Students helping adults with social media are discovering how to work with members of the community to promote positive messages.

Soft SkillsAt Topeka High School, the Topeka Social Ambassadors social media training initiative is using high school students to train citizens.  The initiative was created by the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, GO Topeka and Heartland Visioning

The idea is to have the 119 social ambassadors reach out and spread good news using the hashtag #topcity.

“We want to help more people see that,” said Mikki Burcher, one of the “gatekeepers” for the social ambassadors. “The easiest way to do that is to use each person’s social networks to spread out that message organically.”

Computer technology teacher Ann Hageman says that it is good for her students to teach older adults who may not have the tech savvy to know about social media.

“They’re really neat kids, they’re really smart kids, but they don’t toot their own horns,” she said. “They don’t tell you they’re smart. But I want them to know that they’re valuable, not just to my program but to the entire community.”

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