rise, reimagine, and reinvent

44th Annual National Conference
November 18-20, 2024 | Phoenix, AZ

Today’s adolescent experience unfolds with breathtaking speed.

Embrace it. Time, tech, and trends wait for no one.  

Stay curious. There is power in trying new things, in asking bold questions. 

Keep listening. Take it all in. What young people need is ever-changing.  

Do something—anything. It won’t be perfect, but it will be something.  

At #HealthyTeen24, we’ll extend a hand to the willing and wavering­—to the dreamers and doers cheering on change and to those imploring, “steady as we go.” We’ll forge connections with new colleagues under the desert stars. We’ll reflect on what sets today’s young people apart. And we’ll strain, stretch, and shift our understanding of innovation until it colors our everyday work. 

Low-budget, low-tech, no matter. Sometimes, it’s the tiny acts that make the greatest change.  

Our work is a journey, not a destination. Today’s trends may be tomorrow’s tropes, but with the right mindsets, we’ll be ready for what(ever) the future may hold. 

Like a phoenix, we’ll rise, reimagine, and reinvent.  

Be part of the magic at #HealthyTeen24.  

Purchase your tickets for #HealthyTeen24

Please remember to check out the fine print; it has information about payment and refund deadlines, what is included with registration, and recommended travel times.

you’ve got what we need

The #HealthyTeen24 Call for Proposals is closed!

All About the Sessions

Thank you for your interest in bringing your content and expertise to our conference. Our proposal submission is now closed for #HealthyTeen24. Please refer to the dates and FAQ’s below for questions about your submissions.

Speakers and the full schedule will be announced this summer, but in the meantime check out the Agenda-at-a-Glance or register for one of our exhibiting and advertising sponsorship opportunities to showcase your resources, projects, and services to over 400 attendees from across the country.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the #HealthyTeen24 conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three ways adolescent experiences are unique for young people today.
  2. Explain at least three strategies youth-supporting professionals can use to nurture and strengthen a positive, open mindset, to be ready to meet the ever-changing needs of young people.
  3. Describe at least three strategies youth-supporting professionals can employ in real time to make changes or adaptations (i.e., innovations) in fast-changing environments and systems.
  4. Make a plan to try at least one new strategy in the next 30 days, to innovate and reimagine or reinvent how they might do their work while rapidly responding to the dynamic needs of young people.

Our Timeline

Thursday, May 2, 2024
Accept or decline invitation to present
Thursday, May 30, 2024
Submit AV Requests
Monday, June 24, 2024
Monday, July 15, 2024
Email draft copies of slides and/or handouts
Monday, September 12, 2024
All items must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on each date.

all the details

What Are We Looking For?

It Has to Fit

All sessions at the Healthy Teen Network conference must be aligned with our Guiding Principles. All content (shared in any form) must be:

  • Youth-friendly;
  • Inclusive and affirming of all young people;
  • And comprehensive, including when applicable, age-appropriate information and/or services about sexual and reproductive health—such as the full range of birth control methods and all pregnancy options (i.e., abortion, adoption, and parenting).

For example, information/services promoting sexual risk avoidance education, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, crisis pregnancy centers, or anti-abortion campaigns are not in alignment with Healthy Teen Network Guiding Principles and are not eligible to be shared or promoted at the Healthy Teen Network conference.

Yep, We’ve Got the Final Say

We reserve the right to reject any session proposal, at our discretion.

We may need to change your session type, room setup, or other details (we’ll still talk it through with you first).

Show Us the Magic!

We highly encourage interactive, diverse, and unique sessions. Need some tips on how to make your presentation fabulous? Our trainers have got your back!

Not Your First Time? That’s OK!

Session proposals do not need to be original—if you’ve submitted it or facilitated it before, that’s just fine.

Pick Your Type

Workshop Sessions (75 mins)

  • Feature an individual, group, or panel presentation
  • Must be engaging, interactive, and skills-building
  • Plan time to answer questions

Roundtable Sessions (45-mins)

  • Share information with a smaller group, conversation-style 
  • Plan to present for a maximum of 15 minutes (slides optional)
  • Lead a discussion for another 30 minutes without slides

Learning Add-Ons

  • Training opportunity for up to 30 participants that happens before the first general session of the conference (on Monday, November 18th)
  • 3 or 6 hours in length, providing a deep dive into one specific topic area
  • Separate, additional cost for attendees

Ready to Get This Party Started?

Want to make sure you’ve got everything ready to go? If you would like to preview the proposal form, you can download it as a PDF. This is everything you’ll need:

Required Proposal Items

All About Your (Adult) Presenters

  • Contact information
  • Brief summary or bio statement for each (150-word limit)

All About Your Youth Presenters

  • Name and affiliation
  • Brief summary or bio statement for each (150-word limit)

The Rundown for Your Session

  • Title
  • Description (150-word limit)
  • Focus areas and populations of interest
  • What you want your participants to know and be able to do at the end of your session (50-word limit)
  • Why it matters for the attendees (150-word limit)
  • What makes your session engaging and interactive (150-word limit)
  • And, if your session is about a curriculum or program…
    • Tell us what it is and share any related links or other materials
    • If relevant, share any supporting materials, such as evaluation studies, for the curriculum or program (PDF format, 1MB maximum, up to 10 files)

Additional Items for Learning Add-On Submissions Only

  • Resume or CV (PDF format, 1MB maximum)
  • Mini session outline (One-page maximum, PDF format, 1MB maximum) which explains:
    • The different segments of your session
    • Time allotted to each segment
    • Engagement tactics
    • SMARTIE learning objectives that align with the segment
  • Why this topic is more important to showcase as a learning add-on (150-word limit)
  • Selected finalists will be required to participate in a virtual interview to discuss their proposal

What Do I Need to Bring?

What We’ve Got

All sessions get standard AV:

  • Wireless internet
  • LCD projector and projection screen
  • Speakers
  • Presenter remote
  • Easel, paper pad, and markers


You must bring your own computer, if you want to display a presentation on the projection screen and connect to the LCD projector.

Always Accessorize

These days laptops and tablets come in all shapes and sizes with various adapters and ports. Be sure to bring whatever you need to connect your device to a projector with an HDMI cord. If you have specific questions about your device and what adapter you might need, please let us know before you pack and hop on your flight!


What Else Is There?

You Gotta Register

All presenters must register and pay to attend the conference by Monday, July 15, 2024. Registration isn’t open yet, but check out the rates for 2024.

What We Can Offer You

For Workshop and Roundtable Sessions, we cannot offer an honorarium or pay travel, per diem, or lodging expenses (we sure wish we could!). We do offer a discount of 15% on conference registration to the lead presenter only. 

For the lead trainer of a Learning Add-On, we offer a 100% discount on a full conference registration; one complimentary hotel night; a travel stipend of up to $550 to cover flight and ground transportation costs (based on location and airport of origin); and an honorarium of $350 (for a 3-hour training session) or $750 (for a 6-hour training session).

We Hope You Won’t Cancel, But If Life Happens…

You must notify Healthy Teen Network within 30 days of confirming your participation if you are not able to present at the conference. If you do not let us know more than 24 hours before your session, you will not be eligible to present at a Healthy Teen Network event for two years.


All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).
***Times and content subject to change***

Monday, November 18

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Full-Day Learning Add-On
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Half-Day Learning Add-On
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
General Session
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Networking Reception

Tuesday, November 19

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
General Session
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Awards Lunch
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
BIPOC Caucus

Wednesday, November 20

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
General Session

Join us in Phoenix

Set in the beautiful Phoenix North Mountain Preserve, the Hilton Phoenix Tapatio Cliffs Resort is a 20-minute drive north of downtown Phoenix.

The resort offers spacious all-suite accommodations, sun-drenched pools, cabanas, waterfalls, a water slide, fine dining, world-class golf, a full-service spa, mountain views, surrounding hiking trails, and is a central location to many nearby Phoenix attractions.

We have secured a special rate for a limited number of rooms. The discounted room block is expected to sell out, so we highly recommend reserving your room as soon as possible. Book your online reservation below.

Room Type
Guest Room
Guest Room:
Federal Government*

*Rate is dependent on the prevailing Federal Government Per Diem and is subject to change.

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