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Effectively Communicating in A New Virtual World

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learning Objectives

COVID-19 has impacted much of our daily lives, including how we communicate with today’s youth.  In a time when digital communication is so prominent, are we using it to reach young people effectively? And how can we apply these best practices in real-world situations?

In this one-hour virtual event, you will:

  • Hear from youth on how the current virtual world has affected their overall health.
  • Discover new decision-making best practices that share power among youth and adults to advance co-created strategies for improving the health of our communities.
  • Learn what attracts the attention of our youth and how to actively create virtual conversations that will create effective change in the real world.


Kareeshma Ali
Design Research Lead at Greater Good Studio

Yvonne Boadi
– Moderator
High School Student in Norfolk, VA

Laura Furr
Laura Furr Consulting
Laura Furr has supported adults and youth as partners in shared decision-making, advocacy, and governance since 2006. Laura works with adults and youth leaders in all spaces where decisions affect youth, including government, non-profits, schools, advocacy or stakeholder groups, juvenile and criminal justice agencies, and service providers.

Ragen Johnson
Alternatives, Inc.
Ragen Johnson is a native of Hampton, Virginia. She is the current Executive Director of Alternatives Inc., a nationally recognized youth development agency in Hampton, VA. She participated in programs offered by Alternatives as a middle school student herself and began working for the agency in 2001. Previously, Ragen was the Program Coordinator over a nationally recognized early childhood program serving 1200 children ages 3-6 and a state recognized childhood obesity prevention program serving 300 children in the community. She also facilitates a Mindfulness curriculum to elementary and middle school students and parents.

C.J. Stermer – Host
Sr Dir of Education at Rescue Agency
C.J. is a community advocate who develops programs to share knowledge within our field and inspire public health organizations to increase access to healthy behaviors for all communities.


February 9
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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