VolunTEEN Nation Bringing “Teens Teaching Tech” to Libraries

Volunteen_Nation.org.pngThere’s no denying that digital device usage is on the rise. According to the Pew Research Center, as of last September, 55 percent of Americans own a smartphone, over 40 percent a tablet computer, and nearly 35 percent an e-reader. Unsurprisingly, though, not all these device owners are equally adept when it comes to actually using them.

Young adults, in particular, usually have a leg up. With this in mind, a national nonprofit called VolunTEEN Nation recently launched a new grant program called “Teens Teaching Tech.” As that name suggests, the idea is to equip civically minded teens with the tools to give older senior citizens one-on-one technical support. Sessions are ordinarily held in libraries or community centers. In addition to helping bridge the digital divide, Teens Teach Tech goes a long way in fostering intergenerational understanding in participating community.

Program details are largely up to you, and will likely vary according to participants’ technology interests and needs. VolunTEEN Nation will supply basic training materials, funding for promotions, and volunteer T-shirts.

Friends of the Library attached to a school media center may apply, as may “any school-based club or homeschool community organization.” Friends of the Library associated with public libraries are welcome to apply, so long as they partner with one of the above.

Grant applications must be received by Monday, September 15. Click here to learn more, and to apply. Direct specific questions to simone@volunteennation.org.