Shape the Sky’s mission is to “create responsible kids on smartphones” (or devices). The heart of my career over the past twenty-five years has been helping kids succeed and improve their lives. When I am meeting one-on-one with a young person, it’s easy to connect, give advice, and push them towards success. Through my counseling career and working with students in schools, I build a connection and the ability to encourage them.
Once I started traveling the country talking about social media and mental health, the connection to youth was lost in my message to a certain degree. I was still developing and delivering training content that was a result of connecting with kids in schools, but the voice of the kids themselves started to fade.
Over the years, I’ve been trying to find great ways to have youth be a direct part of the mission. However, it has proven to be a difficult task. Finding the right way to have a youth voice hasn’t been easy. I’ve been able to share some stories of inspirational kiddos through the Youth Spotlight and showcase the wonderful things they have done. However, those kids were doing great things outside of my mission on their own. What I was looking for was a way to essentially have kids that are already “responsible kids on smartphones” create content and inspiration for other kids and adults in this ever changing digital world.
I’d like to introduce the Youth Projects page of the website. Here is where I will be able to host youth projects that align with the mission of Shape The Sky. I’m kicking off this section with two projects completed by a Montour High School CHS Cybersecurity and Law class led by the teacher Michael Waldron. Mr. Waldron approached me and asked if he could have one of his classes put together a project about technology and social media and “Absolutely!” was my response. I connected with his class and gave them some of my goals from Shape the Sky. These students then developed their own ideas and projects, and I’m now very proud to be able to bring them to you. Their two projects will hopefully be the kick off to many more student-led resources for adults and kids.
If you are the teacher of a class that would be interested in creating some resources for parents and/or students as a class project, send me a message, and let’s get it started!!