An EPIK Launch

July 7, 2014

On July 7, 2014, a group of passionate people from various sectors in the community got together to launch an unprecedented collaborative initiative to create solutions to help Empower Productive & Inoculated Kids. This gathering was a starting point toward sustained community and cultural change.

Issue Mapping

August 28, 2014

The bulk of the meeting time was spent facilitating dialogue about the issue at hand. Participants were each invited to write down their thoughts on opportunities/positives/hopes and obstacles/pitfalls/concerns around the issue of raising children in a tech-saturated world.

Issue Clustering

September 30, 2014

While in the early stages of Collective Impact opinion data is important to gather, and very soon we will focus on gathering hard data. Today, three working groups clustered positives of technology, negatives of technology, and the youth council's input.

Landscape Mapping

November 5, 2014

Everyone wrote down the WHO, WHAT, and WHY to lay the foundation for preliminary data-gathering and issue analysis in Phase 2. It became clear that there are many resources that are available, but not a lot of knowledge within the community about what is available.

Integrating Adult + Youth Issue Maps

December 4, 2014

Figuring out solutions for children is impossible without their insights and knowledge. Read about how we processed input from both youth and adults to map the positives and negatives of technology.

Data Resource Pooling

January 28, 2015

Phase 2 will involve more specific work using data to start to scope the issue, map the landscape, make a case for the Alliance’s work, and engage in community outreach.

Phase I Summary

April 1, 2015

The purpose of this meeting was to review what the Alliance did in Phase I, and to talk about next steps as we move into Phase II.


Network Weaving

April 1, 2015: The ability to map, understand and weave networks strategically enhances collective impact initiatives, making them more likely to succeed.

Working Meeting: Identifying Short-term Wins

June 26, 2015: An “EPIK quick win” builds on something that is already in motion in the state or community, and that could benefit from expanding to include more "buckets"or sectors. These short-term wins can help people get accustomed to working in a collaborative way across sectors, build relationships in the community, create momentum and energy around collaborative work.



Short-term Wins Report {Part 1}

September 9, 2015: This report includes an update on The Hackathon and HB213 Digital Citizenship. The Hackathon has a primary purpose to help underprivileged children and youth in Utah County have more access to STEM skill-building and networking opportunities. For HB213, EPIK is providing a digital citizenship resources website as well as inviting school community councils to “do something more” through what we are calling a positives pilot.


Envisioning Digital Citizenship {Part 2}

September 9, 2015: A simple insight for us all to realize is that whether we realize it or not, if we use technology in any way, we are digital citizens! One of the insights that the group kept coming back to is that technology magnifies both the good and the bad. We believe that the best ideas of ways children and youth can use technology for good will need to be created with the children and youth — not about them without them!


Digital Citizenship Positives Pilot Launch

November 10, 2015: We had a great Positives Pilot Launch meeting, facilitated by EPIK (in collaboration with Paula Plant of USOE, and hosted by Carrie Rogers-Whitehead at the West Jordan Library). This report will include a brief summary of the meeting, including links to meeting handouts and outputs.


Utah County Hack-a-thon

December 12, 2016: The Utah County 4-H hosted a hack-a-thon for youth and adults to get excited about technology.

EPIK hosted a portion asking youth to advise us on how technology should be taught and how to improve their community with technology. Check out our google drive folder here to see how we set up the brainstorming and the great ideas youth gave for how they would improve our communities and schools with technology. Youth have such a different perspective on technology and it is worth listening to.


Positive DigCit Movement Meeting

April 20-21, 2017: EPIK Deliberate Digital invited leaders from various sectors to come together in building a Positive Digital Citizenship Movement. Through deliberate brainstorming, sharing stories, and post-it notes all over the wall we worked together to create a vision and values to guide the positive digital citizenship movement.




IMG_2822Issue Mapping - Kearns Youth Council

May 26, 2015

We don’t want to just unite community leaders to do something for or about children and youth, but to do something with children and youth. Youth should be involved in the community conversations and in the process of creating a vision for the future. They are the future!



8.28.14 issue map positives croppedNot About Them Without Them

September 26, 2014

In the spirit of "Not about [them] without [them]" we are happy to report that we were able to meet with a student council from a charter school, comprised of youth ages 11-14 (grades 6-8).