#ICANHELP Founder Kim Karr and lead intern Malorie Bournazian show students and adults how to use technology and social media for good. This non-profit gives students a voice by working side by side with student interns and volunteers. Today they share tips on how to use Digital 4 Good, how to celebrate youth innovation, empowers digital changemakers and promotes digital safety.
After 13 years of teaching, Kim now gives students a voice by speaking full time and working side by side with the student interns and volunteers. In fact she is a co-founder of the non-profit called #ICANHELP. Kim shows students and adults to use technology and social media for good. #ICANHELP, an effective, outcome-based program, has received recognition from Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and major tech companies like Google, Twitter + Facebook. #ICANHELP celebrates youth innovation, empowers digital changemakers and promotes digital safety. Kim has presented the #ICANHELP program to over 450,000 students, and has been instrumental in taking down a thousand negative social media sites.
Malorie was a 2018 Digital4Good Winner, part of the 2019 student internship program, and is now #ICANHELP’s Lead Intern! She is a junior at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is working towards a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Mal believes in the power of social media and wants to help inspire students to find their purpose through their passions! She is #ICANHELP’s biggest cheerleader and we are so lucky to have her on our team! She constantly works to foster the #ICANHELP family and challenges us to dream big!
Courage Up Moment
Kim taught in a small town of around 600 students while she was developing #ICANHELP. She was constantly telling her students to step out of their comfort zones and continue to move forward. Her students started telling her she needed to step outside of her comfort zone and spread #ICANHELP to more districts and people. Leaving a job she truly left to go work for a nonprofit was the huge courageous moment for her.
Malorie’s Courage Up moment started when she was the primary caretaker for her mom with breast cancer, going to school full time, and working full time managing the interns for #ICANHELP. When she was 15, her mom was diagnosed with cancer and had to mature pretty quickly being her primary caregiver. While she was in college, during her winter break freshman year, her mom’s cancer came back. Her entire perspective changed. It was her mom’s strength that helped her be strong for the #ICANHELP’s interns and to stay strong and courageous for both of her families.
This moment taught her it’s ok to be vulnerable. The interns encouraged and taught her to share her vulnerabilities and what she was going through because that will only inspire people around her.
Impact of the Courage Up Moment
12.5 millions students have been impacted! The curriculum has been created either to educate educators or to educate students. Kim has trained high schoolers who then go and train the middle school students, the elementary students and the parents. The vision and the goal is to team up with big corporate companies to sponsor events and bring in students into the headquarters. They have made a big impact and domino effect. We need training on using these powerful devices.
Celebrating is at the foundation of everything they do. At their work party, it was so important for them to celebrate because they just made it to 10K. They did a salsa dance session from Marlon, a salsa dancer they met on Clubhouse the last 15 minutes of their work party.
When anyone comes in, they tell them they are part of their #ICANHELP family. When you're a part of family, you’re part of something
One Way to be Safe with Devices
With students, make sure the platform is set to private and location services are turned off.
What Kim and Malorie Learned from Each Other
Kim taught Malorie how to have fun.
Malorie taught Kim to appreciate, and live with positive vibe.
How to Use Digital 4 Good
Adding more positive content to the online platforms
Use #digital4good so we can celebrate it
Check in on people on a regular basis with devices
Check out Digital 4 Good Summit on April 20-23rd
Malorie - “Always grow through something you’re going through” No matter what you’re going through, you can pull something positive from it.
Kim “You always have something to give.”
Malorie- Boomerang by JoJo Siwa
Kim- Good Day by Nappy Roots
Malorie- I Love You Forever
Register for the DIGITAL4GOOD Virtual Summit Celebrating Youth Innovation
Connect Wit #ICANHELP
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Twitter I Can Help
Facebook I Can Help
Linkedin I Can Help
Connect With Ming:
Facebook: Ming Shelby
Listen to songs on the Courage Up Playlist!
Courage Up Facebook Community