June: Working with Youth
The Truth About Youth Collaboration
Kelly Sowards Opot & Angel Jackson, Harris County Youth Collective
Youth inclusion and hearing from those with lived experience is an important part of providing services and designing programs for youth. Even though there are examples out there, we still struggle, fumble and often end up retraumatizing or tokenizing youth and young adults. This session will teach participants what to look for, how to be better about inclusion and tips and tools for including youth and young adults in program design, system change and policy work.
List the difference between tokenizing and including
Develop strategies for including and reaching out to youth with lived experience
Identify tools and partners for supporting their work with youth with lived experience
TL;DR: Using Technology to Help Teens Access Family Planning Services
Graci D’Amore, Eleanor Grano, & HK Gray, Jane’s Due Process
In this session, participants will hear from a youth activist to gain an understanding of the legal barriers that young people face when trying to prevent pregnancy in Texas. They will also learn how Jane’s Due Process is supporting teens through SMS to increase adolescent access to confidential family planning services. Information on how to support young people who need to make an appointment for confidential family planning services, referral resources for those who reside in contraceptive deserts, and how to safety plan around sexual shame will also be discussed.
Examine legal barriers that young people face when trying to prevent pregnancy in Texas
Identify resources and referral services appropriate for young people under 18 who have expressed reproductive and sexual health needs.