Are afterschool professionals harnessing the power of social media to engage youth? Although we continually strive to create experiences that actively engage youth in our programs, social media is a tough competitor! The youth of today love social media because it’s fun, engaging, and a great way to showcase their voices while connecting with others. Instead of competing with social media for youth investment, why not create a safe and social space online during program hours! In this session, participants will learn how to incorporate social media into their afterschool programs and daily activities while promoting safe practices for involving students and professionals in productive online interactions. This informational session is for educators striving to close the digital divide, productively engage students, and build stronger relationships with them. Join us so you can join them!