Students Recognized for Using Digital for Good

Aug
2017
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What a fantastic headline! 

It can get exhausting hearing about the negativity of online harassment and how incivility is rising digitally.

Thanks to #ICANHELP, they put out a call for nominees of students that are making a positive impact online. They recently announced who they will be recognizing at their first annual #Digital4Good event which will be at Twitter headquarters.

Reprinted with permission:

(San Francisco, CA –August 1, 2017) – After receiving numerous submissions from across the country, #ICANHELP is thrilled to announce the students that will be recognized at the upcoming #Digital4Good. Happening on Monday, September 18th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST at Twitter HQ in San Francisco, this is the inaugural event celebrating empowered digital citizens.

Each of these students were nominated by a member of their community and then evaluated by our panel of students, educators, and industry representatives. While we often hear stories of tech misuse, our award winners are students using digital for good.

The following students will be recognized for their work on September 18 in San Francisco, CA at Twitter HQ, with more specific information about their individual accomplishments to be shared in the coming weeks. Congratulations to Cody Craft, Excelsior Middle School, Brentwood, CA; Erika deGuia, Heritage High School, Brentwood, CA; Samantha Lucero, Chino Hills High School, Chino Hills, CA; Astrid Maunsbach, Carlssonskolan, Stockholm, Sweden; Nina Nguyen, Orange High School, Orange, CA; Bailey Wilcox, Grossmont High School, El Cajon, CA; Kara Hopgood, Mount Boucherie Secondary School, Kelowna, BC, Canada; Maeve Repking, St. Petronile, Glen Ellyn, IL; Samantha Bisbee, Patriot High School, Jarupa Valley, CA; Mia Moran, Bristow Middle School, Brentwood, CA; Mitch Fisher, Northwest High School, Grand Island, NE; Sophie Bernstein, Clayton High School, St. Louis, MO; Tony Salazar, Exeter Union High School, Exeter, CA; Maxwell Surprenanat, St. Sebastian’s School, Needham, MA.

#Digital4Good is being spearheaded by #ICANHELP, a non-profit organization committed to empowering students to play an active role in improving the online environment. The event on September 18th is #ICANHELP’s first national event, and is meant to raise awareness of the power of student voice for social good in social media. Students as empowered stakeholders. Co-founder Kim Karr explains that, “#ICANHELP has worked with over two hundred and fifty thousand students to be the digital change they want to see.” Co-founder Matt Soeth added, “The focus is always too much on the negative, and we have some amazing youth out there making a difference. We want students to inspire students to be digital leaders.”

By uniting a broad range of students, educators, and industry people, the #Digital4Good event on September 18 represents a student-centered, student-led approach to solving some of the complicated issues and social problems in social tech use – students as part of the solution not the problem! It aims to raise awareness, offer real-world best practices, and celebrate the many examples of students using digital for good.

Twitter will host the first annual #Digital4Good event at their San Francisco headquarters and it will be live streamed through #ICANHELP’s Twitter account or through our website to a global audience. Anyone from across the country and globe will be able to watch the event live and free through @icanhelp and on the organization’s website.

More information can be found at icanhelpdeletenegativity.org.

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