YETI, one of the strongest programs in the world of bleeding disorders across the US, is an experiential train-the-trainer weekend conference created by PNWBD. Teen programs that effectively address topics around successful transitions into young adulthood can be a wonderful way to build community, increase parent, teen and young adult engagement with your chapter, and get medically essential information to “stick.” But how do we build more than just an event here and there? How do we get teens to come? How do we keep them coming back and eventually transition them into giving back?
The YETI conference was dreamt up and designed by people who believe in the positive impact of quality youth programming, and this immersive weekend workshop will put you directly into the types of experiences that we know result in high impact teen events. Beyond that, bleeding disorder organizations will learn to build a map of how events become a program, and how a program can become a powerful driver of chapter and hemophilia treatment center (HTC) engagement.
YETI also provides for the beginnings of a national network of teens, aged 14 – 20. Currently, there is no real opportunity for teens to gather and develop relationships across state borders. Organizations throughout the US are doing some teen programming but very little is done outside of their HTC or chapter boundaries. The young participants will experience an Oregon teen weekend as a part of the Oregon Teen PEAK (Providing Education, Advocacy and Kinship) program.