by Shova Adhikari, Outreach Coordinator, Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers
NYCH’s Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers (NCSC) program offered computer classes at Albion Library this past August. The program was organized in partnership with Albion Library and Youth Empowering Parents (YEP). Seven youth were recruited by YEP and Pathways to Education, and trained by both YEP and NCSC. They were then matched with senior caregivers to provide fun and friendly one-on-one support around the use of computers and technology.
Some of the seniors said this was the first time they had learned keyboarding and computer skills. One participant, Punam Bhai, expressed that he initially thought that the computer was beyond his capacity, but he joined the group after his friend encouraged him. Now, he has gained confidence and is excited to learn more.
One of the youth tutors, Komahan, made the link between youth’s digital knowledge and seniors who are keen on learning or upgrading skills. "It was great to give back to the community, especially in a way in which I could see the immediate results. Having been born into the digital age, I had not really given thought to the generational rift caused by technology…The seniors I worked with had a strong desire to be informed and independent and it was fulfilling to give them the tools they needed. One of my tutees was especially excited by Google Translate, knowing that he could now read the Toronto Star and follow local news - allowing him to be more civically engaged."
We thank YEP for recruiting youth participants and providing this exciting curriculum. We’d also like to acknowledge the dedication of NYCH School Settlement Worker, Sarwar Mustofa, and the support of Albion Library for use of their facilities.
Please contact Shova for more information on our Friendly Visiting program, social programs, and educational workshops for older adults: firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-208-9733. Please visit www.enriches.ca for further information about our collaborative initiative to reduce isolation among senior caregivers.
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