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Keynote Speaker:
Monique Couvson, Ed.D.

Monique Couvson, Ed.D. is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile, and criminal justice. Dr. Couvson is the President and CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, the nation’s only philanthropic intermediary explicitly focused on resourcing movements and organizations led by, and in support of, cis and trans girls and young femmes of color.

Dr. Couvson is the author of two forthcoming books, Cultivating Joyful Learning Spaces for Black Girls: Insights into Interrupting School Pushout (ASCD, 2022) and Charisma’s Turn (The New Press, 2023), a graphic novel about supporting Black girls who stand in their gifts.

She is an Executive Producer and co-writer of the documentary film, “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” which is based upon two of her books, Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls (The New Press, 2019) and Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016).

Her research intersects race, gender, education, and justice to explore the ways in which Black communities, and other communities of color, are uniquely affected by social policies.

Day 1: Wednesday, October 12

 

8:00 AM –
9:00 AM PST

Welcome Remarks and Opening Plenary:
A conversation with Dr. Vignetta Charles &
Dr. Monique Couvson

 


9:10 AM –
10:10 AM PST

Panel
UNESCO


Breakout
Care and Community in the Age of COVID

We know COVID-19 has had an impact on many aspects of our lives. However, we rarely talk about the impact it has had on sexual health especially among teens. In this session we will take a deep dive into current research on sexual and reproductive health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attend this session to learn more about how we can engage our communities to achieve programmatic goals and change health care outcomes for young people.

 

Arin Parsa
Teens for Vaccines Inc.

Lucy Fagan
Young Experts: Tech 4 Health

Danielle Bagley
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

 

Kodi Haney
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Nakia McKenzie
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Ntasha Bhardwaj
Girl Effect


Breakout
All About That WAP: Ways to Advance [Sexual Health] Prevention/Protections

Let’s talk about SEX, baby! And let's talk about sex in a way that increases a young person’s ability to take control of the narrative. In this session, you will learn about innovative approaches that help young people take control of their sexual health and learning right from their home.

Debasmita Das
Agents of Ishq

Nana Serwah Adom
NYC Department of Health

Vanessa Nigg
NYC Department of Health

Deborah O'Uhuru
NYC Department of Health

Bianca Reid
Illinois Contraceptive Access Now (ICAN)

Emmett Patterson
Building Healthy Online Communities

Jen Hecht
Building Healthy Online Communities


10:20 AM –
11:20 AM PST

Breakout
The Bots & The Bees: Using Digital Tools in the Sexual Health Field

This session seeks to address shame and sex by creating an opportunity for young folks to explore their sexuality without the bias of the human experience. Join this session as the panelist discuss the creation of digital sex-ed consultations and AI sexting partners as a medium for creating healthy habits of consent and sexual exploration.

 

Maria Medvedchikova
UNESCO IITE

Lisa Adams
Citizen Code

Gayatri Jayal
Dimagi


Panel
AMAZE: Enabling Opportunities for Youth-Led Animated Video Production

Empowering youth to use their voices can be transformational. During this session, three LAC Youth Ambassadors will be providing fresh insight into the value and necessity of adolescent leadership. The three panelists will be discussing their role in the Youth-Led AMAZE videos, including the development and production of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) digital content and additional inspiring AMAZE initiatives. Throughout the session, you will discover how to prioritize the needs and perspectives of young people and how to respond to various contexts and realities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Isabel Canino
Fòs Feminista


Workshop
Youth Leadership for Digital Health and Rights

Creating a more inclusive and equitable world takes all of us and including young people in the process is a necessity in this global movement. This workshop brings together youth and key stakeholders as they identify key regional priorities for digital transformation and discuss ways to collaboratively create a compelling campaign on digital health literacy. Pull up a seat and learn how to harness the power of human-centered technology while championing youth voices in the work towards equitable and inclusive healthcare for all.

 

Lucy Fagan
Young Experts: Tech 4 Health


Workshop
How to Elevate Youth Voices for Social Change: The Power of Storytelling

Stories have the power to shift perspectives, inspire change and change the world. The Youth Storytelling Project understands and harnesses the power of stories to advocate for sexuality education and sexual and reproductive healthcare that meets the needs of young people. This session includes a uniquely crafted short film created by youth leaders who have cleverly captured their stories and the stories of their peers as it relates to sexuality education, sexual stigma, and LGBTQ+ inclusions. During this interactive presentation, you will learn 5 concrete steps to uplift youth voices for social change. You will leave the workshop with the practical tools needed to bring your strategies and projects to life.

 

Courtney Waters
University of Arizona, Southwest Institute for Research on Women

Amy Lucero
SIROW


Panel
Despair and Hope: The Global Mental Health Crisis

Young people around the world are increasingly suffering from depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Youth in minority and marginalized populations are particularly vulnerable. Join experts from Google, Hopelab, and UCSF as they explore the challenges and opportunities in addressing this global crisis and discuss how digital interventions can be part of the solution.

 

Dr. Jess Ghannam
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

Dr. Amy Green
Hopelab

Dr. Renee Schneider
Google (Mental and Behavioral Health Center of Excellence)


11:25 AM –
12:05 PM PST

Join professionals from across the globe for engaging and insightful conversations about Youth + Tech + Health!


12:10 PM –
1:10 PM PST

Workshop
Headstream: Empowering Users to Creators

Change happens in collaboration. Working collaboratively, panelists will aid attendees in a real-time co-creation design workshop on building solutions to online phenomena. This hands-on session will be facilitated by Headstream's Empowering Users to Creators Youth 2 Innovator (Y2I) Leaders and attendees will reflect on the negatives and positives of social technologies. You will collaboratively explore root causes and needs to address the problem at its core while ideating a product solution. You will also learn how to create a virtual mock product or game innovatively and leave with the belief that intentional collaboration can create social technologies that uplift the well-being of young people.

 

Mina Aslan
Headstream


Panel
By-Youth For-Youth Grantmaking in Novel Male Contraception

Young people are leading the way in transforming the reproductive and contraceptive landscape. Join the conversation facilitated by the Male Contraceptive Initiative's Youth Advisory Board as they address grant funding, how to support youth in under-researched areas of public health, and more. Panelists in this session are developing male contraceptive targets and/or researching social needs to ensure contraceptive equality and reproductive freedoms are within reach for everyone.

 

Jaylan Weaver
Male Contraceptive


Breakout
A Family Affair: How Community can Change Your Life

A strong community leads to great opportunity. In this session, you will explore the benefit of using different tools that bring providers, educators, family members, and youth together. Learning about and addressing family planning and reproductive health as a collective can support all youth by alleviating stigma and increasing awareness.

 

Erin Portillo
John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Yulia Plakhutina
UNESCO Institute for ICT in Education

Lynn VanderWielen
Samahra


1:20 PM –
2:20 PM PST

Workshop
Youth Action for Eco-Anxiety and Climate Change

It doesn't have to be the end of the world as we know it! Improving the climate crisis starts with all of us. This Youth Action for Eco-Anxiety and Climate Change workshop will address ongoing climate change activism and its relationship to the well-being of young people. During this workshop, you will learn how to develop digital activism messaging, elevate young voices, and gain climate competency.

 

Aminah Habib
University of San Francisco

Miguel Duenas
University of San Francisco

Lorely Ruiz
University of San Francisco

 

Gwen Anderson
University of San Francisco

Lexi Nutkiewicz
University of San Francisco

Dr. Kelly L'Engle
University of San Francisco


Breakout
Sexual Health for Diverse Communities

The exclusion of marginalized communities is prevalent in many aspects of sexuality education. Related to the fight for access to sexual health, is the fight to address the exclusion of Black and Indigenous people. In this session you will hear about how to bridge this gap and increase prevention efforts through technology.

 

Lillian Perry
Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families

Gabrielle Evans
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Madison Langrin
CAMI Health

 

Siyanda Tenza
Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute


2:30 PM –
3:30 PM PST

As an extension of the Positive Action for Latinx and accelerate programs, ViiV Healthcare is excited to launch a new digital campaign, Mother to Son. Building off of Langston Hughes’ iconic poem “Mother to Son,” which details the delicate vulnerability of the relationship between a mother and her son, the Mother to Son campaign seeks to center this unique relationship and network of support and highlight the importance of it for Black and Latinx gay, bisexual, and queer men.

 

 

Day 2: Thursday, October 13

 

7:00 AM –
7:45 AM PST

Global Social Hour


7:45 AM –
8:00 AM PST

Mindful Movement Stretch Break
with Nyasha Evans


8:00 AM –
9:00 AM PST

Plenary and Innovation Challenge


9:10 AM –
10:10 AM PST

Workshop
Assessing Meaningful Youth Engagement in Design-led Youth Health Projects

Intentionality is crucial when integrating the ideas, experiences, and expertise of young people. Join this interactive workshop where you will identify and understand the challenges and best practices of meaningful youth engagement within youth sexual and reproductive health projects. This youth-led session will use human-centered designs and hands-on testing of a new digital MYE toolkit.

 

Liz McNeil
HCDExchange

Muthoni Wachira
HCDExchange


Breakout
Research, Abstracts, and Evals; Oh My!

Asking if you are doing a good job is the only way to find out if you are indeed doing a good job. Youth voices are a pivotal component of making sure we are providing the adequate resources for sexual reproductive health. In this session we will discuss how using technology can make evaluations more engaging and effective.

Alice Alden
Girl Effect

Sophie Otticha
Impact Research and Development Organization and RTI International

Baila Salifou
School-Based Health Alliance

Brooklyn Walker
School-Based Health Alliance


Breakout
3, 2, 1, Action: Using Media to Empower and Educate

The emergence of streaming services and video content has revolutionized our access to important social issues. This access has allowed us to spread awareness about typically taboo topics such as: addiction, bullying, and sexual health. In this session you will hear from tech experts as they share the tools they used to create and disperse the needed information that young people are seeking.

 

Cori Fordham
John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Alexandra Ilieva
UNESCO IITE


10:20 AM –
11:20 AM PST

Workshop
Fostering Civic Agency in a Digital World

Intersectionality gives young people space to address a myriad of issues that affect their overall well-being. In this session led by Common Sense Education, you will receive free resources that address the civic dilemmas young people face in their digital space and how they affect their quality of life. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the relationship between digital life, civic engagement, and youth well-being.

 

Daniel Vargas Campos
John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs


Breakout
The Future Will Be Co-Created: Youth-Adult Partnerships

Students can be our teachers and often, we unwillingly remove their voices from the decision making in health education. Lifting youth voices and bringing them into the design process of health curriculums can impact the way information is being absorbed and delivered. Join this session to hear from students and leaders who are committed to revamping the traditional approach.

 

Patricia Noel
Peer Health Exchange

Christopher Wilson
Peer Health Exchange

Lucy Fagan
Young Experts: Tech 4 Health

 

Sam Chuisano
University of Michigan

Melissa DeJonckheere
University of Michigan

Carolina Salmeron
Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy


Breakout
Real Issues, Digital Solutions

The digital boom in society has shifted the way young people access information. The impact of this digitization on our younger population is still being explored. This session explores specific research done in Indonesia and the US and seeks to demystify "digital" approaches to health education.

Erin Portillo
John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Mary Adebisi
Society for Family Health, Nigeria

Neira Budiono
UNFPA Indonesia

Ines Parks
Truth Initiative


11:20 AM –
11:50 AM PST

Youth Leaders Fireside Chats


12:00 PM –
12:30 PM PST

imi.guide is a new free digital tool designed by and for LGBTQ+ teens to help support their mental health, which was recently launched by Hopelab and its partners CenterLink and the It Gets Better Project. Learn more about this new web app, how it was developed and tested, and how youth were engaged in all stages of its development, from conception through design and launch. Hopelab will also share what they've learned through testing imi.guide in a randomized control trial and how they are getting imi into the hands of LGBTQ+ teens across the country.


12:35 PM –
1:05 PM PST

Join us for a live exhibit hall and get to know our fabulous YTH Live Global sponsors in real time!


1:10 PM –
2:10 PM PST

Workshop
Cut the Cameras: Utilizing Media to Talk about Relationship Abuse with Young People

Media has the power to influence how young people view, think, and act in relationships. During this session, we analyze unhealthy relationships and behaviors portrayed in popular media, deconstruct patterns of abuse, and model how to utilize media portrayals when talking with young people in a health center setting. This session is facilitated by School-Based Health Alliance Youth Advisory Council members Audrey Gabriel and Baila Salifou, and Anna Casalme, founder of Novelly. Novelly is an organization that utilizes the power of stories to create courageous conversations on taboo topics.

 

Baila Salifou
School-Based Health Alliance

Audrey Gabriel
School-Based Health Alliance


Panel
Educating, Engaging, and Empowering Teens Virtually to Improve Youth Health Outcomes

The way we communicate globally has shifted dramatically over the last two years! Attend this session to hear experiences, ideas, and best practices for virtual youth engagement from panelist in our four young adult programs: Youth Advisory Board, TeenSource, Spring Into Love, and Secret Shopper. You will leave the session with effective engagement methods and suggestions to leverage when working with youth in virtual settings.

 

Marina Quintanilla
Essential Access Health


Panel
Over the Counter Birth Control to Expand Youth Access

We are closer than ever to having an over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pill option in the United States. We anticipate that this will greatly expand access for young people, a demographic that experiences unique barriers to contraceptive access. Research shows that birth control pills are safe, effective, and appropriate for young people to use. During this session, young people will discuss how OTC birth control pills will improve access for people of all ages.

 

Angela Maske
Advocates for Youth


2:20 PM –
3:20 PM PST

Workshop
Cultivating Community Resilience Through Online Sex Ed

Sexual and reproductive health education cannot exist outside of the lens of systemic oppression and equitable wellbeing. In 2021, a team from the California Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth began piloting a California Ed Code-compliant and virtual sexual health curriculum, Teen Talk YAS (Youth in Alternative Settings) for youth in foster care. The design and implementation of this curriculum anchors the conversation in youth wisdom and healing-centered practices. In this session, participants will engage with this novel healing-centered and trauma-informed curriculum and discuss how these approaches are relevant to building classroom community with all youth.

 

Kehaunani Gunderson
Health Connected and Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley

Cecilia Martinez
Health Connected and Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley


Breakout
Using Technology to Tackle Teen Trauma

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many young people across the globe struggling to feel connected. Learn how peer support has gone digital, from training peer counselors, to diving into art therapy, and creating a platform that builds community and communication around sexual and reproductive health.

Lizelle Salazar
University of Michigan Eisenberg Family Depression Center

Jeren Ghoujeghi
Wayne State University

Katelyn Dore
Reproductive Health National Training Center

Michel Holien
University of Colorado


Panel
Using Human Centered Design to Address Mental Health and Substance Abuse

What is possible when youth are given the space and tools to develop innovative solutions to address mental health and substance use in their own communities using human-centered design? Come learn about the INSPIRE+ project's latest prototypes from the Sacramento and Alameda Design Fellows themselves!

 

Sarah Han
ETR

Kelley Quinn
ETR

Stephanie Guinosso
ETR


3:20 PM –
3:30 PM PST

Closing Remarks

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