Leos named Roddenberry Fellow & Real Talk fun facts

Hello Real Talk community,

We can’t believe that we’ve entered 2019! We’ve been reflecting on the past year and wanted to share some fun facts with y’all about the stories we collected in 2018:

  • We collected 924 stories in 2018 from teens around the world.

  • 32% of all stories that were submitted to our Real Talk app were submitted by users who identify as LGBTQ.

  • Among those story submitters who identify as LGBTQ, 48% of these story submitters also identify as non-White.

  • Our users submit the most stories on relationships (44%), then puberty (33%), and then bullying (23%).

  • LGBTQ users submitted the most stories on puberty (53%), then relationships (29%), and then bullying (18%).

We continue to be excited by the diversity of users we have on our Real Talk app and will spend the first part of 2019 exploring new ways to share our stories with teens outside of our app. To date, we’ve had more than 200,000 story views! In addition, we are honored to have received a $5K Flash Grant from the Shuttleworth Foundation to support our ongoing Real Talk work.

We also want to congratulate our co-founder Cristina for being named a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow! The Roddenberry Fellowship is focused on defending and protecting civil rights, immigration & refugee rights, LGBTQIA & women’s rights, and the environment. As a fellow, Cristina will receive: 12 months of leadership coaching and professional development opportunities, invitations to participate in two in-person retreats, and $50K to support our Real Talk work. We can’t wait for her to start her fellowship journey! In the meantime, check out Cristina’s guest appearance on the Parks & Recreation podcast Waffles Friends Work as she talks about Real Talk and Parks & Rec’s Sex Education episode.


Lastly, we are exploring new products and programs that would support schools, curriculum developers, and companies with teen-facing brands to better serve teens. If you’re interested in learning more, please email Vichi at vichi@myhealthed.org with the subject line “New products or services.”

We can’t wait to see what the rest of 2019 has in store for us and thank you all for your interest and support.

All the best,

Liz, Vichi, and Cristina

Liz Chen