The question for the #HealthyTeen19 Design Challenge has not been finalized yet. But for reference, last year’s question was:
How might we center pleasure in adolescent sex ed to foster authentic conversations about sexuality and promote positive sexual experiences?
At the #HealthyTeen18 Design Challenge, creators and practitioners, educators and students, advocates and youth alike from across the United States will come together to answer a provoking question, diving into an immersive, design school-inspired process that is at once challenging, rewarding, and exhilarating.
Healthy Teen Network is interested in engaging with Design Challenge participants to address critical challenges faced by the community and utilize the human-centered design process to develop rapid, innovative solutions.
Participants will receive training in the human-centered design process and how to develop a rapid, innovative solution, in a two-part workshop series to be held at the annual national conference. As part of the training, participants will form teams and receive support throughout the process as they create their solution. Teams will then share their solutions with in a general session for all conference attendees. A diverse panel of will assess the solutions for creativity, use of design-thinking principles, responsiveness to the challenge question, feasibility, and youth-friendliness.
The winning team will receive a grand prize of $1000!
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How Do We Use Innovative Practices or Develop Innovative Programs?
Innovation is a critical component of a comprehensive strategy to respond to the dynamic lives of adolescents and young adults. But innovation can be hard…it can be expensive and time intensive, not to mention a daunting task to take on. Yet, we must develop solutions for today’s youth, to meet their unique needs and for today’s changing world.
So how do we do it? How do we use innovative practices or develop innovative programs? Healthy Teen Network is committed to leading the use of evidence and innovation to support and empower young people to lead healthy, sexual lives. As a capacity-building organization, we support professionals and organizations in developing innovative solutions that are responsive to young people’s needs (or, use a human-centered approach).
In 2017, in response to the continued federal attacks on adolescent health, Healthy Teen Network announced our Center for Evidence and Innovation to provide critical training and resources. The #HealthyTeen19 Design Challenge is part of this initiative. The conference is the ideal opportunity to host a design challenge to foster innovative approaches for supporting and empowering youth.