Whether young people are on their mobile devices or in front of a computer screen, being constantly connected can present both opportunities and challenges for our teens. That’s why last week, AT&T and three of Boston’s top youth organizations — Camp Harbor View, The Base, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston — launched a new initiative called AT&T Positively DigitalSM.
AT&T Positively Digital is designed to equip middle and high school students in Boston with leadership and online safety skills for the digital age. Throughout 2019, we will be developing events, activities and curricula that help kids enhance communication and critical thinking skills and encourage constructive online behavior. Youth at these organizations will create social media campaigns and learn how to use their voices for good through media like online radio and podcasts.
Last week’s launch event, held at the Boston Public Library, featured a panel discussion about leadership with three Boston youth, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. We also debuted two short films featuring the Governor and the Mayor, which they filmed with Boston teens as part of AT&T Positively Digital.
AT&T Positively Digital is part of the AT&T BelievesSM initiative, a nationwide commitment to engaging on issues critical to the wellbeing of the neighborhoods where we work and live.
I encourage you to read below, where you’ll find: more information about this effort; an op-ed that ran in the Boston Globe written by the heads of our three collaborating organizations; and links to the Mayor’s and Governor’s videos.
And be sure to follow @ATTNewEngland on Twitter for program updates, where you can use #ATTBelieves to join the conversation.
By making positive choices online, Boston’s youth can harness the power of technology to build a confident self-image, create positivity and support, and build strong, nurturing communities.
President — AT&T New England
AT&T Positively Digital empowers Boston’s youth to use technology to better their communities, both online and off. For more information, visit attbelieves.com/boston.
Boston Globe Opinion: "Creating positive communities online and in our neighborhoods," By Sharon McNally, Josh Kraft and Robert Lewis Jr.
As part of AT&T Positively Digital, Governor Baker hosted an intimate roundtable in May with a small group of Boston teens to discuss online leadership. Watch the roundtable.
Mayor Walsh filmed a Public Service Announcement with youth from each of the three participating organizations about the impact of online behavior on the community. Watch the PSA.