Workshop Session Three: 10:15am – 11:45am

Do I Really See You? Using a TraumaInformed Lens as a Method of Cultural Competence in Best Practices Working with Youth Who Are Homeless and Pregnant and Parenting

Vanessa Mejia and Heather Dailey (Diaspora Community Services)
Foundations of Practice
This workshop addresses how social norms may influence health behaviors and how changing social norms through health behaviors may be difficult for pregnant and parenting homeless youth. Presented are strategies for improving services through a traumainformed lens and enhancing protective factors that promote resilience. During the presentation, you will learn how to assess techniques for service provision of trauma history in youth, define trauma and identify the effects it has on youth, and understand how cultural competence relates to traumainformed care. After attending this workshop participants will have increased knowledge on traumainformed care; have increased knowledge of how trauma affects homeless youth; be able to assess less evident signs of trauma in a youth; have increased understanding of cultural competence as it relates to traumainformed care; understand how social norms shape behavior; assess and strengthen informal social networks and support protective cultural norms; explain the importance of providing a corrective experience for the client utilizing the therapeutic alliance and how this practice can build self esteem, problem solving skills, and safety as well as positive outcomes for mother and child. 

Focusing on the Ability in Disability Inclusive Sexual Health

Cameron Collins (University of Oklahoma)
Foundations of Practice
According to the U.S. Census, approximately one in five Americans has a disability of some form. The stigma and stereotypes associated with disability often exclude adolescents from discussions on sexual and reproductive health. Adolescents with disabilities deserve accessible sexuality education, the same as their peers receive. In this workshop, we will reflect on best practices found from implementing evidence-based curriculum in an exclusively designated disability classroom in Oklahoma City. 

Engaging Young Men in Pregnancy Prevention (Roundtable)

Jenita ParekhMakedah JohnsonJennifer Manlove, (Child Trends, Inc.), and Jane Kato-Wallace (Promundo)
Innovation
Many economically disadvantaged teen and young adult men become parents without planning to and often before they have finished high school, gotten a job, or entered a stable relationship. These young men may continue to have children with new partners, creating complex family structures and limited resources for their children. During this session, we will explore what contributes to the disconnect between the lack of young men’s pregnancy desires and subsequent pregnancy and how to develop innovative strategies that engage men in pregnancy prevention. 

Innovation Next: Seeding Innovation in Technology-Based Solutions to Adolescent Sexual Health

Laura Lloyd (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy)
Innovation
In this workshop, we will highlight the Innovation Next program, which aims to support technology-based innovation to address adolescent sexual health. Specifically, participants will learn more about Human Centered Design (HCD)the process we selected to support innovation and the application of HCD in Innovation Next. We will also share information about Innovation Next finalists, solutions they have developed, and how HCD was used to create a deep understanding of teen experiences. This session will be particularly relevant for participants who are working with adolescents, seeking to enhance programming with digital tools, and interested in learning more about how to support innovation. 

Alternative Facts: Implementing Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs in Conservative Communities

Tania Connaughton-Espino and Amanda Fritts (SHIFT NC [Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens])  
Public Policy & Social Change
Teen pregnancy prevention efforts in conservative communities can look very different depending on local social and political climates. North Carolina Youth Connected, a community-wide initiative in two NC counties, provides a clear example. The initiative’s roll-out coincided with the presidential election and passing of NC HB 2, the “bathroom bill.” The impact of this political climate played out very differently in these two communities as they attempted to mobilize the community around teen pregnancy prevention. We will highlight learnings from two years of on-the-ground pregnancy prevention work engaging community leaders and elected officials using data and media messaging.

At the Intersection of Black & Brown: Where Do We Go from Here?

Stephanie Zapata (National Institute for Reproductive Health)
Public Policy & Social Change
This workshop is intended for youth service providers and educators. There is a tendency in this country to view things as black and white, leaving little to no space for Brown folks. Let’s unpack “Afro-Latinx” and “White Hispanic” identities while addressing the question head on: Who is Black? We’ll work to connect racial justice to comprehensive sex education for youth, and dismantle the horizontal hostility perpetuated within our communities through things like #TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin. In order to decolonize sex education, let’s meet at the intersection of Black and Brown.

No Shade: Using the Youth Lexicon in the Classroom

Linsey Cain (Widener University) and Erin Basler (The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health) 
Research to Practice 
It would seem from all of the think pieces on “youth culture” and the language of millennials that the idea of youth using slang is a new one. It isn’t. And neither is the gap in academic achievement between Standard English speakers and those who use dialectical English. In No Shade, Lindsey and Erin make the case for meeting your sex ed students where they are at linguistically. The workshop imparts tools for building a common lexicon, resources for interpreting terms, and ways to incorporate youth language in an authentic, not appropriative, way.


Workshop Session Four: 1:45pm – 3:15pm

Partnering with Parents to Reduce Adolescent Risk in a Culturally-Controlled World

Jennifer Salerno (Possibilities for Change)
Foundations of Practice
Today’s youth are highly influenced by social norms that contribute to risky sexual behaviors. Developing effective communication strategies that enable honest two-way communication between the adolescent and professional is a critical first step in adolescent risk reduction. Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been proven as an effective technique in talking with teens about their risky behaviors, particularly sexual health. Taking it a step further, coaching parents to adopt MI strategies with their teen interactions closes a critical gap?and strengthens the synchronization of care between professional, parent and adolescent. In this session, we will explore the social and cultural influencers contributing to sexual decision-making, evidence-based techniques for connecting with teens that promotes effective sexual health risk reduction communication and counseling, and best practices for engaging and coaching parents.

Stress, Sleep, and Social Media: Factors Impacting Adolescent Brain Development, Teaching, and Learning!

Judith Herrman (University of Delaware)
Strategic Partnerships
Teaching and facilitating learning is part of what we do to guide healthy behaviors in teens and young adults. Teaching is a two-way process based on truly listening to our learners and creating mutual learning experiences. The social context in which teens live and learn are impacted by internal factors such as brain development, stress, sleep, and external factors, including social media. In this session, we will describe factors impacting teen learning and provide strategies to foster two-way teaching and mutual learning.

Creating Early Cultural Connection: Navigating Social Norms to Provide Early Childhood Sexuality Education

Mary Jo Podgurski (Academy for Adolescent Health)
Innovation
Too often sexuality education begins in late middle or high school. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Podgurski has expanded her reach to modeling education for children as young as first grade. In this interactive session, we will support professionals working with adolescents and young adults who are pregnant and/or parenting and have the goal of teaching young parents to become the primary sexuality educators for their child/ren. This session is for those who are seeking to truly create connection with children and their parents or trusted adults while honoring the social norms of their culture. 

Meet Healthy Teen Network’s Tool to Help Youth Generate Their Healthy Future Plans

Bob Reeg (Healthy Teen Network)  
Innovation
Generate My Healthy Future Plan is Healthy Teen Network’s signature tool for adolescents and young adults to uncover the health and well-being matters of greatest interest to them and then point them to resources for more information or suggestions for action taking. The tool guides youth to consider their readiness to learn more about, or make a change in, 20 healthy future subjects. Working session participants will learn about the tool’s theoretical basis, review its content, practice its use, and explore how it might be incorporated into their programs and services. Help youth generate their healthy futures! 

Helping Your People to Be Happy and Motivated

Milagros Garrido (Healthy Teen Network)
Leadership & Organizational Development
In this fast-moving, ever-changing society, professionals deal with adversity, change, and stress on a daily basis. When professionals feel that they are valued and recognized for their work, they are more responsible and ultimately productive in their assignments. Because of this reality, employees’ motivation is integral to sustaining and growing a workforce. Everyone is motivated by different things, so what can supervisors and managers do to motivate their teams? And how can they use that knowledge to inspire their teams to optimal productivity? How can managers increase the morale and motivation of their teams in a low-cost way? In this interactive and provocative workshop, we will unpack these questions and delve deeper into the complex issue of motivation and team productivity. This workshop is designed for supervisors and managers to explore simple, yet powerful strategies to create more motivated and energized teams. 

(Re)Frame the Narrative: Transforming Dominant Messages in Adolescent Health

Samantha Sunshine and Mayra Serna (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)    
Public Policy & Social Change
What would it mean to see our communities of promise rather than at-risk? In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in critical analysis and discussion of frames used in public health messaging and (re)frame the messages using strengths-based concepts and language. After exploring and applying framing concepts, participants will identify ways to introduce new narratives into their programs and make shifts towards a strength based model to support change at the programmatic, organizational and/or policy level. Facilitators will share examples of powerful and strategic framing and invite participants to reflect on best practices and opportunities for growth in their spheres of influence.

Sex Ed Policy Strategy (Roundtable)

Jaspreet Chowdhary and Jennifer Driver (SIECUS)
Public Policy & Social Change
Twenty-four states require some form of sexuality education in schools. The content and quality of the instruction creates a patchwork of education across the country. Common practices for improving policies, particularly in conservative environments, rely on cost-saving data and other stigmatizing talking points. However, we must acknowledge that young people’s lack of access to information and skill-development lies at the core of the challenge in promoting adolescent sexual health. This roundtable seeks to increase the capacity of conference attendees in advocacy and policy-maker education by thinking critically about the goals and impact of our approach to sex education. 

TECHsex: An Exploration of Youth Sexual Health and the Digital Landscape

Molly Pilloton and Bhupendra Sheoran (Youth+Tech+Health)    
Research to Practice 
What websites do young people use to find sexual health information? What do they think about online dating and cyberbullying? Join us as we present findings from TECHsex, a national study that includes a survey, focus groups, and in-depth interviews, and lead a workshop on how to use youth-centered health design. TECHsex paints a picture of the digital landscape for youth and their health needs, presents insights for future interventions, and will serve as context for our workshop. By the end of this workshop, participants will know how to develop and scale a new health product, communications campaign, service or program, and guide intentional, innovative design, centered around the health needs of young people.


Workshop Session Five: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Educating, Advocating, and Lobbying for Our Work: How Far Can We Go?

Jamie L. Keith (Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy) and Brigid Riley (Willow Consulting)
Public Policy & Social Change
It is critically important for nonprofits to advocate for sound program, policy and funding decisions. But how far can we really go? A long way, actually. This interactive workshop includes information about the ins and outs of educating, advocating and lobbying for our work. We will unpack common terms and consider different avenues to take; review information about IRS guidelines and describe various levels where policy decisions are made; share stories about partnering with the media to cover our issues and discuss different ways to engage policymakers. Let’s talk with each other now about all of this so we can talk with policymakers next about our very important work.

Culture Shock: Creating a Protective Environment for Afro-Caribbean LGBTQIA Youth

Vanessa Mejia and Windy Jacques (Diaspora Community Services)
Foundations of Practice
This workshop addresses cultural stereotypes of LGBTQIA youth within Afro-Caribbean communities, identifies institutional barriers, and bridges a gap of genderaffirming social services available including discriminatory treatment by frontline staff due to lack of sensitivity training and breach of confidentiality. Presenters will share strategies for improving services by enhancing protective factors that promote resilience. After attending this workshop presentation, you will be able to recognize cultural variations and perceptions and experiences in the Afro-Caribbean culture among LGBT, and learn how LGBT issues impact various components of society in the Afro-Caribbean community by drawing comparisons and avoiding stereotypes in classroom discussion. 

Making Sense of Abstinence

Bill Taverner (Center for Sex Education)
Foundations of Practice
In this session, we will challenge health professionals to expand and rethink traditional, limiting definitions and approaches in “abstinence-only” sex education. Theoretical and pedagogical concepts from the innovative manual Making Sense of Abstinence: Lessons for Comprehensive Sex Education will be introduced, so participants will consider more comprehensive approaches beyond “just say no” mantras and fear-based tactics, to reclaim “abstinence” as a positive choice for young people. 

Utilizing Technology to Engage Parents in Sex Education

Jennifer Hart (Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts)
Innovation
Parent educators report that parents and other caring adults “wish they could put us in their pockets” for support when questions and conversations about sex and relationships arise with their children. Yet engagement with the platforms that put these resources in their pockets can be difficult. In this workshop, we will introduce the evaluation of Get Real for Parents, a mobile website developed to accompany Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works. Participants will explore the challenges and successes of engaging parents as consumers of digital tools and identify solutions to overcome parents’ possible barriers to engaging with sex education through technology.

Youth Perspectives: Authentic Youth Engagement in the Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) Programs—Why, How, and What Next? (Youth Panel)

Mousumi Banikya-Leaseburg (Office of Adolescent Health), ShaKiya Buckner and Jordan Walker (Baltimore City Health Department), Asayana Osborne and Skylar Baker (Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority), Bryanna Ely and Joel Richards (CAI), and Audrey Holbeck and Ashley Benissanh (Planned Parenthood of the Heartland)

Innovation
Authentic youth engagement through Youth Advisory Councils is an important component of OAH’s approach to Teen Pregnancy Prevention programming. This youth panel brings together young people from diverse parts of the country representing a wide array of social norms and cultures to talk about why their voices are important; why they continue to remain engaged in this work; how they have been able to authentically participate in programming and decision-making in their communities; and what programs and agencies should be thinking about to continue to attract and engage young people to build their skills and abilities and to strengthen programs.

Teaming Up: Building Youth-Friendly Inter-Agency Partnerships through a Mini-Training Module 

Ellen Wagner (Michigan Medicine)    
Leadership & Organizational Development
Strengthening relationships with community partners while improving youth-friendliness. What could be better? This interactive session uses a simplified Train-the-Trainer format to provide a replicable mini-training module on youth-friendly services. Participants will receive a pre-packaged “Spark” module with slides and a customizable script to take home with them. The 20-minute Spark can be facilitated with coworkers to build capacity around youth-friendliness and avoiding adultism, or it can be facilitated with the staff of partnering agencies as a means to strengthen a linkage. This Spark is especially effective with an audience of health center staff, but it can be replicated in any youth-serving agency committed to strengthening community partner relationships.

If You Don’t Ask, I’m Not Telling You Anything”: What Works When Engaging in Real Talk with Foster Youth around Dating and Sexual Behaviors? (Roundtable)

Rhoda Smith (Springfield College) and Elizabeth M. Aparicio (University of Maryland, College Park)
Public Policy & Social Change
Qualitative methodology examining communication with millennial foster alumni confirms social workers’ and foster parents’ unique positions for conversations about dating and sexual behaviors. Building upon system themes of lifelong connection and inclusiveness and personal themes of trust and family, we will engage participants in brainstorming ways to establish a foster care culture where safety and sex education are more normative than exceptional. A strengths-based perspective will leave participants excited regarding the ‘new normal’ for foster youth transitioning to adulthood. Strategies to formulate policies to support and encourage necessary conversations to facilitate relevant and practical transfer of information for foster youth will be explored. 

Positively Pornography: Conversing with Youth about Porn

Ruthie Kolb  
Research to Practice
While sex education is becoming increasingly comfortable with pleasure and sex positivity, one aspect of sexuality that is often overlooked in our education is pornography. So, why don’t we talk about porn? Even the most liberal American might wince at that suggestion. Why does porn immediately induce outrage, discomfort, and fear for adults who work with youth? And more importantly, how is porn actually impacting young people? We will be looking at the myth and research of how youth are affected by pornography, from their individual and relational outcomes (how does porn affect their self-perceptions, friendships and romantic relationships) to the community and society (how does porn affect our culture, social pressures, and communal interactions). Participants in this session will be prepared to have more comfortable, holistic, and strengths-based conversations with youth.