YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
The Teen Connect Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of Hillsborough County high school students that aim to make health services more accessible to teens through an online marketing campaign, sexual health blog and promoting youth-friendly resources in the Tampa Bay area.
What does the YAB do?
Create youth-led social marketing campaigns
Follow, engage, and develop posts on our Instagram account @teenconnecttampa
Write short blogs and youth-friendly social media content to spark conversations and connect youth to important health information and services
Participate in YAB team discussions - a great way to have your voice be heard!
Benefits of YAB
Opportunity to provide input and advice to Teen Connect Tampa Bay
Network with students across different schools and variety of community health organizations
Earn community service hours
Build your resume!
We are looking for high school students to apply to our YAB. Anyone in Hillsborough County Public Schools can apply, but we encourage those who represent the geographic and ethnic diversity of the Tampa Bay area, and who care about making an impact and spreading awareness of sexual health services. We will build a team that is inclusive and respectful of the full range of sexual orientations and gender identities. All are welcome!
Meet Our Youth Advisory Board Members
With high school students across Hillsborough County,
we are connecting youth to important health resources throughout Tampa.
Our members share what motivated them to join!
Jeremiah, Blog Manager
I joined the YAB because I want to further my knowledge about sexual health. Not only do I want to learn, but I also want to be able to teach and help others.
I joined the YAB because I want to make an impact on my community. Teaching teens about sexual health not only helps them to protect themselves, but also helps them protect their partners and those in their community.
I joined the YAB because I want to learn more about sexual health and make sexual health resources more available for teens.
Gileah, Content Designer
I joined the YAB because I want to help spread sexual health awareness and share the knowledge I gain with those in and beyond my community.
I joined the YAB because I want to make people's lives better and help my community. It's important to educate young people about sexual health so our generation can be safe.
Tatiana, Team Lead
I joined the YAB because I want to normalize the topic of sexual health!
I joined the YAB because I want to be an OB/GYN and one way I can start my journey to become one is to spread information on sexual health and why it's important.
I joined the YAB because I wanted to learn more about sexual health and spread information and resources to teens that don't have access to it.
Ella, Blog & Outreach
I joined YAB because I wanted to be a part of spreading sexual health awareness. I also want to be a good resource for my friends or be able to direct them to the right resource if they confide in me.
Aanya, Social Media Manager
I joined the YAB because I realized the lack of sex education given to teens and wanted to provide them with resources to manage their sexual health. (Former member)
Casey, Video Producer
I joined the YAB so I can take a hands-on role in promoting the importance of sexual health and education in my community. (Former member/graduate)
Jazmine, Graphic Designer
I joined the YAB because I realized how many people didn’t know about resources around them and I wanted to help everyone understand their own sexual health. (Former member)
Savannah, Blog Manager
I joined YAB because I did a research project on access to birth control that made me really passionate about making sure teens have the ability to access proper contraceptives and education on safe sex. (Former member/graduate)
Meesha, Social Media
I joined the YAB because I've seen some misconceptions many people my age have about their bodies and wanted to take an active role in helping to educate them. (Former member/graduate)
Maya, Content Designer
I joined the YAB to educate my community because I saw the effect misinformation was having on my peers. I wanted to join in the effort to normalize sex and to increase awareness about various sex and sexuality related issues in our world. (Former member)
The YAB has allowed me to get involved in the community in ways that I would've never thought. I've learned the importance of sexual health and how it connects to the media, and I've gotten to work with a great group of people! (Former member/graduate)
Grace, Blog Content
I wanted to join the YAB to help better teen sexual health awareness in Tampa Bay. It was a very under appreciated issue that I wanted to build awareness for. (Former member/graduate)
As teenagers with no real sex education curriculum, it’s hard to find reliable resources that are confidential and accessible. It’s a great feeling to know we’re spreading the word about them. Working together with the team has taught me a lot about leadership, marketing, and most importantly, sexual health. (Former member/graduate)
I was motivated to join the YAB for college applications. I stayed because I developed a real passion for sexual health advocacy once I learned the impact lack of knowledge about sexual health had in all aspects of life. (Former member/graduate)
Nhu, Social Media
I joined the YAB as I wanted to learn more about health resources in Tampa, especially as a woman. I also love getting to work with some of the most positive and uplifting people in our community. (Former member/graduate)
Check out what we've been working on!
We connect with teens through Instagram. Follow us @Teenconnecttampa for the latest info.
During Sexual Health Awareness Month in September, we debunked myths about STDs & testing.
We created a teen video guide to getting tested for STDs and accessing sexual health services in-person and virtually.
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