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 will train and empower 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 will provide 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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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 will inspire 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

Project Zero will engage with 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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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 will use 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 will help 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 “Read more” to learn about our ongoing work in this space.

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Blog Posts

Announcing SCE’s Youth Voice Challenge Partners

When we announced our Tech and Society Youth Voice Challenge last winter, we sought the answer to a single question: How can young people inspire their peers to use technology in healthy ways and make digital …

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Building a Better Human-Tech Paradigm by 2023

This blog is the second in a series exploring our evolving thinking on the relationships between technology and society. We look forward to learning more about this emerging topic, and to sharing what we learn along …

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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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