank you so much to those of you who took the time to share your thoughts.

We designed #HealthyTeen21 with this feedback in mind—we shortened the overall length, scheduled shorter sessions, and varied the content (we did our first ever podcast to help give our eyes a break). For each session, we asked ourselves–what is relevant to me today and how can I take it home? We wanted to make absolutely sure our attendees signed off with tangible, practical resources and strategies to put to work immediately.

More than a year into this pandemic life, we wanted to give ourselves time to pause and reflect. When we stop doing things the same way they’ve always been done, and we give ourselves the space and freedom to change, everyone benefits. One of the ways that we can do all of this—to “level up” as Dr. Tanya encouraged us to do—is to broaden our mindset for the intersectional world we live in. By following the advice that we heard from Andrea—to invest our time in making connections all the time—not just because we want something from someone. These connections are not just about who we know, but who knows us and what we’re doing.

Board & Staff

Our 2021 Board

Interested in joining our Board? We’re not currently recruiting, but if you’re interested in future opportunities, please let us know.

Rhoda Smith, PhD, MSW

Assistant Clinical Professor, Erikson Institute

Vice Chair
Shannon Rauh, MEd,
AASECT Certified Sexuality

Senior Consultant, JSI Research and Training Institute

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Anthony Vela

Project Manager, U.S. Department of Labor

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Brina Bolden, JD

Contracting Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Donna Elliston, DrPH, MSPH

Senior Consultant, John Snow Inc.

Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW

Director, Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing; Research Associate Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin

Patti FlowersCoulson

Public Health & Administrative Organizer, Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development, Inc. (BUILD)

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Marissa Latini

Associate Director of Development, My Friend’s Place

Anthony D. Motyl, LICSW

Director of Grants & Sponsored Research, Springfield College

Valerie J. Parker, MA, LMFT, LCSW

Executive Director, Young Families of Indiana Network, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County

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Marilyn Preston

Associate Professor of Human Services, Metropolitan State University

Zanny Regas
Zanny Regas, Nursing Student, ABSN-MSN

Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Candidate, University of Pennsylvania

Looking Ahead

Our Priorities for 2022


Wingman Suggestive Keyboard is an alternative keyboard for your phone that uses machine learning to help you tackle sexual conversations with ease.

Real Talk Evaluation

Real Talk modernizes sex education by capitalizing on youths’ desire to engage in peer sharing.

Many Ways of Being

Many Ways of Being is an inclusive, youth-centered curriculum focused on gender equity, healthy relationships, and safer sex practices.


Centering young people as valued experts in identifying challenges to create innovative solutions.

Learn More

Check out some of our other work.

Join us in creating a world where all young people lead healthy and fulfilling lives. 

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