Executive Summary

What is it really like to be a young person in America?

“Experts” often speak on behalf of youth. Policymakers. Educators. Doctors. Community leaders. The media. But do these experts really know the views of young people?
The MyVoice team believes that youth are the best experts of their own experiences.
Every week, MyVoice connects with young people through real-time text message polling. We reach young people where they are mostly likely to respond – their phones – and where they have the ability and the privacy to quickly provide honest and insightful responses.
Directly engaging youth, aged 14-24, allows us to highlight their lives in their own words and to share what we learn with people who need to better understand what youth need, think, and experience.
The data are quickly and expertly analyzed, then shared with the policymakers, public agencies and community groups making decisions that directly affect the lives of young people.
MyVoice is elevating the voices and experiences of young people to inform policies and programs that improve their lives.

Overview of the Participants

The Numbers

Text Messages Sent
Unique Zipcodes

Geographic Representation of Participants

Where You At?


Who Are They?

Quotes From MyVoicers

What motivates them to answer our questions each week?

About Us

Who Are We

MyVoice was created out of our passion for elevating youth voice to inform policies and practices that affect their lives and wellbeing. MyVoice is driven by the collaborative efforts of our team of physicians, health researchers, social scientists, computer scientists, designers, and students.
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High School Students
Sasha Akuezue Chloe Harper
Undergraduate Students
Fumiya Abe-Nornes
Omar Ilyas
Ivana Khreizat
Georgia Wood
Graduate Students
Katherine Jones

Medical Students

Arrice Bryant
Kathryn Holt
Kate Kollars
Sam Schuiteman
Arianna Strome
Tara Sulur
Aisling Zhao
Postdocs & Fellows
N’dea Moore-Petinak
Faculty & Staff

Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS
Kiren Chaudhry
Matthew Davis, MD MAPP
Melissa Dejonckheere, PhD
Timothy Guetterman, PhD
Cornelius Jamison, MD MSPH
Sunghee Lee, PhD
Okeoma Mmeje, MD MPH
Michelle Moniz, MD, MSc
Noa Kim, MSI
Cathy Park, BSI
Missy Plegue, MS
Kelsey Rose
Sarita Schoenebeck, PhD
Rick Schulte
Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH
Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD
V.G. Vinod Vydiswaran, PhD
Marika Waselewski, MPH

Youth Voice in Academic Publications and Popular Press

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Published Papers

Crissman HP, Czuhajewski C, Moniz MH, Plegue MA, Chang T. Youth perspectives regarding the regulating of bathroom use by transgender individuals. J Homosex. 2019;1-16. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1618646
DeJonckheere M, Fisher A, Chang T. How has the presidential election affected young Americans? Child Adol Psychiatry Ment Health. 2018;12:8. PMCID: PMC5809872
DeJonckheere M, Nichols L, Moniz M, Sonneville K, Vydiswaran VG, Zhao X, Guetterman TC, Chang TMyVoice national text message survey of youth 14-24yo: Study Protocol. JMIR Res Prot. 2017;6(12):e247. PMCID: PMC5742661
Guetterman TC, Chang T, DeJonckheere, M, Basu T, Scruggs E, Vydiswaran VGV. Augmenting qualitative text analysis with natural language processing. J Med Internet Res. 2018;20(6):e231.
Mackey CN, Plegue MA, Deames ME, Kittle MC, Sonneville K, Chang T. Family physicians’ knowledge and beliefs regarding the health effects of added sugar. SAGE Open Med. 2018 Sep 19;6:2050312118801245. PMCID: PMC6146324
Sonneville KR, Mulpuri L, Khreizat I, Nichols LP, Plegue MA, Chang T. Youth Preferences for Weight-Related Conversations. Health Commun. 2019 Jul 10:1-6. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1631566.
Van Sparrentak, M, Chang T, Miller AL, Nichols LP, Sonneville KR. Youth opinions about guns and gun control in the United States. JAMA Pediat. 2018;172(9):884-886.
Zucker NA, Schmitt C, DeJonckheere MJ, Nichols LP, Plegue MA, Chang T. Confidentiality in the doctor-patient relationship: Perspectives of youth ages 14-24 years. J Pediatr. 2019; pii: S0022-3476(19)30673-0.



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