Welcome to Volt20!

Volt20 is the ultimate health resource guide every young person needs to help them thrive. Volt20, a project of Healthy Teen Network, helps youth think about their lives, decide what they like about their lives right now, what they wish were different, and plan for a healthy future. Volt20 helps adolescents and young adults,up to 24 years old, focus on what’s going on with their bodies, minds, relationships, and the places they live, learn, work, and play. It helps them create a written “game plan” for establishing, maintaining, or sustaining a life of health and well-being.

Youth and young adults can power up by answering Volt20’s 20 health questions. After selecting the health issues that concern them the most, they can learn how to start making significant changes. They can share their results with an adult caregiver, teacher, or counselor. Direct them to use the journal to write down their goals and reflect on how they can take steps to achieve them.

Volt20 for Educators

The power of Volt20 lies in its versatility. Young people can complete the survey and read the youth guide by themselves, or they can enlist the support of an adult caregiver, teacher, or counselor. Caring adults have their own facilitator guide which provides information on each health topic and also offer tips on how to talk to young people about engaging in healthy behaviors.  

Educators, counselors, and health workers can use Volt20 to engage young people in healthy behavior change. Adults can engage young people using a one-on-one approach, or they can facilitate Volt20 in large groups with our group planning guide and other resources. If you need additional assistance implementing Volt20, or would like formal training for your staff, contact us at CapacityBuilding@HealthyTeenNetwork.org.

Everyone Loves Volt20!

An evaluation of Volt20 with 142 diverse youth ages 14 to 24 showed that young people and caring adults alike were very satisfied with Volt20. Overall, young people found the content approachable and informative. Caring adults appreciated the tools to help them engage in a conversation about life goals and healthy behavior with young people. Our evaluation report summarizes the findings nicely.

what we're hearing about volt20...

 

“Great experience I got after studying the Guide and writing down some of my life’s goals in the Journal.”

“I work with youth, so I thought even as an adult it was a good activity because it helped her reflect. I would recommend this activity for students or teens because I think everyone needs a form of reflection and this activity did just that.”

“Now I can see a positive difference [in] my child’s behavior because he started to learn to be responsible for himself. This is progress in him, everything should start slowly but to get the desired goal.” 

“Ever since [completing the activity], I’ve been more interested in eating more fruits because I realized how unhealthy I’ve been eating.”

I feel like I’m just more equipped with better options to help them live healthier lives. For example, instead of saying ‘just get more sleep,’ I can give them better answers or resources for that behavior if they ever asked.”

Healthy Teen Network envisions a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Healthy Teen Network promotes better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social change, cultivating innovation, and strengthening youth-supporting professionals and organizations. Since 1979, we have served as a national membership organization (501c3) for adolescent health professionals and organizations, promoting a holistic approach—our Youth 360° frame—to improve the health and well-being of young people because how and where we live, learn, and play matters.

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