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Celebrating 12,000 Learners Trained

Watch the celebration that took place on December 11. The press conference begins at 25:00.

In a year, Teens Teach Tech has helped 12,000 learners become more confident in their digital skills. Hear what some of the learners have to say about this program.

On November 17, Teens Teach Tech held a celebration for a team that has trained over 3,200 adults. Watch our live celebration with teens and mentors from We Care.

A look into Connected Nation’s Teens Teach Tech, powered by AT&T

Teens Teach Tech, powered by AT&T has already impacted the lives of thousands of learners and teens over the last year. The program focuses on increasing the digital skills of those who need it most while empowering teens to learn leadership skills and share their technological expertise.

Mentors in 16 states have formed teams of teenagers who are willing to go above and beyond for older adults and others in their communities who lack basic digital literacy. The teams have taught topics including: computer basics, internet basics, email basics, mobile device basics, cybersecurity and videoconferencing. Skills were taught in a variety of formats, with creativity in their approaches reigning supreme. No project has been the same.

Teens Teach tech aligns so well with what Makersville Services does in our community! I reached out for high school students who might wish to participate, and Miguel Hernandez (who leads a LEGO(r) Club at his school) responded. We made the plan to share it at the City of STEM and Los Angeles MakerFaire event on April 1st. He gathered Eugene Woods and the two worked to create a LEGO(r) model, understand the materials, and plan their sharing. On that day, Miguel and Eugene worked to share their information and reached 141 adults over 18! We had decided that the best way to handle their award was as a scholarship for their college expenses.
I chose to join Teens Teach Tech because I'm passionate about supporting children; and believe that each of them should start the school year with a new school bag, a new pair of shoes, and a new outlook on their lives.
My lifelong love of serving others, particularly in under-resourced communities is what has kept me on this journey for over 25 years. I have worked with people of all ages from birth to senior citizens and my latest work with intergenerational community technology gives me an exciting opportunity to connect youth and older adults together in a circle of mutual support. My work to address digital inequity in divested neighborhoods will serve as the catalyst to help improve the lives of others.
I am a 4-H Extension Agent and Entomologist. In my day to day professional life I help youth nature their passions. I have 2 groups of teens that are passionate about helping their communities by teaching technical skills to adults. One group are 4-H member in the Tech Changemakers program that attend national training to learn skills to teach Tech skills and the other group is teens who just want to see a positive change in their neighborhood and be part of the solution.
I was drawn to the position of mentor with Teen Tech Teach because I believe in bridging the digital divide and the transformative power of education. It is encouraging to see young people taking up leadership roles and imparting useful technological knowledge to adults in the Somali Community. I wanted to be a part of this program to help and empower individuals and teenagers to learn crucial skills that can improve their life and provide new opportunities. I can help my community grow and develop by serving as a mentor and promoting a supportive and learning environment.
The teens were prepared and able to answer many questions from the group. Most of our adults were seniors who were very appreciative of the teen’s knowledge! The subject of cybersecurity brought out many questions from our group. One of our ladies took copious notes and asked many questions. Later, she informed me that she has never used her laptop because it was always a bit too complex for her. Now, she may make the effort to try it out.