Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to Host Cyber-Seniors Tech Training Event in Conjunction with Connect.DC and Best Buy on Saturday, January 16
See how teen mentors are helping older adults connect through technology
What: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and Cyber-Seniors in conjunction with Connect.DC and Best Buy will come together at the Washington Senior Wellness Center and help teen volunteers help older adults learn how to use technology and access the Internet. Connect.DC will be contributing its Mobile Tech Lab for the event, equipped with WiFi and 10 computer stations set-up within the mobile vehicle. Media are invited to attend and observe tech training sessions and hear from local youth and senior participants, followed by a tour of the Mobile Tech Lab.
High res stills and broadcast quality video available from Cyber-Seniors film and program.
Saturday, January 16th, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 1 hour intro to computers/tablets training
Video interview with participant and mentor discussing what issues they faced when younger and what support system were available? Video footage will be edited by the teens in an ongoing video learning project and shared with all participants/community.
11:00 a.m. – Lunch Break
12:00 p.m. -Tablet training and video interviews to continue
1:00 p.m. – End of event
Washington Senior Wellness Center & D.C. Mobile Tech Lab
3500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20032
- Heidi Kotzian, Executive Director, Cyber-Seniors
- LeVar Jones, Teen Program Director, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington D.C.
- Michell Morton, Program Development Manager, Connect.DC Digital inclusion Initiative
Visual: Photos/footage of children from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington FBR Branch @ the Senior Wellness Center and Mobile Tech Lab teaching older adults how to use computers. Video interviews of senior participants discussing what issues they faced when they were younger. Also in attendance will be community members, Cyber-Seniors, Best Buy, Connect.DC and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington representatives.
Cyber-Seniors is leading efforts to connect youth mentors and older adults to expand technology skills and improve social networks. Building on the award-winning documentary “Cyber-Seniors” and the high school community service project that inspired it, Cyber-Seniors encourages intergenerational connections. Learn more at www.cyberseniorsdocumentary.com
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) is one of the largest major metro affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Celebrating 128 years of continuous service to children, teens and families, BGCGW serves nearly 12,000 youth annually at 14 sites throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Through a variety of educational, sports and recreation, health, arts, and character development programs, BGCGW creates a positive environment where children are encouraged to develop their ambitions and turn them into GREAT FUTURES. BGCGW helps boys and girls of all backgrounds; especially those who need us most. We help to build confidence, develop character, and acquire skills that prepare them for school and life as productive, civic-minded, responsible citizens. For more information, please call 202-540-2300 or visit our website at www.bgcgw.org.
Created by the Government of the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), Connect.DC works to bridge the digital divide by making technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents and community institutions. Together with our partners, we are working to ensure District residents can take full advantage of everything technology has to offer.
Michael Rupert, Connect.DC
LeVar Jones, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington
LJones@bgcgw.org (202) 553-6421
Heidi Kotzian, Cyber-Seniors