Isabelle Fetherston, Pasco County Librarian, facilitates a program in the county where teens work with seniors to help them learn new technology like mobile devices. Isabelle contributed her vision for the future of Florida libraries in TBLC’s first Florida’s Visioning Challenge. Her vision was to bridge the digital divide at the library with seniors and teens.
“Bridge the digital divide at your library by making it easy for Seniors to learn how to use a computer. Train teen volunteers to give one-on-one beginning computer lessons with handouts for older adults (age 50+). Teens earn volunteer hours for scholarships and National Honor Society, while making a real difference in someone’s life. The intergenerational social aspect is great for Seniors and this program is a great confidence-builder for teens. It only costs staff time for scheduling appointments, the initial training hour for the teen, and making the handouts (you probably already have handouts from your computer classes).”
Below is the Powerpoint she uses for training the teens!