Aaron Judge says #ICANHELP
Sharpie® and The Players’ Tribune have partnered to create a series around Uncap the Possibilities, which shows how a Sharpie gives people the power to unleash their imaginations — and to express how they’d like the world to be. Aaron Judge chose the #ICANHELP campaign to help “delete” negativity online.
(San Francisco, CA –July 16, 2018) – #ICANHELP, a non-profit that empowers teens to delete negativity online, is excited to announce our partnership with Aaron Judge as part of the #Uncap the possibilities campaign made possible through The Players’ Tribune and Sharpie.
For Aaron, uncapping the possibilities means, “drawing outside the lines the world puts you into, creating your own lines.” By drawing on kindness, respect and compassion, we can break the pattern of online negativity together. “I have two little cousins, 8 and 11, they’re just about to get into the social media world in a couple of years and I want to make a positive impact,” said Aaron. “The #ICANHELP foundation is really about deleting negativity on social media. Not only deleting it and trying to get rid of it. But empowering students, teachers and other young teens, giving them a system and plan to help stop negativity when they see it and produce a positive outcome.”
#ICANHELP is a non-profit organization committed to empowering students to play an active role in improving the online environment. To date, #ICANHELP has trained over 350,000 students across the United States on how to respond to online negativity and be positive online. Co-founder Kim Karr explains that, “Our goal is to give students the tools they need to be positive and speak up online against harassment, bullying and impersonation.” The organization and larger movement around #ICANHELP is having a meaningful impact in improving the online environment, says digital citizenship expert and #ICANHELP board member David Ryan Polgar. “At the end of the day, we are the web. #ICANHELP empowers teens to reflect on their role while equipping them with the needed communication skills to thrive online.”
With all of his success, Aaron is committed to making a difference off the field as well. “There’s no handbook for how we should conduct ourselves online. It’s kind of a free-for-all. That’s why I’m teaming up with #ICANHELP, a program that empowers students and teachers by giving them a plan to stop negativity when they see it.” By uniting a broad range of students, educators, and industry, #ICANHELP represents a student-centered, student-led approach to solving some of the complicated issues and social problems with tech use - students as part of the solution not the problem. Added Aaron, “It’s a great opportunity, I’m so excited to spread the word about #ICANHELP. The more awareness, the more people know about it, the more students it will impact around the world.”
Press contact for #ICANHELP:
Matthew Soeth, co-founder & Executive Director of #ICANHELP