"I wanted to become a part of this team because I believe some parents, with no intention, push away their children because they try to understand the social and technical world this generation was born in. I want to help these adults communicate with their children so that there are better bonds between families and so that the children can grow in a healthier environment." –Eddie
The teens involved in our various youth programs inform our work and ensure we’re always in-the-know on the latest trends in social media and online use. Participants can earn service hours and gain valuable work experience.
Each year we select 5 to 6 teens for participation in our six-week summer internship program. Interns attend weekly staff meetings, participate in MDT2 events, and help with clerical duties. In addition, interns are asked to research an area of their own interest relating to social media and to create a short presentation to present to the MDT2 team. We have a lot of fun and students are valued, appreciated, and active members of informing the work we do.
Focus Groups (for middle and high school students)
We want to elevate the voices of youth by providing them with opportunities to speak out about their experiences and challenges using social media. We learn so much from kids and teens and they truly make our work current and informed. There are four sessions during the summer – one each for middle school boys, middle school girls, high school boys, and high school girls.
Teen Advisory Board (for middle and high school students)
The kids on our board give us hope for the future of the internet. Through their insights and visions for the future, we believe they will be the ones to create a “kinder net.” Our teen board meets monthly throughout the school year and works with us directly to provide continuous improvement of our workshops and seminars.