Tech and Society

Today’s youth are growing up in a world that’s more connected by the day.This reality offers both unprecedented challenges and limitless potential. This program supports solutions that help youth build healthy relationships with technology that will help them thrive in the Digital Age.

If kids can build positive and purposeful relationships with technology, they can understand how it works, how it affects them, and how to use it to make their lives better. Encompassing issues like privacy, mental health, and youth activism, this program supports nonprofits that help youth navigate an increasingly connected world.

Tech and Society

Today’s youth are growing up in a world that’s more connected by the day.This reality offers both unprecedented challenges and limitless potential. This program supports solutions that help youth build healthy relationships with technology that will help them thrive in the Digital Age.

If kids can build positive and purposeful relationships with technology, they can understand how it works, how it affects them, and how to use it to make their lives better. Encompassing issues like privacy, mental health, and youth activism, this program supports nonprofits that help youth navigate an increasingly connected world.

Grant Partners

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Beam Center

Beam Center is training and empowering two diverse cohorts of young people to conduct their own research on the topic of Healthy Digital Futures.

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Center for Humane Technology

CHT’s education program creates and shares high-quality, evidence-informed resources with adolescents, parents, and educators at high schools across the U.S.

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Digital Harbor

Digital Harbor’s project provides approximately 40 Baltimore youth with the equipment, training, and mentorship to research, produce, and market their own podcast that discusses the most pressing technology issues they face today.

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DreamYard

DreamYard collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts.

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Erikson Institute

Erikson Institute’s project project uses teen voices and experiences to research, develop, and implement a technology peer-to-peer mentoring program.

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Free Spirit Media

Free Spirit Media transforms media and society by providing opportunities for emerging creators, primarily from communities of color, to produce and distribute original content and to pursue artistic, personal and professional aspirations.

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Games for Change

Their project inspires young people to shape the culture of online communities, advance youth leadership and advocacy for safe, diverse, and inclusive gaming experiences, and build positive game communities that counter toxicity.

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PeaceCasters

This Louisville-based program helps young leaders become influencers on social media and in their communities by sharing stories, practicing positive communication, and building community online and off.

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Project Zero

Harvard’s Project Zero engages youth in a participatory design project to develop a Digital Well-being Toolkit, which they will pilot and disseminate in partnership with youth-focused organizations.

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Spy Hop Productions

Spy Hop’s youth-led participatory research, design, and media project engages 400+ Utah youth in challenges, podcasts, and data storytelling to foster digital mindfulness and collective resilience.

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START | Stand Together and Rethink Technology

Launched in 2017, Stand Together and Rethink Technology (START) seeks to drive widespread adoption of key digital health behaviors and build broader awareness about digital health and well-being by providing conversation guides and resources for parents.

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University of California – Davis

The research team at the University of California – Davis is partnering with the Erikson Institute and Northwestern University to run a national longitudinal survey of young people examining the differences in media use during COVID, during the initial phases post-COVID and once settled into the new normal as it relates to mental health and well-being.

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University of Wisconsin: Social Media & Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT)

The SCE grant facilitates youth engagement and collaboration through the Technology and Media (TAM) Youth Advisory Council.

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Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI)

Yale’s project uses a free program called InspirED to empower students to design and implement projects they believe best support healthy technology habits among their peers.

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Youth Emerging Stronger (YES)

This youth-led project helps participants explore their own engagement with technology and ensure that their use of social media aligns with their long-term plans to enjoy academic and professional success.

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Our Challenge

Youth Voice in the Digital Age

Our Tech and Society Youth Voice Challenge seeks the answer to a single question: How can young people inspire their peers to use technology in healthy ways and make digital spaces better for everyone?

Applications for this Challenge have been closed and partners have been selected. Click “Learn more” to read about this Challenge.

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Blog Posts

Youth Voice in the Digital Age Cohort: Convening Two

It was time again to convene our Youth Voice cohort for (hopefully) the last virtual gathering. We originally assembled our Tech and Society ‘Youth Voice in the Digital Age’ cohort in pursuit of the answer to …

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Convening Our Youth Voice Cohort… Virtually

By the Susan Crown Exchange, featuring insights from the Stanford d.school. When we launch a Challenge, we do so with the intent of building a cohort of organizations that work together towards a common goal. This …

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#DearSocialMedia

Chicago Ideas + ATTN: Media

It’s no surprise that a generation who grew up on the internet has plenty of insights on how to make it better. These teens challenged today’s biggest technology companies to thoughtfully improve their platforms for young people and the world at large.

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Past Work

Today’s youth grow up in a world that’s changing by the day. Our Tech and Society partners helped young people thrive in this rapidly changing world by building positive and productive relationships with technology.

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