ifIknew is a health initiative for young adults that uses a multi media approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20's and 30's.

If I Knew is a prevention education project that raises awareness about risky behaviors that can profoundly impact lives.

Social Media Responsibility- How can it benefit us, and still be representitive of us?

How can you be yourself online, without risking your professionalism? Show off a bit. By now you know that posting unflattering photos or posts of yourself or others is not only impolite, it could ruin a reputation. But the upside of social media, is that you can also use it to showcase your skills. Artists, photographers, musicians, filmmakers, graphic designers, and more have been using social media for years to show the world their talents, and the best part is- most of these sites are free! Social media can be scary, but  can also be a place to broadcast your talent.

Use social networking to, you know, network: Social networking was invented to stay connected. This can mean a lot of different things. Now we live in a world where socail media can help you meet people, and maybe even help your career. If you are looking for a school or work opportunity, it’s okay to use social media, just be sure you are doing it responsibly. For example, posting “Need work, who can help?” on Facebook is not only abrasive, it’s too vague. But a post like, “I have years of experience in hospitality, does anyone know of any hotels that are hiring?” may just elicit a helpful response.

Use each social media site for its intended purpose. Facebook was invented for connecting with friends, Twitter for conversation and quick response, Instagram for photo sharing, LinkedIn for work connections. It’s tempting to let each site be a catch-all for all of our thoughts and feelings, but if we allow each site to do its job, your profiles will look more professional, and more individual.

Google yourself. See if you can find your Facebook or Twitter through a search engine and look at it through the eyes of a stranger, or better yet, try to see it as your mom would. See anything mom would hate? It might be a sign to take it down.

The Internet isn’t going anywhere. It’s a permanent fixture in our culture. Like anything else, if we keep up with the changes, and embrace the good, we can survive and thrive.