Assisting Seniors with Digital Literacy, Meet YourTechQ
Digital literacy can have a significant impact on the lives of older adults and Jesuit High School sophomores Anisha Dasgupta and Shomik Sen are looking to make a difference as co-Founders and co-Leaders of YourTechQ. Their goal: to provide that free technical support.
They are also looking to recruit more high school volunteers who will be supporting their team to strengthen the intergenerational educational pathways, where older participants and younger trainers build skills and connections together.
Benefits for seniors learning technology
Social isolation due to covid, our constant transition to digitized world, and our grandparents’ helplessness to keep up with technology, motivated us to start our non-profit organization, YourTechQ. We both are current high schoolers and part of the class of 2024, and our vision is to bridge the digital divide by unifying our communities through technology.
We established our organization in March of 2022 primarily focusing on helping the elderly. Despite some initial struggle to connect with communities, we have helped over a hundred elderly across six different communities since September 2022. Our workshops consist of one-hour lectures on content which we create, followed by one-on-one help for the residents.
Learning goals might be anything from using a smartphone to creating a Facebook account or navigating an online shopping portal. “I learned so much and I think it was critical for some of our residents who are relatively new to technology,” said one of our digital literacy workshop participants.
Apart from getting generous sponsorship from Comcast and the City of Portland, we were the youngest presenters at the NOIA conference. Presenting on a national platform in front of more than eight hundred digital equity leaders was an incredible experience!
For more information, visit: www.yourtechq.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org