2022 Annual Report

Daring to Dream

From Our President & CEO

Janet Max, MPH, CHES

We know that these last few years haven’t been easy. We’ve collectively adapted to pandemic life, shifting our work to adapt to remote work, and dealing with the aftermath of the Dobbs decision and the overturning of Roe V. Wade.

While it’s been a rollercoaster of a year, we’ve seen pockets of joy, and we are grateful we have been able to push forward together to advance social change.

And we want to thank you—our members—who keep us energized and connected in this important work. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our project partners, colleagues across organizations, and community supporters out in the field working with young people. Each and every one of you is crucial in this field, and we’re grateful to be able to collaborate and uplift each other’s work.


2022 was a year of collective dreaming and collaboration. 

Many Ways of Being

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

Real Talk Evaluation

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

True You Maryland

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.

U Choose

U Choose is a collaborative approach to providing evidence-based sexuality education and youth-friendly reproductive health services to Baltimore City youth.

Many Ways of Being | Curriculum and Digital Components

The aim of this project was to adapt and combine the Manhood 2.0 and Sisterhood 2.0 curricula to create a new sexuality education curriculum accessible to and inclusive of all youth, regardless of their gender identities, all while maintaining a gender transformative lens. The result is Many Ways of Being. In addition to the typical classroom activities, participants will have access to a digital component of the program (via social media), used to engage them in and bolster their understanding of the content outside of the classroom.

The curriculum incorporates gender transformative approaches, while being accessible to youth of any gender identity. Previously, Manhood 2.0 and Sisterhood 2.0 offered single-gender spaces, while Many Ways of Being aims to be inclusive of all. Youth have been involved along the way as we developed the curriculum as well as the digital components of the project.

Communication is Key | Collaboration with U Choose 

If you want to have sex, you and your partner (or partners) should talk about how you will prevent STIs. Before having sex with each other for the first time, you should get checked for STIs.

This video shares some tips to help you confidently have these important conversations.


Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Data*


our Supporters

Bart Bombay

Susan Braun


Bridget Casey

Kimberly Culp

Linda Davis

Linda Dawkins

Roberta Domres

Tracey Ebony

Jim Egan

Donna Elliston

Marc England

Patti Flowers-Coulson

Lora Fults

Lillian Harris

Lori Houck Cora

Leah Huddleston

Andy Jaehrling

The Kulash Family Fund

Marissa Latini

Kathleen Long

Amena Mitchell

Anthony Motyl

Jessica Murison

Patricia ONeal

Pat Paluzzi

Sarah Parr

Marilyn J. Preston

Kiel Quinn

Shannon Rauh

Zanny Regas

Lela Reynolds

Bruce Riggins

Ruth Anne Seifert

Karen Skelly

Ted Smith

Monica Taylor

Julie Thompson

Andy Weisberger

Debbie Wengert-Rippetoe

Kayla Wilburn


Dare to Dream of a New Era | #HealthyTeen22

During our staff meeting before the conference, we asked everyone to share one thing they were excited about for this year’s conference. Every single person mentioned they were excited to be together, in person.  Yes, they also mentioned the workshop sessions, and our wonderful plenary speakers, but at the core it was all about creating connections and building relationships across the country. 

Being in Miami was a moment to take a breath and look around at all the people—colleagues, friends, soon to be friends who had come together for three days to learn, question, challenge, and have a little fun together. 

This year, we asked you to join us in dreaming of a new era. In many ways, COVID freed us from some of those cant’s and wont’s…but it shouldn’t take a pandemic to let us break free and innovate. We have much work to do…and our general sessions each spoke about different ways we can get moving!

Board & Staff

Our 2022 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

Some of Our Priorities for 2023


We bring you the latest science on how to provide the very best programs and services, so young people may thrive.

El Camino

El Camino is a youth-focused goal-setting sexual health program developed for and with Latino adolescents. 


At #HealthyTeen23 in Portland, OR, we will look to each other for inspiration and renewal. The stories we share will feed our hearts and grip our spirits.

Baltimore City Health Department

Partnering to create short videos that cover topics like: talking to your partner(s) about STIs, digital health literacy, and childhood immunizations.

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Check out some of our other work.

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