Innovation
Daring to Dream at #HealthyTeen22

Daring to Dream at #HealthyTeen22

Thank you for daring to dream with us in Miami!November 4, 2022During 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...

Get Ready for Our Staff Sessions at #HealthyTeen22

Get Ready for Our Staff Sessions at #HealthyTeen22

This is only a sneak peak of our incredible line-up of some of our conference sessions; you’ll just have to join us in Miami for #HealthyTeen22 to get the full experience! September 23, 2022We’re counting down the days to #HealthyTeen22 in Miami. While we may not be...

Intern Spotlight: Welcome, Mariam!

Intern Spotlight: Welcome, Mariam!

We’re excited to have Mariam Delgado join our team as a Graphic Design Intern! September 19, 2022Mariam Delgado is a bright designer looking to make an impact in the sexual and reproductive health field! We were drawn to the work in her digital portfolio: she uses...

imi to Receive 2022 Healthy Teen Network Innovation Award

imi to Receive 2022 Healthy Teen Network Innovation Award

imi is an innovative free, digital tool designed with and for LGBTQ+ youth explore and affirm their identity and learn to cope with stress...and it’s proven effective! August 26, 2022Healthy Teen Network is pleased to announce imi as winner of the 2022 Innovation...

Don’t Feed the Trolls

Don’t Feed the Trolls

But if you feel you have to respond, be polite and stick to the facts.By Allison Tomai Felsen August 4, 2022Ever heard the expression “don’t feed the trolls?” Maybe it was in a news article about the rise of clickbait posting and algorithms designed to show us content...

Sex Ed? On TikTok?

Sex Ed? On TikTok?

It's more likely than you think.By Sam AkersMay 20, 2022Kids these days are all about TikTok, and I’ll admit it, I’m into it too! From watching morning routines to dances to Lizzo’s newest song, I love a good scroll. Social media provides a platform where people can...

Welcome, Patricia!

Welcome, Patricia!

We’re excited to have Patricia Natalie join Mila and Nick in our Innovation & Research department. April 7, 2022Patricia Natalie is a curious learner who loves to ask questions and find patterns. If you look closer, you might think you actually see a light bulb...

These Two Designers Published a Visual Guide to Gender Fluidity

These Two Designers Published a Visual Guide to Gender Fluidity

Ever wondered what “nonbinary” and “gender nonconforming” really mean? Or if it's grammatically correct to use “they” as a singular pronoun? You’re far from alone. Words By Ali CottongVisuals By Brooke ThyngAugust 12, 2021 Ever wondered what “nonbinary” and “gender...

Can We All Use Human-Centered Design?

Can We All Use Human-Centered Design?

Part two of our series on why using human-centered design can help us create better resources, programs, and services.By Milagros Garrido, MS, PMP July 29, 2021A lmost 15 years ago, when I took my first Human-Centered Design (HCD) course, I never imagined that I would...

Let’s Be End-User Centered

Let’s Be End-User Centered

A two-part series on why using human-centered design can help us create better resources, programs, and services.By Milagros Garrido, MS, PMP July 21, 2021A s a young woman growing up in the Andes of Peru, nothing irritated me more than seeing many outsiders telling...

To be or not to be (on camera)?  That is the question….

To be or not to be (on camera)? That is the question….

Quick tips to build motivation to turn the camera on.By Valerie Sedivy, PhD July 15, 2021By far, the most common challenge we hear from facilitators working in virtual settings is that young people do not want to be on camera. There are so many reasons why this might...

Love in the Time of COVID

Love in the Time of COVID

Well, really, relationships, love, and intimacy…By Milagros Garrido, MS, PMP February 11, 2021Worldwide, the pandemic has brought unexpected changes in the ways in which we work, learn, play, and love. I feel that in many ways, I am experiencing a pandemic-induced...

Un/Filtered: Highlights from #HealthyTeen20

Un/Filtered: Highlights from #HealthyTeen20

Now is the time to talk to youth about sex and technology.December 11, 2020 From sexting to dating apps, young people are connected to technology and digital media more than ever, and this connectivity is helping shape their virtual and physical relationships with...

Power to Decide Recognized with Youth 360º Innovation Award

Power to Decide Recognized with Youth 360º Innovation Award

Power to Decide is on the forefront of leveraging technology to support young people's connection to sexual health services.November 16, 2020Healthy Teen Network is pleased to announce Power to Decide as winner of the 2020 Youth 360º Innovation Award. (Learn more...

Sheila VanWert Recognized with Outstanding Former Teen Parent Award

Sheila VanWert Recognized with Outstanding Former Teen Parent Award

In honor of Sheila's  dedication to others and using her own life experience to make a difference in the worldNovember 16, 2020Healthy Teen Network is pleased to announce Sheila VanWert, BSW, MS, as the Outstanding Former Teen Parent Awardee. (Learn more about...

It’s Almost Here…#HealthyTeen20

It’s Almost Here…#HealthyTeen20

Dating apps, sexting, user-generated media, sex toys powered by AI, viral memes, porn…and so much more. Ready to talk about sexuality in the connected age? By Janet Max, MPH, CHES By Rhoda Smith, Board ChairNovemeber 13, 2020Back in 2019 (was that only last year?),...

#HealthyTeen20 Is Going Virtual!

#HealthyTeen20 Is Going Virtual!

This year, our theme represents a very clear need to understand how our field is reaching those we serve and how teens are using technology to connect to the world around them.Janet Max, MPH, CHES September 22, 2020J oin Us Online for Un/Filtered: Sexuality in the...

6 Edtechs Compete in a Voice Challenge

6 Edtechs Compete in a Voice Challenge

This is an excerpt from an article posted on EdSurge by Diana Lee featuring one of Healthy Teen Network’s latest innovations. May 7, 2020 T hree finalists focus on student life skills to win. In July 2019, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SXSW EDU issued a challenge to...

New Elearning Now Available! How to Talk About Dual Protection

New Elearning Now Available! How to Talk About Dual Protection

Have you seen the rising rates of STIs and falling rates of pregnancy? Do you know how to respond to a young person who is resistant to using condoms?By Ella Dorval Hall April 9, 2020R esearch shows that pregnancy rates are decreasing and STI rates are increasing....

Catching Up with Design Vagabonds

Catching Up with Design Vagabonds

This week, Power to Decide featured our staff on their website on the Design Vagabonds Innovation Next Team.March 30, 2020Now in its fifth year, and with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs, Innovation Next is a...

Help Young People Make a Game Plan for Their Health with Volt20

Help Young People Make a Game Plan for Their Health with Volt20

We wanted to create a virtual tool that educators and students love. The goal is to help young people create a plan for a healthy future.March 26, 2020Looking for a way to engage the young people you work with while maintaining social distancing? Consider using Volt20...

Professional Development You Can Do While Social Distancing

Professional Development You Can Do While Social Distancing

If you are looking for professional development opportunities, these elearning units are ready and waiting for you.By Gina Desiderio September 22, 2020Stuck inside? I know, I know…most of us are indeed stuck inside, doing the best we can to keep up with life while...

Influencers are Leading the Online Sex Ed Revolution!

Influencers are Leading the Online Sex Ed Revolution!

Young people are leading in delivering quality content and health information to their peers.By Genevieve Martínez García, PhD September 22, 2020Sex education is everywhere—in schools, in clinics, in places of faith, and of course on your screen. Sex ed in digital...

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