Real Talk is a mobile app that uses authentic stories and trusted resources to help teens know they are not alone in their experiences growing up. We crowdsource anonymous stories on sexual health, mental health, and identity related topics, carefully screen and curate all content, and pair each story with a high quality online resource before publishing it to the app. Our mission is to ensure that all teens have the information, resources, and support they need to be healthy, regardless of who they are or where they live. Our work has been generously featured in Teen Vogue, Forbes, and Fast Company. Real Talk is operated by MyHealthEd, Inc., a 501c3 based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
To date, Real Talk has reached more than 20,000 teens in all 50 U.S. states and 130 countries around the world. Approximately 84% of our current users identify as female, non-binary, or some other gender, 60% identify as Youth of Color and 36% identify as LGBTQ+. More than 77% report that they learned something new and the stories they read in Real Talk are helpful. Over the next 3 years, we aim to increase our reach and impact in helping teens know they are not alone, establish a steady funding stream to support growth in products and services, recruit and retain a team committed to advocating for youth needs, and establish cross-sector partnerships to leverage collective resources. Year 1 will focus on revamping our program models, filling key staff member roles, and securing funding to support our growth period.
We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed professional for a 1-year appointment (with option for renewal) to our Board of Directors. Our board members assist with strategic guidance, domain-specific expertise, leadership team coaching and accountability, and financial oversight of the organization. This is a volunteer opportunity that can be performed remotely.
We are currently seeking individuals to fill the following board positions:
- Technology: Someone with knowledge, expertise, and interest in mobile technology, product strategy, and entrepreneurship, with specific application in education, health, or social impact
- Adolescent Mental Health: Someone with knowledge, expertise, and interest in adolescent mental health, school psychology, or socioemotional learning (bonus points for a background in working with Black, Indigenous, Youth of Color and LGBTQ+ youth)
- Health Education: Someone with knowledge, expertise, and interest in adolescent health education (bonus points for a background in working with LGBTQ+ inclusive programs)
- Legal: Someone with knowledge, expertise, and interest in technology and/or nonprofit law (bonus points for familiarity with North Carolina technology law)
As an organization, we are committed to equity, inclusion, and social justice. We deal with a number of health topics among young people that require respect, humility, and self-awareness, and we expect those we work with to accept and value diverse life experiences across gender identity and expression, sexual health, LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, stigma, trauma, and consent.
We are particularly interested in recruiting Black, Indigenous, People of Color, people with disabilities, non-binary or trans identified folks, and others with diverse backgrounds; people with experience developing school and organizational partnerships; and/or people with previous nonprofit board experience.
If you are interested in this position, please email Cristina at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Real Talk Board Member” for more info.