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Caris LeVert brings his 22 Initiative to Facebook HQ

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Ten high schoolers from Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School joined Caris LeVert on a visit to Facebook’s New York City HQ Wednesday, getting a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook and Instagram’s offices. Employees gave the students a presentation on their specific roles in the company and how sports are a huge factor in social media, especially the platforms they work with.

The event ended in the, “Big Shoes, Mini Room” where students were able to ask LeVert questions about his life on and off the court. The students, LeVert, Facebook, and Instagram employees also delved into their personal use of social media apps, suggestions for social networking and how the platforms work on the back end.

The Nets guard launched “The 22 Initiative” a year and a half ago as a way of giving back to the community — and remembering how challenging high school can be, whether it’s academics, unexpected life changes, personal tragedy or just simply needing someone to steer you in the right direction.

“We started a program for 22 kids around different high schools in Brooklyn and the idea is to spend time with them and have them do different stuff to help in the future,” LeVert told NetsDaily back then.

Nets players have been particularly active in the Brooklyn and New York community this season, participating in a broad variety of issues ... particularly helping the children of those who have lost touch with the larger community.

LeVert and co-owner Clara Wu Tsai were among those who sponsored a shopping spree at the NBA store for children whose parents were imprisoned on technical probation violations. Jarrett Allen took children of incarcerated parents on a Thanksgiving shopping spree in association with Children of Promise, while Kevin Durant dropped by a homeless children’s party sponsored by the Coalition for the Homeless. and Joe Harris is raising funds for Hoops2O which is bringing clean water to the children of East Africa.