What is it really like to be a young person in America?
MyVoice was created to give young people an effective way to share their real-time thoughts and opinions on the issues that matter most in their lives.Many young people feel like their voices aren’t heard by the people shaping their schools, communities, and country. With MyVoice, young people across the United States can sound off on issues that matter today, in our weekly, text message-based polls. We chose text messaging as the way to hear from young people because this fits so easily with their day-to-day lives. Do you know anyone that doesn’t text? Responses are quickly analyzed so they can be shared with the policy makers, public agencies, and community groups that are making decisions that impact young people’s lives.
The goal of MyVoice is to lift up the voices and experiences of today’s youth in ways that help local and national leaders create more youth-friendly policies and programs!
The MyVoice project was created out of our shared passion for youth advocacy through the use of technology. MyVoice is driven by the collaborative efforts of our team of physicians and health researchers, high school and college-aged junior researchers, as well as social scientists, computer scientists, and designers.
Cathy Park is a user experience designer at University of Michigan Medical School and a recent graduate from the School of Information at University of Michigan. She is interested in improving users’ experience on websites to support the community of MyVoice. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and exploring different types of food and coffee.
Sam Schuiteman is a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. He has experience shaping policies affecting young people from his years working on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Outside of school he likes exploring coffee shops and trying out new recipes.
VG Vinod Vydiswaran
Karissa Koomen is a Research Assistant and an undergraduate nursing student at the University of Michigan. Her professional interests include labor and delivery, nutrition, and women’s health. In her free time she enjoys running, playing soccer, camping, and cooking/eating.