BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Cari Doutre – Feb. 4, 2020
High school students (grades 9-12) in Box Elder County have an opportunity to participate in an internship that will not only help them with their future careers, but also spread awareness to important social issues surrounding their communities.
The “Be Internet Awesome” initiative wants to bring awareness to the importance of internet safety. This is a state-wide movement that is gaining attention at the local level as well.
The work is simple for high school interns - have positive, but quick, conversations with community leaders to spread the initiative message’s that everyone needs to make smart decisions in this digital world and be safe.
There no asking for money or funding, just a conversation. It’s in those positive conversations and connections that My Discovery Destination! hopes will open doors for future contact, mentoring or friendships with local community leaders. Most importantly, the experience will help make a positive difference in communities.
“It’s a pretty ingenious way to help students meet people that can help them succeed down the road, have great content for resumes and applications, and of course gain valuable experience and skills,” said Sharilee Griffiths, Director of My Discovery Destination!
My Discovery Destination! program has community locations throughout Utah, two in Box Elder County. In both Tremonton and Brigham City, there are resources to help members of the community. They also offer support to non-profits at a local level and help promote important local and state initiatives that strengthen families such as “Be Internet Awesome.”
“The “Be Internet Awesome” internship also has opportunities for students who are interested in media, graphic design, event planning and journalism,” said Tori Jones, the Box Elder Community Coordinator for My Discovery Destination!
Jones also met with members of the Garland City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The mission of My Discovery Destination! is to provide opportunities for families to grow stronger by strengthening them with local resources. Those opportunities are interconnected with local businesses that are family friendly and community oriented.
The “Be Internet Awesome” proclamation is set to be signed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert on Feb. 18, 2020. The initiative efforts will occur starting in February 2020 through the end of May 2020.
The goal of this initiative is to: - Help kids and parents alike to be safe, confident explorers of the online world. - Prepare kids to make smart decisions and learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety. - Provide families with support in establishing proactive conversations about online wellbeing and digital safety. - Share best practices for parenting in a digital age and tools to foster parent-child interaction and - Empower parents with resources and research to equip their families to be safer online.
Students can apply for an internship at: http://MyDiscoveryDestination.com/kts
For more information email them at: Wattson@MyDiscoveryDestination.com