To empower educators, parents and communities with informative, useful resources and solutions to help guide today’s digitally connected youth on making better decisions, mitigating new world risks and using the power of digital, devices and social media for their benefit.
WHAT WE DO
We provide the necessary tools and training programs for educators, law enforcement (SRO’s) and parents to help them instruct kids on safer, more responsible internet and device usage and better manage specific challenges that arise – including substance use, cyberbullying, sexting, online predators, loss of emotional intelligence, distracted driving and more.
HOW WE STARTED
As digital leaders, Marc and Jason had been helping out friends, neighbors and colleagues with ad-hoc, one-off discussions, presentations and advice around digital citizenship and internet safety. They have presented to countless companies, schools, neighborhood meetings, churches, and more over the past decade. It was clear there was a gap in knowledge, know-how and quality researched material.
In 2013, they discovered a program designed by the Douglas County (CO) Sheriff’s office that was the most progressive approach they had seen anywhere in the world at the time and used their curriculum (Youth Education and Safety in Schools) as the foundation for DFi.
Together, they assembled the expertise, platforms and skills to create the foundation of this effort, expanded the methodology, content and curriculum and launched it nationally. The program today is still provided at no cost to any state, school district or school who can use it.
MEET THE TEAM
CMO & Co-founder
As a parent and one of the early adopters and proponents of social media, Marc has seen the generational growth of “social” platforms from a unique perspective. He’s seen the emergence of children as digital natives, and the evolution of parents and instructors as digital immigrants. Through that lens, Marc realized that there was a gap in acumen, understanding and proper usage. He knew that something was needed, and Jason Breed felt the same way. Together they created DFI.
President & Co-founder
With over 18 years corporate experience in digital transformation, Jason has witnessed many strong business leaders struggle to adapt to technology and keep up with the pace of change that is required today. As a parent of three children who are digital natives, he has seen the education system struggle to keep up with the impacts of technology and he knows firsthand the challenges associated it. Jason’s goal is for DFI to lead the charge in teaching responsible digital use; bringing the best information available to students and parents, and helping them prepare for and make more informed decisions in an ever changing digital world.
deputy jay martin
Director of Training and Curriculum
Jay Martin is a father first, educator second and deputy third. His priorities in life are his children and the students he teaches. With his degree & license in education, Jay has been teaching his entire career even while being a deputy the last 17 years. In 2009, he was tasked by the Sheriff of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Castle Rock, Colorado to aid in the creation of a program beyond substance abuse to include digital technology and teen relationships. Recognized nationally in 2012 & 2017, the Youth Education and Safety in Schools program (Y.E.S.S.) is the foundation of DFi Today. Jay now leads the development and instruction of all DFi programs and lessons.
Director of Marketing & Board Member
Renée is a digital banking executive who serves as Vice President for USAA Bank Consumer Lending. Prior to joining the Digital Futures Initiative Board of Directors, Renée served in various philanthropic organizations including Technology Chair for the San Antonio Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, volunteering regularly in partnership with the Eastside Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio. Outside of work, Renée enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin, daughter Kayla, and son Joseph. She is an avid reader, CrossFit athlete, movie documentary and drama enthusiast.