(Note: Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of ETR as an agency.)
By Louise Ann Lyon, PhD | August 22, 2017
Senior Research Associate, ETR
Imagine a high school student who loves technology. She’s decided to pursue a career in computer science (CS). What steps will take her forward from school to career?
Planning for these steps is an essential part of the educational process, both for individual students and for educational institutions. Unfortunately, the current ways most institutions are thinking about the CS pipeline—or even the more flexible model of pathways—aren’t workable for a lot of students.
By Vignetta Charles, PhD | August 21, 2017
Chief Executive Officer, ETR
Are you going to watch? It seems like almost everyone in the nation is anticipating today’s total solar eclipse.
In a time when we’re seeing so much divisiveness in our country, people of all perspectives are coming together to share this inspiring experience. That’s powerful.
By John Henry Ledwith | August 17, 2017
Senior Sales Manager, ETR
Ah. The sun of summer is beginning to wane. Many of my conversations with colleagues are now centering around that classic fall event, “Return to the Classroom.” Teachers are resetting desks. They’re getting books in place. They’re reviewing and finalizing lesson plans.
All this to be ready for the first starting bell of the new school year.
By Tracy Wright, MAED | August 15, 2017
Project Director, ETR
Here’s a tip that can instantly set a positive tone for live virtual events. Have something up for early joiners to do prior to the start of the training. That lets them know immediately that the trainer is prepared and the training will be interactive. It also gets people engaged right away, so they’re less likely to get distracted by their email or Twitter feed!
By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | August 11, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR
“I didn’t even know it was sexual harassment.”
These are the words of a female high school student I spoke with recently. She and a male friend were discussing sexual harassment in their school. Girls being called “slut” because they wore a crop top. Hearing the slur “that’s so gay” on a daily basis. Feeling pressure to meet traditional expectations for gender roles. Not knowing how or when to step up and speak up to stop the harassment.
By Selah Agaba, MA, MEd | August 8, 2017
Kirby Summer Intern, ETR
Sit with this for a minute…
There are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been violently displaced from their homes by conflict. Refugees make up about 34% of this number and more than half of this refugee population are individuals under 18 years of age.
To put this last figure into perspective, the number of young people under 18 who have been violently displaced from home is more than the number of people in the whole state of North Carolina or the entire nation of Greece.
By Nicole Levitz, MPH | August 3, 2017
Associate Director of Digital Health Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
“Meet people where they are.”
As sex educators we spend an enormous amount of time talking about this concept. It might mean starting with the basics, but it also means bringing interventions to folks, not just expecting them to come to us. That’s why Planned Parenthood developed and evaluated Chat/Text.
By Love Odetala, MPH | August 1, 2017
Kirby Summer Intern, ETR
I was born in West Africa and grew up in Senegal.
In Senegal, “Jamm Rekk” is a commonly used phrase. It means “Peace Only,” a phrase we use to pass peace unto others and to accept peace in return. Simply a way of saying hello.
A couple years ago, I started a venture called Jamm Rekk Projects (JRP). These are projects that seek to promote peace through public health.
By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | July 28, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR
A couple of days ago, I spent some time with ETR's 2017 Kirby interns. What an extraordinary group! This year's interns all bring international background and deep experience to their time at ETR.
The group has given me a healthy dose of inspiration.
(And that fun photo shows Lisa Unti, ETR Research Associate and general internship mentor, Love Odetola, Dharmit Shelat and Selah Agaba.)
By Bianca Palmisano | July 25, 2017
Owner, Intimate Health Consulting
Ask before kissing your date goodnight. Don’t grope strangers on the train (I mean, really, don’t grope anyone). Don’t force your children to give hugs or kisses to family members against their will. Our culture is becoming more accustomed to conversations around consent in intimate interpersonal relationships.
But we are still fairly unfamiliar with how to model and apply consent in professional relationships.
By BA Laris, MPH | July 18, 2017
Research Associate, ETR
I am always trying to make connections. I want to think about problems in new ways. Like most trainers, I like to find strategies that help me translate ideas into bite-sized morsels. I believe play is good for learning, too. Recently, I had a serendipitous opportunity to put all of these interests to work.
By Beverly Iniguez-Conrique | July 11, 2017
Research Assistant, ETR
This time a year ago, I was taking the last final exam of my undergraduate career! I was also preparing for the next chapter of my life as an ETRian in our Research/Science Department. Now that a year has gone by, I’m looking all over for where the time went. I guess time flies when you’re having fun!
Here are five things I’ve learned since being at ETR.
By Jodi Bernstein, MEd | July 5, 2017
Capacity Building Specialist, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands
Here’s a warm-up or “wake up” activity that is fun, challenging and energizing. It gets participants moving around the training space, stimulates their brains and invites alertness and laughter. It also offers an opportunity for the facilitator to normalize the making of mistakes.
Based on an activity developed by Humor That Works.
By Diana Andrews | June 27, 2017
PREP Program Manager, Garfield County PREP
I thought the really hard work had already been done. Three years ago, when I became the PREP Program Manager for Garfield County, Colorado, my predecessor had already gotten so many things accomplished. As impressive as her achievements were, however, it turns out that may have been the easy part!
By Taylor Vandenbossche, MPH | June 22, 2017
Graduate Research Intern, ETR
What comes to mind when you hear the words “young father”? I’ve noticed the narrative behind teen pregnancy often focuses solely on the thoughts and feelings of the mother. Funding and programs primarily serve teen moms.
So what about the young fathers?
By Shaunae Motley | June 20, 2017
Director of Programs, Quest for Change
Every May, our communities mark National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. It’s a fine opportunity to reflect on the difference prevention work makes in the lives of young people. Since peaking in 1991, teen births have dropped 64%. This historic decline includes significant progress in all 50 states and among all racial and ethnic groups.
However, despite these advances, disparities continue to exist—by age, race and ethnicity, geography and among youth from low-income families.
By Mandy Ackerman, LMSW, MPH & Jenifer DeAtley, LMSW | June 14, 2017
Senior Program Coordinator & Director of U.S. Programs, EngenderHealth
Here’s a story that gives us chills—the good kind. A group of our peer educators presented a plenary at a local conference. They shared their personal stories before an audience of about 100 youth-serving professionals from the Central Texas community.
These peer educators are all young mothers.
By Elizabeth McDade-Montez, PhD | June 1, 2017
Senior Research Associate, ETR
We joined the march. Along with millions of others across the globe, my young daughters and I marched for women’s rights on January 21, 2017. It was exhilarating and empowering! It was also sometimes challenging. I found myself having to explain some difficult topics to my girls.
By Dharmit Shelat, MD, MPH | May 25, 2017
Graduate Assistant, Tulane University | 2017 Kirby Summer Intern, ETR
ETR recently hosted an exciting event in New Orleans. It was Be The Change: Implementing Core Strategies for Sustainable Organizations for Impact in the South.
The institute focused on sustaining HIV prevention programs in the southern regions of the U.S. This was my first introduction to ETR’s Community Impact Solutions Project. They offer tools, resources and technical assistance to help HIV prevention organizations perform at their best.
By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | May 24, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR
A group of developmental neuroscientists walks into a room. They sit down with some sexual health experts. They all talk about ways to support healthy adolescent development.
What happens then? As it turns out, some pretty amazing things.
By Vignetta Charles, PhD | May 17, 2017
Something new is brewing here at ETR. No, I’m not talking about our new CEO (that would be me). Nor am I talking about our group of new hires, although they are all very cool (and, BTW, we do have several current openings).
I’m talking about walking. Stepping up. Living our values. It’s ETR’s very own weekly step challenge, and it’s helping us make some impressive changes within our own workplace.
By ETR | May 15, 2017
Later this week, ETR will be hosting Year 2 of the Kirby Summit. This extraordinary event brings together national experts in adolescent development, developmental neuroscience and sexual and reproductive health.
Last year’s goal was to explore the unique intersection between these fields and discover new ways to understand sexual health and risk for adolescents.
By Cody Sigel, MPH, CHES | May 10, 2017
Health Education Training Coordinator, ETR
Looking for an activity to close a training? Here’s one that provides a lovely way for participants to reflect on the impact they've made on others in the training group, and the impacts others have made on them. Everyone leaves feeling warm and fuzzy!
By Laura Perkins, MLS | May 4, 2017
Project Editor, ETR
Over a recent weekend trip with a group of kids ages 10-13, I decided to bring along some DVDs for fun. I checked Common Sense Media’s User Reviews and saw that parents and kids had rated the movies appropriate for 10+. I didn’t bother with actually reading the comments.
By ETR | May 2, 2017
Are you thanking a teacher today? We are. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Of course, we thank teachers regularly, even when it isn’t a special time of recognition.
Here at ETR, pretty much everyone on the team can name a teacher who had a meaningful impact on their lives. Most of us would name many.