Innovation in Adolescent Health Ambassador Application
Apply to become an Ambassador for Innovation in Adolescent Health! The intention of the Innovation in Adolescent Health Ambassador Program is to provide professional development in innovative and systems-based thinking courses and dialogue developed from our insights from the iTP3 project funded by the Office of Population Affairs. The goal for each Ambassador is to apply the training to their organizations to better advocate for and support the development of fresh and progressive ideas that have the potential to transform the future of teen pregnancy prevention. The four online trainings will occur asynchronously and consecutively online through our remote training partner, Skyepack, culminating in the final in-person or virtual Ambassador events. The first module will become available four weeks prior to the Ambassador event you will attend. Each module will be made available one week apart from each other and require a time commitment of 1.5 to 3 hours each.

Overview and Timeline of Training:

Model of Innovation (Online Module 1)
Learn about a unique structure to support innovation that will help you tackle your community’s complex challenges by: 1) questioning the status quo, 2) collaborating with your target population, and 3) identifying various influencing factors. Innovation is not about knowing or having all the answers, but being willing to turn uncertain conditions into growth opportunities. We’ve designed this training to help you understand conditions for generating new ideas and how to embrace diverse perspectives.

Systems Thinking (Online Module 2)
Systems thinking is a way to understand complex problems and things that influence them. Rather than looking at specific parts, systems thinkers look at the bigger picture and see how different parts within a system affect one another. Learn about the systems thinking mindset, and tools to better understand how and why systems problems occur and what you can do about them.

Human-Centered Design (Online Module 3)
Human-centered design (HCD) is a practical, creative, and fast-paced process for solving problems with the person or client you are serving to truly meet their needs. It is a cyclical process that involves a variety of strategies to 1) develop a deep understanding of the person and core problems to address, and 2) brainstorm, develop, test, and refine possible solutions.

Equity in Innovation (Online Module 4)
When diversity, equity, and inclusion are made a priority, every aspect of your organization benefits, even your innovation efforts. This training will help you consider and apply equity principles to your innovation efforts.

Final Ambassador Event (4 In-Person & 1 Virtual)
Engage in a facilitated event that encourages nation-wide dialog to support and empower innovation in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. This event will engage Ambassadors to successfully represent innovation as a key approach to impacting adolescent health initiatives.

Please rank your preference for the four available locations/dates for the final in-person professional development training. Each meeting is capped at a certain number of people to meet the social distancing requirements of each location. Follow up information will be sent to confirm attendance.

By submitting this application, you agree to register and pay in advance for the asynchronous trainings ($400), complete the four online training courses (Innovation, Systems, Design, and Equity) prior to the in-person event, and engage during the one-day six-hour Ambassador event. Scholarships (for the cost of training) are available, if and after all Ambassador trainings are completed. Participants should budget for travel and lodging for the in-person event for their preferred locations.
Email address *
First Name *
Last Name *
Phone Number *
What is the name of your organization? *
Tell us about your organization. (suggested max response ~250 words) *
In what ways are you and/or your organization actively involved in adolescent sexual and reproductive health? (suggested max response ~250 words) *
What gaps do you see in current approaches to teen pregnancy prevention? How do you think being an Ambassador will impact teens or their health through your organization? (suggested max response ~250 words) *
I understand I am responsible for the up front training registration cost and travel associated with the in-person Ambassador event. *
Please rank your preference for the four available locations/dates for the final in-person training *
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Friday, May 7th - Tucson, Arizona
Wednesday, May 12th - Charleston, South Carolina
Thursday, May 20th - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Monday, May 24th - Austin, Texas
Friday, June 4th - Virtual/Remote
Deadlines to submit an application for each iTP3 Ambassador Event:
Tuscon, Arizona - Due Thursday, April 15th
Charleston, South Carolina - Due Tuesday, April 20th
Colorado Springs, Colorado - Due Wednesday, April 28th
Austin, Texas - Due Friday, April 30th
Virtual/Remote - Due Thursday, May 13th
This opportunity is made possible by Grant Number TP2AH000046-02-00 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Population Affairs (OPA). Contents are solely the responsibility of Texas A&M University and do not necessarily represent the official views of the HHS or the OPA.
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