Digital Bridges Pittsburgh was formed in 2017 as an expansion of the work done by the Social Media Advisory Council:
- 2013- The Social Media Advisory Council is founded when a high-school rape case becomes aggravated by photos circulated via social media, intense national media attention, and public response on social media resulting in devastating legal ramifications and immeasurable social damage in the close-knit, the small town of Weirton, WV. The organization’s founders wanted to create a place, starting with a website, where people could go to learn responsible ways to conduct themselves on social media.
- 2014-2016 SMAC adopts the iRespect Program in conjunction with the WVU Extension Service.
- iRespect is a cyberbullying prevention program which fits curricular needs of 5th-8th-grade students. Students are taught skills to handle online conflict, relate to others, and maintain positive relationships.
- iRespect is currently being taught as part of the curriculum at Montessori Children’s Community School and has demonstrated a positive impact on students and how they relate to one another.
- 2016- Social Media Unlocked was created as a basic introduction to social media, platforms, building an audience, and ethics in social media. Feedback from the program was positive and there is potential for additional programs.
- Social Media Advisory Counsel Testimonial- from David Whalen, CEO
“I would like to express my confidence in Connie Capiotis. She has been a part of our organization for about 2 years and has provided valuable support for our mission.
Throughout her time with the Social Media Advisory Council, she has given social media presentations to many civic groups, has become an instructor for IRespect, an anti-cyberbullying program, and has worked hard soliciting funds on behalf of our organization. In September of 2016, we promoted her to the Executive Director position with the responsibility to grow our footprint in the greater Pittsburgh area. We consider her efforts in this role to have met and exceeded our expectations.
Connie is very knowledgeable in the field of social media, but more importantly, her enthusiasm for educating and promoting proper social media skills is outstanding. Although she has left our organization to pursue her own projects, we remain very supportive of her talents and wish her the best.”
- 2016- 412 YouthZone- Specializing in young adults aging out of the foster system (16-24). A presentation was given about positive communication and safety online.
- 2016-2017 Allentown and South Side Senior Centers-
- Delivered a program about basic technology skills, cybersecurity, and social media. We discussed topics like search, how to use technology for entertainment, and how to protect yourself online.
“Thanks again for coming to the Allentown Senior Center this morning! I could tell that they really enjoyed it. It’s rare that they can find people in their lives who will sit and talk about technology with them and listen to their questions and concerns. Thank you for that!” –Veronica, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
- February 2017: Digital Bridges Pittsburgh is established as an organization, being accepted for Fiscal Sponsorship by New Sun Rising. By embracing and addressing digital literacy and technology as a means to reduce poverty, level the educational playing field, reduce recidivism and offer unprecedented career readiness we aim to build amazing communities and give people the tools they need to excel.
- May 2017: So, You Want to Be A YouTube Star:
The workshop was given at Steeltown Productions. As students are highly engaged in social media, education around safe technology practices is essential to their development. This program teaches responsible self-promotion and business concepts such as pay-per-click advertising, branding, marketing, how to responsibly generate income and other concepts necessary for a career in social media or other digitally-oriented fields. We take a practical look at what it takes to make a safe, realistic living in the digital world.
- September 2017: Digital You! Protect and Promote:
Program delivered at Robert Morris University to the Women’s Leadership Mentorship program. This workshop teaches young adults how to use technology to learn and grow while also being protective of their brand and identity.
- Fall 2017: Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management: Scheduled to teach a 3-course series about how organizations can and should integrate technology.
- October 2017- Grantee supported by the Heinz Endowments as part the Hazelwood Mini-Grant Initiative for our Digital Bridges Mastermind Mentorship Program.