November 29, 2020 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Haarika Kalahasti; Edited by Adya Kumar
Although COVID-19 has negatively impacted many small businesses, individuals have begun to step up to promote change. Another organization that emerged during this pandemic is Teen Health 101.
Teen Health 101 is a platform dedicated to informing and educating teens on health by posting engaging articles, videos, podcasts, and magazines for teens, by other teenagers. It was founded in the summer of 2020 by Valeri Guevarra, a high school junior from New Jersey who is passionate about health, writing, and helping others, and had just gone through a fitness journey. diet. By June, she developed habits that allowed her to live a healthier lifestyle, naturally. She spent a couple of months reflecting on what she had learned and she realized the youth was misinformed on trending topics. Guevarra realized that there is no real platform for teens to rely on for these health topics in an easy to understand manner, so she created Teen Health 101 to do just that.
Currently, the organization targets the youth, primarily from ages 12-17 through the use of various social media platforms. The topics they cover include mental health, school, and anything teens may be interested in. They post this content on their website through frequent articles, aesthetically pleasing magazines, and engaging podcasts and youtube videos. Teen Health 101 is currently working on the podcasts and they hope to sort of make it a “lunch-table” conversation with current medical students.
Through their platform, they hope to do three things: inform, educate, and discover. To inform, they provide a lot of content on all their platforms. To educate, they purposely emphasize and repeat some information to educate others on certain health topics. Lastly, to encourage others to discover, they touch on trending and important topics people may not know much about before.
What differentiates Teen Health 101 from other health-related platforms is that they provide reliable information written by teens for teens. This way, it will be easier for teens to understand the information. Valeri hopes that one day it will become widely known platform teens can rely on for health.
It’s truly inspiring to see the leaders of Gen Z, like Valeri Guevarra, use their voices to help others! When asked about her experience starting Teen Health 101, Valeri said “It is a bit easier since there are more resources because of COVID. It was an interesting experience for me because I learned a lot more when doing things rather than just hearing about it. It’s a lot of hands-on and interactive and you have to motivate yourself without anyone telling you to. Most importantly, the drive has to come within you.” It’s amazing to see how Valeri was able to bring Teen Health 101 this far and find like-minded individuals like her! Valeri’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners is to “Just start. When you get the ball rolling, everything will start to come together. Make sure to always reach out to people who care about you or your cause. They will, for sure, be happy to help you and give you advice. Never be afraid to reach out to them and get the ball rolling.” These points are vital to starting a business and having the possibility to succeed in the real world! Valeri’s passion for health and ability to take charge in the community is something the world needs a bit more of, and it’s impressive to see young leaders, like Valeri Guevarra make a difference!