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Answer’s Alex Medina Joins YTH

February 27, 2015

It is with great pleasure that YTH and Answer announce that Alex Medina will be joining YTH as its Digital Communications Officer starting March 30.

For seven years, Alex shared his passion for technology and empowering young people with health information through his work on Answer’s award-winning sexual health website for teens, Alex also managed social media for Answer and content on its organizational website. He provided in-person and online social media training and has been a frequent panelist at YTH Live. In addition, Alex worked on the redesign of in 2012 and oversaw the development of a sex education game called Safer Sex Shuffle, winner of the 2013 Games for Change Game Design Competition.

Alex will now bring his wealth of experience in web, social media and project management to the YTH team. In his new role, Alex will lead YTH’s digital communication initiatives at the organizational and programmatic level to explore and develop innovative ways to reach the community with critical information and valuable resources.

YTH and Answer are thrilled to see Alex make this transition in the field, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate on projects that support young people’s health and well-being.

With Alex’s pending transition, Answer seeks a digital media associate who will play a key role in supporting Answer’s digital communications strategy and use of web, social media and other digital platforms to provide and promote comprehensive sexuality education. Read more about this exciting opportunity (PDF) and apply online.

Answer Welcomes New Executive Director

January 22, 2015

Answer is pleased to announce that Nicole Cushman, MPH, Director of Education for PPFA, will become Answer’s new executive director, effective February 16, 2015.

For over 30 years Answer has trained educators to provide high-quality sexuality education and educated young people through its teen-written, award-winning publication, Sex, Etc. Answer is poised to continue this great work under the leadership of Nicole Cushman.

Nicole has nearly 15 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health as both an educator and trainer. She began her career as a sexuality educator with Planned Parenthood in the San Francisco Bay Area, working directly with teens and parents in schools and community settings. In her role as Director of Education for PPFA, Nicole has worked with Planned Parenthood affiliates to strengthen sexuality education policies and programs across the country. She holds an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where she undertook research on promising sexuality education programs across the U.S. which was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Sex Education. Her work improving and expanding access to sexuality education nationally has well prepared her to take the helm at Answer.

Answer is delighted to have Nicole’s leadership and passion for empowering young people through honest, accurate sexuality education. We look forward to her expanding on Answer’s current initiatives and continuing the work of providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education. In her new role, Nicole will provide strategic vision for Answer, oversee the implementation of its strategic plan, provide budget and operations oversight and manage key relationships with national- and state-level organizations.

Answer is pleased to share this news with you, and we know this transition will further strengthen the field of sexuality education.