2019 #Digital4Good Recap

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The digital positivity event of the year, #Digital4Good, reached thousands of youth, educators, nonprofit organizations and leaders through the Digital4Good.net live-stream along with a packed room of students, teachers, community leaders and industry influencers on September 16th. Nine young award-winners shared their stories of how they used digital tools for good and tips for their peers. #ICANHELP hosted the event, which was held at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters and streamed to a worldwide audience through Facebook’s Education page

Well Being Trust 

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I’m here because community saved my life.
— Tyler Norris, CEO of Well Being Trust

The day-long event kicked off with a “power-hour,” where nine award winners and several industry leaders gave short presentations on their efforts and journeys in becoming positive social influencers. During the power-hour, we announced our existing partnership with the Well Being TrustWell Being Trust, part of Providence St. Joseph Health, is a nonprofit organization that works to advance an individual's mental, social and spiritual health. We also introduced the digital tool kit in the works for students. The tool kit will include a variety of resources, lessons, and support topics around mental health and digital wellness.  

“With the exponential increase in anxiety, depression, and suicide among young people, we are working hard with multiple partners to launch a platform for youth on this important topic and are very excited about our work with Well Being Trust.”  says #ICANHELP Co-Founder Matt Soeth.

“With the exponential increase in anxiety, depression, and suicide among young people, we are working hard with multiple partners to launch a platform for youth on this important topic and are very excited about our work with Well Being Trust.” says #ICANHELP Co-Founder Matt Soeth.

Event Highlights and Winners 

Nine of the twelve student winners shared their stories on using social media and modern technology to make an impact on the world. These efforts ranged from pairing groups of friends together to prevent teen suicide (Gabby Frost, Buddy Project) to a nonprofit focused on helping first responders assist quickly with natural disasters. (ShreeyaArora, Tracking Our Heroes).  


Gabrielle Frost, Buddy Project 

Gabrielle Frost, Buddy Project

Gabrielle Frost, Buddy Project

Shreeya Arora, Tracking Our Heroes

Shreeya Arora, Tracking Our Heroes

Christina Mazzi, Project WOC (Women of Color)

Christina Mazzi, Project WOC (Women of Color)

Shreya Venkat, NEST4US

Shreya Venkat, NEST4US

Nothing is impossible, you just have to have the passion and dedication to give back
— Shreyaa Venkat NEST4US
Clementine Chamberlain & Ananda Sudol, This Club Saves Lives

Clementine Chamberlain & Ananda Sudol, This Club Saves Lives

Michael Pascal, Vets Van Stanislaus

Michael Pascal, Vets Van Stanislaus

Riley Damiano, The Blue Lollipop Project

Riley Damiano, The Blue Lollipop Project

Olivia Rush, SunshineLovesYou.com

Olivia Rush, SunshineLovesYou.com

Ashley Lin, Project Exchange

Ashley Lin, Project Exchange

 Special Guests 

 Talent at the event included inspirational speaker, Shane Feldman, and March For Our Lives activist, Tyah Roberts. The two did a phenomenal job emceeing and helped the event run smoothly. Special guests also included comedian and Instagram influencer Adam Weheed (@AdamW), #ICANHELP Founders Kim Karr and Matt Soeth, “Ten Feet Tall” author and speaker Brandon Farbstein, and a special video from MLB All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge.  

@AdamW

@AdamW

Brandon Farbstein, author “ Ten Feet Tall ”

Brandon Farbstein, author “Ten Feet Tall

The event couldn’t have gone better,” says #ICANHELP Co-Founder Matt Soeth. “We would like to thank our award-winners, attendees, streamers, partners, and sponsors for making #Digital4Good possible.”  

If you missed the Livestream of the event, you can watch the power-hour portion of #Digital4Good here on the #ICANHELP Facebook page

 Learn more about #Digital4Good and get involved in next year’s event here  

 

Keep a lookout for write-ups on each of our nine award-winners and their causes.  

Matt Soeth