Preparing our youth to lead in the age of digital disruption!





June 22 to July 3, 2020 


This summer program is designed to provide students 

ages 11-15 with foundational leadership competencies

that will aid in leading in a digital world. Leadership

competencies and concepts include emotional intelligence,

interpersonal communicationsteam work, decision

-making, conflict resolution, digital resilience and

etiquette, among other critical skills of effective leadership.

Program includes:

- 2.5 hours of live interactive sessions daily from 9:30 am-12 pm
- Peer collaboration, games, role-playing, mentorship,

and other self-paced active learning activities. 
- Students will develop personal leadership plans that will guide them

as they move through their educational and professional pathways
- Students will earn a certificate of completion in Foundations of Leadership


Costs is $400 ($50 non-refundable registration and $175 per week); Seats are limited


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January 2019


Teaching Digital Natives is joining IBM, FIU and Trend Micro to host nearly 300 middle school girls for IBM's Cyber Day for Girls taking place at FIU this January.

Summer 2019


Teaching Digital Natives is ramping up summer camps throughout South Florida. Details coming soon!

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Teaching Digital Natives

Today, technology is a fixture in everyday life. From smart phones and tablets to computers and online devices, connectivity to cyberspace is far outpacing our ability to instill essential cybersecurity education. User education remains one of the most under-invested and under-appreciated aspects of cybersecurity. Proper cyber hygiene, for starters, is critical in protecting youth and disadvantaged communities from the cyber criminals that prey on users with limited knowledge and understanding of cybersecurity.

By educating youth and families and retooling underserved communities, we can mitigate the dangers of the online world, cultivate a strong technology workforce, and make the Internet a secure experience for everyone!

Founded in 2017, Teaching Digital Natives is a non-profit educational initiative that provides technology, cybersecurity and leadership literacy for youth, veterans and other underserved populations. 

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An intense 4-hour course designed to teach children the behaviors required to maintain a healthy digital lifestyle. Program content includes cyber threats, online safety, social media etiquette, cloud-based computing, introduction to coding, and more.

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Provides teachers with essential tools that enable digital learning while cultivating cybersecurity awareness in students. The workshop includes informational resources and tips on incorporating digital technologies in the classroom.

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Parents are invaluable in protecting children from cybersecurity threats. This workshop examines the most significant cyber threats to kids and provides parents the tools to ensure a healthy digital lifestyle for their family.

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Introduces children to the foundation of leadership skills critically needed to succeed in the digital world. The program's inspiration draws from the concept of emotional intelligence that promotes grit, resilience, empathy, and social skills.

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An innovative course teaching computer programming and technical skills through interactive and exciting projects.

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Engages students in experiential learning to cultivate key leadership skills (team-building exercises, communication skills). Additionally, building skills that promote high emotional intelligence among youth.



This program engages students in experiential learning to cultivate key leadership skills. Similar to the Leadership Bootcamps, this program builds skills that promote high emotional intelligence among youth.


Our team is comprised of an interdisciplinary and diverse group of cybersecurity and leadership professionals with backgrounds in information security, computer science, cybersecurity policy, leadership, and education.

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Executive Director

Before joining Teaching Digital Natives, JC was the Executive Director of Development at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, where he served as a chief fundraising and development officer in support of the School’s mission, vision and goals.


Prior to his role at FIU, JC served as Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations at the University of Miami. In that role, JC was responsible for overseeing all university activities related to local government, as well as cultivating and leveraging relationships with business and non-profit organizations in Miami-Dade County. Before joining UM in 2008 as its director of government affairs, JC was Assistant to the County Manager of Miami-Dade County, where he was responsible for several key infrastructure departments. He started at the County as a Senior Policy Analyst for former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas and later served as Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs for former Mayor Carlos Alvarez.


Past chair of Leadership Miami, a program of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce which prepares the next generation of Miami leaders to meet future challenges, he remains active with the chamber, serving on its board, as well as the boards of CareerSource South Florida, L.I.V.E, and Florida Covering Kids and Families.


In addition to a Master’s of Public Administration from FIU, JC received his bachelor’s degree in business at UM.



Founder & Technical Director

Brian is founder and technical lead of Teaching Digital Natives. Brian also serves as director of Florida International University’s Institute for Public Policy and is an adjunct professor at FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs where he teaches courses on global cyber policy, national security studies, U.S. foreign policy, and international relations of Latin America. He is also the founding director of Cybersecurity@FIU and is a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America – ranked in the top 50 best think tanks in the United States. Brian has numerous publications, including two recent books Culture and Security in the Americas (Lexington Books) with Eduardo Gamarra and The New U.S. Security Agenda: The Trends and Emerging Threats (Palgrave) co-authored with Dr. Jonathan Rosen. Brian served in the U.S. Marines from 1997 to 2004 and facilitated the training of foreign military forces.



Cybersecurity Curriculum Developer

Mr. Jarrod D. Benjamin serves as the lead for cybersecurity curriculum development at Teaching Digital Natives. Previously, he served as the Outreach and Academic Development Programs Director and an Adjunct Professor at Florida Memorial University. He managed and developed curriculum embedded certifications for the Department of Computer Science, Math, and Technology. Mr. Benjamin also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The LEAD Firm. He is responsible for curriculum development, leadership training, keynote events, and serves as an organization consultantfor over 120 colleges and universities across the country. Oversight training includes Higher Education Enrollment Management Consultation, Student Leadership, Greek Life, and Student Affairs Professional Team Building. Mr. Benjamin is the founder and host of the Black and Multicultural Greek EMPOWERMENT Summit - Atlanta Edition,and serves as the Conference Coordinator for the Harbor Institute Annual ROADTRIP!TM  

Mr. Benjamin has worked in numerous leadership roles at institutions of higher learning, and the United States Army in Miami Florida, Honolulu Hawaii, Fort Gordon Georgia, Germany, Korea, Brisbane Australia, and Wellington New Zealand. His diligence and compassion for his work, has earned him the prestigious United States President’s Lifetime Award. Jarrod D. Benjamin is a proud military veteran, with over 48 months of combat deployment experience in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan as Cyber Technician and Network Engineer. 

A native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Mr. Benjamin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida Memorial University and a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Management from Nova Southeastern University.

Jarrod D. Benjamin is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Association for Student Affairs Professionals, Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values, Association of FraternityAdvisors, and the National Black MBA Association.


Program Facilitator

Pierina "Pie" Anton is the Program Facilitator for Teaching Digital Natives. Prior to working with TDN, she served as a Youth Immigrant Casework intern with the International Rescue Committee in Miami, Florida where she assisted in developing service plans for undocumented youth migrants and refugees. 


Pierina previously served as Head Delegate of Florida International University's Model United Nations team, where she helped lead the team to its #1 position in North America for the first time in university history. She also held a position as Secretary-General for FIMUN, the premier high school Model United Nations conference in South Florida, attended by over 200 students from Miami-Dade and Broward County. 


Her previous research includes the role of bilingual intercultural education in promoting inclusive learning environments for indigenous communities in Latin America, the effect of the technological revolution on women's employment, and the promotion of English-language learning and international exchange in Latin America and the Caribbean. 


Pierina was born in Venezuela and raised in Kissimmee, Florida before moving to Miami. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. 


Teaching Digital Natives is surrounded by the sharpest thinkers around!



Advisory Council Chair

Eduardo Cabrera is responsible for analyzing emerging cyberthreats to develop innovative and resilient enterprise risk management strategies for Fortune 500 clients and strategic partners. Before joining Trend Micro, he was a 20-year veteran and former CISO of the US Secret Service with experience leading information security, cyber-investigative and protective programs in support of the Secret Service integrated mission. He started his career investigating transnational cybercriminal groups targeting the financial and retail sectors and later led cyber-forensic operations in support of Secret Service large-scale data breach investigations. He then served as the Secret Service Strategic Advisor to the DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).


Advisory Council Member

Mauricio Angée is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with over 25 years of experience in healthcare, banking and financial services, hospitality, entertainment, and the government sector. Mauricio currently serves as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Fl., where he is responsible for setting the roadmap and strategy for the protection of information assets. Mr. Angée was the Computer Security Official (CSO) for Northrop-Grumman at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Kennedy Space Center, FL., where he supported the Kennedy Integrated Communications Services (KICS) contract. Mauricio currently serves in the Board of Directors, and as the Financial Sector Chief, at the FBI- Infragard information sharing group of South Florida, and is a member of the US Secret Service Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force. Mauricio is one of the most influential security professionals in his field. With his leadership skills and extensive experience, he has made significant contributions to the information security community.



Advisory Council Member

As a co-founder, board member and Digitalera, Patrick leads Digitalera's talented team of experts dedicated to providing world-class security compliance solutions and services to businesses, the public sector and independent service providers. His vision for making a world-class security products and service excellence affordable for organizations of all sizes is the driving force behind his vision at Digitalera. Prior to Digitalera, Patrick served in key leadership roles at Microsoft and Merisel Latin America, Inc.


Advisory Council Member

Saif Y. Ishoof, Esq. serves as Vice President for Engagement at Florida International University where he leads the office in incubating transformational partnerships. As VP for Engagement, Saif builds win-win-win partnerships that create sustainable change for the university and its students; public and private sector partners; and the global community. Previously, Saif served as founding Executive Director at City Year Miami, which provides 17-24 year olds an opportunity to serve one year in high-need schools as tutors, mentors and role models to address the opportunity gap. Under Saif's leadership, the organization more than doubled in size and scope with an expansion from 8 to 17 schools. Saif earned his bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. His professional career includes being a startup technology entrepreneur and executive in the agricultural and engineering space. In 2012, Saif co-founded a technology entrepreneurship initiative called TekFight to empower young innovators in Miami. Saif’s personal and professional life has been defined by a commitment to developing young people, building civic institutions, international dialogue, and entrepreneurship.


Advisory Board Member

Helve Longoria serves as the Chief Information Security Officer at Florida International University. She has over 20 years of experience and management in information and network security. Ms. Longoria’s innovation and leadership over the years have played a critical role in developing and enhancing Florida International University’s network.  In October 2014, Ms. Longoria’s work earned her the Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award in the Education Category by the Center for Digital Government. This award honors those in state and local government and education who have driven forward cybersecurity efforts in their communities. As a result of Ms. Longoria’s work, the Division was recognized for its commitment to data security. Most recently, under Ms. Longoria’s leadership, a new account recovery process and two-factor authentication was successfully rolled out to critical enterprise applications. As part of the on-going Security Enhancement Strategy, plans to roll out two-factor authentication to other applications and web logins are in progress. Ms. Longoria is also a facilitator for ‘Girls Who Code’, a club of about 25 girls from a local middle school who she meets with weekly to teach them how to code and discuss various technology topics such as cybersecurity. Ms. Longoria holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems.



Advisory Council Member

Raj Samani is Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee. He has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, and is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre in The Hague. Samani has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award, and Intel Achievement Award, among others. He is the coauthor of the book "Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid" and the "CSA Guide to Cloud Computing," as well as technical editor for numerous other publications. He can be found on twitter @Raj_Samani.


Contact us to schedule one of our essential cyber education programs or to find out when we will be in your area.

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