The YEAH! Network uses research, advocacy, and community education and collaboration to influence policy and practice in adolescent sexual health. By articulating a common agenda among diverse local, state, and national stakeholders, we are working to create an informed, empowered, and engaged response to teen pregnancy and sexual health disparities in Hampden County.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Seeking Input from Adolescents and Young Adults

The Family Planning Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is seeking input from adolescents and young adults into what challenges exist in achieving our goals of reducing unintended pregnancies and promoting sexual and reproductive well-being.

The Family Planning Program created a short survey and would like to invite young people to participate. It should take only 5-10 minutes to complete.

As a thank you, after completing the survey participants may opt to be entered into a drawing for one of five $10 iTunes gift cards! If he/she chooses not to be entered into the drawing, the survey responses will be anonymous. The drawing will take place onSeptember 15, so please complete the survey before then! 

If you would like paper copies of the survey, please contact Bridget Larson at the Department of Public Health.
Take survey here

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Prevention Program Internship, Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy

Dates of Internship: Fall 2011 (September-December 2011, with potential to continue into Spring 2012). Start and end dates are flexible.
Hours: 16 hours/2 days per week (Preferably Monday-Thursday)
Compensation: Unpaid. Alliance will provide supervision of requirements to receive school credit.
Supervisor: Prevention Director
Last Day to Apply: September 1, 2011

The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy seeks an intern to analyze public health data and assist with Alliance communications and press events in Massachusetts communities with high teen birth rates. Responsibilities will include developing fact sheets and presentations on relevant data and assisting with the Alliance’s Youth First Initiative in Springfield and Holyoke. Work may also include development of press releases and disseminating Alliance materials via new media.

The ideal candidate will have skills in making public health data accessible and useful to the public, an understanding of current issues in adolescent sexual health/teen pregnancy prevention, and excellent writing skills.

Position Requirements:
• Skills in working with public health data
• Commitment to and belief in the mission of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, and desire to empower the young people of Massachusetts
• Engagement in a Master’s level of study preferred
• Resourceful and thorough
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
• Willingness and ability to work autonomously, with direction and support
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Experience in youth services preferred
• Integrity, sense of humor, and desire to “do good” in the world

To Apply, Please submit resume and cover letter to Erica Fletcher, Prevention Director, at No phone calls, please