When we feature the voices and stories of the school community, everyone is more connected.
Create a social media campaign in the style of “Humans of New York.” On a regular schedule (for example, every day or week), find a student or small group of students to profile by sharing their picture and story.
Type up the story they share or record it to type later. Make sure that the person being featured approves the picture and words before posting.
Tips & Suggestions:
- Prepare guiding questions beforehand to share with the student who is being featured. Consider what people at school would like to learn about each other.
- Include staff members too!
- Social media platforms that are free and easy to access are a great way of engaging individuals from all corners of your school’s community (Ahn, 2011; Xenos et al., 2014).
- As of 2018, over 90% of teens in America (age 13-17) use some form of social media (Pew Research Center, 2017).
- Studies show that social media can be used to improve community connectivity and even promote positive mental wellbeing (Allen et al., 2014; Davis, 2012; O’Reilly et al., 2018).