PH International

Youth Use Social Media for Civic Engagement in Georgia

Georgia | Applied Civic Education and Teacher Training (ACETT) program for Georgia | 11 Mar 2011

PH International, in the framework of the USAID-funded Applied Civic Education and Teacher Training Program, launched social media trainings for students in school civics clubs. The two-day trainings teach young leaders in grades 9-12 how to use social media for civic engagement. Students are leveraging blogs, online communities, viral promotion, and offline action to find solutions for issues that youth face on a daily basis. In addition raising awareness of important issues, young social media practitioners use social networking to connect with like-minded peers from across Georgia and the region to create larger, more diverse, and more impactful campaigns. Trainings have already been conducted in Guria, Kakheti and Tbilisi. By the end of March, as many as 140 students from 90 schools throughout Georgia will complete the program.