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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Article of interest

Priscilla Rivera studies art, philosophy and for the G.E.D. exam at the Care Center, an alternative education program for young mothers in Holyoke, Mass. 

Click here for article

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Grant Opportunity Alert

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Summer Youth Leadership Intensive

There is a great opportunity from our partners at the MA Alliance, if you are or know of any teens, teen programs etc, take a look! Share this link on all your networks:

Monday, April 30, 2012

More from our MA Alliance Partners!

The Mass Alliance is hiring! Click on the following link for more information:

Friday, April 27, 2012


Our partners at Youth First have just announced that there is an RFP available for the Youth First messaging campaign. Click here to find out more!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Join the YEAH! Network Team!

Job Title: Staff Assistant - Full Time 


Responsibilities: The incumbent in this position will provide extensive administrative support to manager and/or department.  Will completes a variety of complex analyses, reports, and databases.    Demonstrates excellent customer service demeanor in organizing front office in fast paced environment. Creates complex spreadsheets and other documents.  Represents the department in resolving problems and exchange of information, interpretation of departmental policy and procedures. 
Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent required.  Associates degree preferred. 2 years office experience. Knowledge of common PC software programs. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.  Ability to handle multiple tasks. Strong  customer service skills.  Must be able to work independently and with a team.   

Other Information:
Full-time 40 hours per week   Monday - Friday  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location 280 Chestnut St. Springfield, MA
Testing Required - MS Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel Typing
Grant Funded position
Resume  required
Bilingual (English/Spanish preferred)
How to Apply: Please submit your application via the internet.  If you wish to apply in person you can come to the following locations and submit an on-line application:

Baystate Health
280 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA

Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
85 South Street
Ware, MA

Baystate Franklin Medical Center
164 High Street
Greenfield, MA
Equal Employment Opportunity: Baystate Health is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce.  Baystate Health recruits, hires, promotes and transfers qualified persons into all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military status. Baystate Health, in all its employment actions, also takes affirmative action to achieve prompt and full utilization at all levels and in all segments of the work force of minorities, women, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, and disabled individuals.

To apply online and to view the complete description click here

Friday, January 13, 2012

Upcoming Community Conversation for ACTION!

Business, Funders and Policy makers
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
at the Basketball Hall of Fame
8AM - 10:30AM

Everyone is part of the solution!  All events are free and open to all residents and business owners in Holyoke and Springfield. Food is provided but space is limited.  To reserve a seat at the table contact the YEAH! Network at 413-533-9324 or email us at

Call for Advocacy!

Dear Teen Parent Advocate,

We have an incredible opportunity to get dropout prevention legislation that supports high priority youth including expectant and parenting students passed this year! Your calls and emails are needed to make this a reality.

Please call or email your legislators!

**Use the script below to advocate for dropout prevention and recovery legislation that includes supports for expectant and parenting students. Include this Alliance fact sheet in your email. You can find your legislators and their contact information here.

You can also support the Boston PIC's Don't Hesitate, Legislate campaign also aiming to get dropout prevention and recovery legislation passed this year, by emailing this fact sheet to your legislators.

Script for calls and emails to advocate for dropout prevention legislation that includes supports for expectant and parenting students:

"Hi, my name is ________. I am from __________ (city/state) and am emailing/calling to urge Senator/Representative___________ to advocate that the joint committee on education report out a dropout prevention and recovery bill by January 31st and ensure that the legislation include the following 4 provisions:
  1. Include the graduation coach initiative proposed in S185, but ensure coaches work with expectant and parenting students.
  2. Add a provision to track parenting students to determine the number of these students and enable data driven interventions.
  3. Add a provision to ensure all parenting students access child care.
  4. Require all schools to create comprehensive plans to reduce the dropout rate. Ensure plans include supports for expectant and parenting students and maternity/paternity leave provisions.
(If emailing, including "Please see the attached fact sheet for more information" and attach this fact sheet.)

Thank you for your time.

E Peck Sign
Elizabeth Peck 
Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
Public Policy Director